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Sep 5, 2013 — Do recent events have you wishing for more insight into Syria? Critic Marcela Valdes — with some help from experts on the region — recommends five great reads. From the diaries of a threatened novelist to a study of Syrian lingerie, these books reveal new facets of a complex country.
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Jun 23, 2013 — When her abusive ex-husband kidnapped their daughter and returned to Syria, Louise Monaghan went after them. The story of how she escaped with her life and her daughter is the subject of her new book, Stolen.
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Mar 5, 2013The Silence and the Roar doesn't explicitly take place in Syria, but the similarities between its setting and author Nihad Sirees' home country are undeniable. Sirees' work has been banned from publication in Syria, where he's considered an opponent of the government.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mojha Kahf. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 7, 2006The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, a new novel by Mojha Kahf is about a Syrian girl transplanted to the American Midwest in the 1970s. The book delves into clashes among Muslims and bigotry from non-Muslim Americans.
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Mar 31, 2005 — Flynt Leverett is a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. A veteran expert on Middle East policy — from the National Security Council to the CIA, Leverett has also written a book, Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial By Fire, about Bashar al-Assad's rule of Syria.
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