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Best Books About Armenia

Recommendations from 5 articles, Phil Shapiro.
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The Sandcastle Girls
Chris Bohjalian - 2013-04-16 (first published in 2012)
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When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. It’s 1915, and Elizabeth has volunteered to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War. There she meets Armen, a young Armen...
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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Franz Werfel - 2012-01-31 (first published in 1933)
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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh is Franz Werfel's masterpiece that brought him international acclaim in 1933, drawing the world's attention to the Armenian genocide. This is the story of how the people of several Armenian villages in the mountains along the coast of present-day Turkey and Syria chose not to obey the deportation order of the Turkish gov...
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Black Dog of Fate
A Memoir
Peter Balakian - 2009-02-10 (first published in 1997)
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"His visions are burning -- his poetry heartbreaking," wrote Elie Wiesel of American poet Peter Balakian. Now, in elegant prose, the prize-winning poet who James Dickey called "an extraordinary talent" has written a compelling memoir about growing up American in a family that was haunted by a past too fraught with terror to be spoken of openly. Bla...
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The Spice Box Letters
A Novel
Eve Makis - 2016-09-13 (first published in 2015)
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Katerina longs to know why her late grandmother, Miriam, refused to talk about the past, especially when she inherits a journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written in Armenian, Miriam’s mother tongue.On vacation in Cyprus, Katerina finds the key to unlocking her grandmother’s secrets and discovers a fami...
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Family of Shadows
A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream
Garin K. Hovannisian - 2010-09-21
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Combining the historical urgency of The Burning Tigris, the cultural sweep of Middlesex, and the psychological complexity of Bending Toward the Sun, Garin K. Hovannisian's Family of Shadows is a searing history of Armenia, realized through the lives of three generations of a single family. In Family of Shadows, Hovannisian traces the arc of his fam...
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History of Armenia
A Captivating Guide to Armenian History, Starting from Ancient Armenia to Its Declaration of Sovereignty from the Soviet Union
Captivating History - 2019-11-16
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If you want to discover the captivating history of Armenia, then keep reading...The tale of Armenia has its beginnings as a glorious ancient kingdom, one that commanded the respect of nations as mighty as Egypt and Babylonia. As its history takes a turn for the darker, each chapter reads like a roll call of the most famous of figures: Antony and Cl...
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My Name Is Aram
William Saroyan - 2013-05-22 (first published in 1940)
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Hailed by The New York Times as "marvelously captivating," William Saroyan's 1940 international bestseller recounts the exploits of an Armenian clan in northern California at the turn of the twentieth century. Based on the author's loving and eccentric extended family, the characters in these 14 related short stories enact humorous and touching sce...
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The Cuisine of Armenia
Sonia Uvezian - 2001-07-31 (first published in 1974)
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Situated at the crossroads of east and west between the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian seas, the richly historic region of Armenia has provided the world with one of its most varied and exciting culinary traditions. Fragrant with the aromas of spices and herbs, Armenian cuisine abounds in succulent kebabs, stuffed vegetables and fruits, opulent ...
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The Last Time I Lied
A Novel
Riley Sager - 2019-04-02
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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she—or anyone—saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door...
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The Hundred-Year Walk
An Armenian Odyssey
Dawn Anahid MacKeen - 2016-01-12
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The inspiring story of a young Armenian’s harrowing escape from genocide and of his granddaughter’s quest to retrace his steps Growing up, Dawn MacKeen heard fragments of her grandfather Stepan’s story, of how he was swept up in the deadly mass deportation of Armenians during World War I and of how he miraculously managed to escape. Longing for a f...
My Grandmother by Fethiye Cetin
Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan by Aram Haigaz
Burning Orchards by Gurgen Mahari
Great Catastrophe by Thomas de Waal
The Caucasus by Thomas de Waal
Song Of America by George M. Mardikian
I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen by Leon Z. Surmelian
Chechnya by Carlotta Gall
[ { BLACK GARDEN by Thomas de Waal
Rise the Euphrates by Carol Edgarian