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The Locust and the Bird: My Mother's Story- In a masterly act of literary transformation, Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic life of her mother, Kamila, in Kamila’s own voice. And so we see 1930s Beirut through the eyes of the unschooled but irrepressibly spirited ten-year-old child who arrives there from a small village in southern Lebanon with her own mother and siblings. We see her drawn to the excitements of the city, to the thrill of the cinema, and, most powerfully, to Mohammed, the young man w by Hanan Al-Shaykh

Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden

Men Who Ruled Kenya: Kenya Administration, 1892-1963 - T his book is a study of the Kenyan Administrative Service from its establishment in 1892 until Kenya became independent in 1963. Uniquely in the British Empire, some areas of Kenya were considered to be 'white man's country', and they attracted a mixed bag of settlers. Many worked hard to build up the territory and their farms, but some regarded Kenya as a rich man's playground - as so vividly portrayed in the book and film, 'White Mischief'. The Admin by Charles Chenevix Trench

Japanese homes and their surroundings - Written by the author of Glimpses of China and Chinese Homes, this volume details the various indoor and outdoor features of traditional Japanese homes. Fully illustrated by the author, the book describes all aspects of Japanese domestic architecture, from the tiles used on the roofs to the mats used on the floors; from the layouts of the rooms to the housewares used to fill them. Then, he moves outside to delight the reader with the splendor of the flowers, trees and by Edward Sylvester Morse

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty - Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliam's - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedy's; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a c by Catherine Bailey

Come, Tell Me How You Live - Agatha Christie was already a celebrated writer of mysteries when, in 1930, she married the archaeologist Max Mallowan. In the pre–war years thereafter, Christie enthusiastically joined her husband on various archaeological expeditions in the Middle East, and these shared adventures, these happy and memorable times, provided her not only with the background for several of her novels, but also with the “everyday doings and happenings” which she zestfully describes in the pa by Agatha Christie

Birdless Summer (China : Autobiography, History, Book 3) - Suyin has also written a monumental multi-volume autobiography, which includes The Crippled Tree (1965), A Mortal Flower (1966), Birdless Summer (1968), My House Has Two Doors (1980), Phoenix Harvest (1980), A Share of Loving (1987), and Wind in My Sleeve (1992). These lyrical books introduce a western audience to the vast breadth of Chinese history from ancient times to the present through the story of her family clan and herself. I'll wager you'll by Han Suyin

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