Good writing about the Middle East, IMO, avoids exoticizing and sensationalizing, and focuses on ordinary people. These are a few books that do this exceptionally well.
I wish there were more books like this. Funny, humane, poignant.
Joris Luyendijk$14.95 $13.75
A Dutch journalist's really blunt and smart commentary on how the news is made. Invaluable.
G. Willow Wilson$16.00 $14.72
I liked this memoir because it reminded me of my own time in Egypt.
Elliott Colla$14.95 $13.75
Genre fiction of the best kind, using a detective (an Iraqi man during the American occupation) to expose a rotten system.
Rabih Alameddine$16.00 $14.72
Wonderful novel about an older woman who's a literary translator -- and the Lebanese civil war.
Carla Power$22.00 $19.80
If you want to know more about the Quran, let Carla Powers be your avatar. This is a lovely, generous book.
Deepak Unnikrishnan$17.99 $16.55
Great, occasionally chilling short fiction about guest workers in the UAE.
Peter Hessler$28.00 $25.20
Leans slightly too heavily on the ancient Egypt, but I love that Hessler can compare Egypt and China, which is a perspective we don't often see.