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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Butterfly Mosque and Kitchen Confidential - adult titles
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam is a book I heard about recently that sounded really interesting to me. It's a memoir, my favorite genre of non fiction, and is the story of a young American woman who moved to Egypt, converted to Islam, and married an Egyptian man, all near the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. I found it to be very interesting, but I wasn't as completely pulled in as I expected to be. It was a book that would definitely provoke a lot of good conversation in a book group, because there was a lot of discussion about faith, acceptance, family, love and culture.
Kitchen Confidential is the book by Anthony Bourdain that my husband's reading group is reading next month and it's an expose of his life in the restaurant industry. This book has a LOT of bad language in it, so it's definitely for adults, but it was really, really interesting. He and his friends were pretty wild, and his chef experience sounds a bit harrowing at times. He wrote the book long before he had his TV show and everything, but he'd already been a chef for over 20 years. There was a lot of background on the restaurant industry combined with a lot of personal anecdotes, written in a staccato style that's just like his personality. We listened to the book on CD and it was read by the author, so that was a nice little bonus.