Lauren Bohn is a multimedia journalist based in Istanbul and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative dedicated to amplifying female voices in foreign policy. She's the founding assistant editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, where she was a Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee.
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From the aftermath of the Arab Spring to a rooftop shack in Cairo, If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English follows the unexpected love story between an Egyptian American woman and a man from a village, exploring the gaps in American identity politics when exported overseas. This debut novel is a dark romance told in alternating perspectives, examining the ethics of fetishizing a homeland and punishing the beloved. With questions on the new faces and races of empire in the twenty-first century, this book explores the disappointment of a failed revolution and who suffers - and who gets to tell about it.
Just read @noor_naga’s If An Egyptian Cannot Speak English in one sitting and WHEW. One of the best books I’ve read on the collision of identities and belonging—and power—under global capitalism. Mish ma2ool. – source
A family in search of safety and a place to call home. Follow their story from life in the world's largest refugee camp to their journey to America, where anything was possible. Asad Hussein's dream of writing led to an inspiring story of perseverance, long odds, and uncommon generosity. Beyond the Sand and Sea is a meticulously reported book that highlights the broken refugee resettlement system and the strength of refugees who never lost faith in America.
Happy pub day to @TyMcCormick whose beautiful book BEYOND THE SAND AND SEA about a family of refugees and their 30-year odyssey to reach the US is one of the best I’ve read this year. Join him tonight in convo w/ the brilliant @Nanjala1: – source
Also recommended byAnne-Marie Slaughter
"Never Forgotten" is a poignant picture book about family, memory, and freedom. Written by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, this lush story-in-verse explores a young black boy's heartbreaking journey into slavery and his father's grieving process. Set in West Africa, this 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book is a treasure for African American families and an unforgettable read for all.
I just spent the morning reading Patricia C. McKissack’s children’s book “Never Forgotten.” It’s been a while since I’ve read something so beautiful, so searing. So nurturing. So elementally powerful. Buy it now. 🦋🌬✨ – source
In "Against White Feminism," Rafia Zakaria exposes the long-standing affinity between white feminism and colonial, patriarchal, and white supremacist ideals. As an American Muslim woman, Zakaria champions a reconstruction of feminism, centering women of color in this counter-manifesto to white feminism, and refuting and reimagining its apolitical aspirations. Zakaria covers a range of topics, from the legacy of British feminist imperialist savior complex to the condescension of the white feminist-led "aid industrial complex," ultimately placing black and brown feminist thought at the forefront of her staggering, radical critique.
Also recommended byFatima Bhutto