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10 Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

They say laughter is the best medicine. It is scientifically proven that laughing not only relieves physical tension and stress but also boost our immune system. So, in order to give you good and hearty chuckle, we scanned our bookstore and came across with these 10 book titles. Some of these books are old, some new – some are for young readers and some for slightly older- but all humorous reads and will surely make you laugh out loud.

Just Enough Jeeves Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves by  P.G. Wodehouse

Just Enough Jeeves Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves by  P.G. Wodehouse

The obscenely hilarious comedy stories in P.G. Wodehouse book, Just Enough Jeeves Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. will give you many uncontrollable belly laughs. It contains two novels and a set of short stories each starts out with dim young aristocrat Bertie and his omniscient manservant, Jeeves. If you are still unfamiliar with P.G. Wodehouse work and want to read something that will make you laugh out loud, this is a brilliant place to start.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch-22

Considered as one of the most celebrated and funniest novels of all time, Catch-22 is the story of the unparalleled, U.S. Army Air Force B-25 bombardier John Yossarian, who along with his fellow airmen in the camp attempted to keep their sanity with the intention of fulfilling their service requirements so that they may go back home. However, this satirical book by the American author Joseph Heller received no awards upon release, it has named as the best American novel written in the 20th century.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir by  Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir by  Jenny LawsonYou’ll perhaps want to read this book in private as multiple parts of this book will give you impulsive maniacal laughter. The book skims through a series of humorous scenes, giving an intimate view of Lawson’s most terribly and remarkably human moments, causing readers to chuckle and cringe at the same moment.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A book like no other, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy shows always to look on the bright side of life. It teaches how you can laugh even in the face of death and destruction. The story revolves around Arthur Dent, totally normal English guy, who is thrust into a seriously gigantic situation that he’s totally unprepared for. This sci-fi book, packed full of adventure and humor, helps the hero and us to learn that no matter how bad or absurd things or conditions get, you can always laugh.

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy TooleWritten in the 1960s, but published in 1980 by Louisiana State University Press, A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece chronicles the story of Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy 30-year-old man who lives with his mother in New Orleans. The novel earned a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for fiction in the year 1981 and sold more than 1.5m copies in print all over the world and has been published in 18 languages. 

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Bestselling author of “Naked”, David Sedaris again with his witty writing proves that he is probably the funniest writer in America. In his fourth book, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, humorist and essayist, Sedaris talks about the loss of language and recommends that the inability to express oneself articulately is equivalent to absurdity. The book contains a number of humorous stories that guaranteed to make you laugh so hard for so long.

Wilt by Tom Sharpe

Wilt by Tom Sharpe

First published in 1976 by Secker and Warburg, Wilt is a humorous novel by author Tom Sharpe revolving around the titular character, Henry Wilt. Wilt us an unfortunate assistant lecturer at Fenland College of Arts & Technology who is physically tortured and mentally harassed by his emotionally immature but physically powerful wife, Eva. And to get rid of her wife, he plans to kill her. Throughout the story, Wilt finds embarrassment and chaos, which at last lead him to find and understand his own power. Rich in humor and filled with hilarious twists, this funny novel will never let you to put down the book for a second.

Company by Max Barry

Company by Max Barry

Company is a fast-paced rough black comedy about the corporate management and office politics. The novel starts with a new employee, Stephen Jones, who enters into the corporate world after finishing his graduation. He meets there with co-workers and after a few days of his joining realize that he has no idea who its customers really are. All the characters are extremely funny that will give you a belly laugh for sure.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

In a Sunburned Country

Best known writer of humorous books, Bill Bryson will never disappoint you through his writing. You will enjoy his adventures in the land of extremes, i.e. Australia and his wonderful and comic descriptions of his views on Canberra, his representation of a cricket match and the trouble he faced in a hotel in Darwin. He not only makes you laugh-out-loud with his fantastic and amusing descriptions but also amazes you with loads of interesting information he presented about the geology, ecology, history and folklore of Australia, and several unknown aspects of Australian life.

The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper FfordeThe Eyre Affair A Thursday Next Novel

Packed with literary references, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a funny, freaking hysterical tale set in an alternate universe, a place where books are living things. The author has marvelously and creatively put the name of his characters and situations. Published in 2000, this playfully irreverent, childishly sensational and extremely imaginative was Fforde’s first novel.

If you have any other book/s to add to the list, or if you’ve enjoyed any of the above mentioned books, share them in the comments.

Top 10 Teen and Young Adult Book Series

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

Suffused with love triangles, adventure anger, tragedy, anguish, blood and strong male and female protagonists, this wonderful collection of teen and young adult book series selected by our editorial team will not only appeal to teenagers or young adults but also to those whose ages have already crossed the teen level. For everyone who wishes to jump upon the excited world of teen and YA fantasy, these amazing and adventurous series are worth reading.

Harry Potter Series

harry potter

Named after titular character, Harry Potter, this series of seven fantasy novels, including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling have been made into movies by Warner Bros Pictures. Translated into 67 languages, the series chronicles the tale of young wizard, Harry Potter and his expedition through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Suffused with the elements of suspense, thriller, adventure and mystery, the book has received a host of awards since publication.

Divergent Series

divergent seriesSet in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, this #1New York Times bestseller trilogy by Veronica Roth exposes the secrets of a dystopian world. The author spun a gripping tale of a world, where children are divided into five factions according to their abilities such as Erudite, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Candor. Beatrice Prior, the main protagonist and a strong-willed sixteen-year-old girl of the novel, doesn’t fit in the criteria. This fast-paced young adult series encompasses Insurgent, Divergent and Allegiant

Twilight Series

twilight series

American author Stephenie Meyer wrote this wonderful series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels. It tells the unusual love story of Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The books in order are – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Written by Suzanne Collins all the three titles of this trilogy has been a NY Times bestsellers. This adventurous science fiction series consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Percy Jackson and Olympians series

Rick Riordan authored this pentalogy of adventure and sci-fi books. Sold 20m copies in more than 35 countries; this series has been on ”The New York Times” Best Seller list for more than 55 months. Riordan’s YA fantasy series has been released along with four supplementary books and a graphic novel.  The books in order are- The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.

The Giver series

The Giver Series

Written by Lois Lowry, this is a tale of 12-year old boy named Jonas who receives a life assignment. The boy chose the special way that leads him to a strange unknown man- the man called only the Giver. He knows the truth and memories of the past and tells him the dark secrets that lie beneath the flimsy perfection of his world. Set in the same future era, this series contains three other books named- The novel forms Gathering Blue (2000), Messenger (2004), and Son (2012).

The Mortal Instruments Series

The Mortal Instruments Series

The author Cassandra Clare has written this series of six young adult science fiction and fantasy novels. The series consists of City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and  City of Heavenly Fire. The last novel in the series has not been published yet.

Vampire Academy Series

Vampire Academy series

A series of six YA paranormal romance books by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy is a story of teen Dhampir girl, Rose Hathaway, who is training to be a bodyguard for her Moroi bestfriend, Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir. The books Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice. The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, was being made into a motion picture.

The Maze Runner Trilogy

The maze runner series

Written by James Dashner, this trilogy- The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, revolves around a teen named Thomas who combats to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The first book in this YA dystopian sci-fi trilogy has been made into movie in 2014 by Fox.

Delirium Series

Delrium seriesThis wonderful YA Dystopian trilogy,  written by Lauren Oliver, chronicles the story of Lena and Alex, two teens who fall in love with each other in a society where love is considered as a disease. Published in January 2011, this dystopian YA series consists of Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem.

 

12 Books to Give Mom This Year

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

It’s again the special time to shower all your love and care to your mom. This mother’s day gift her a beautiful present, which is permanent and worthy, like herself. Generally, mothers don’t wish for gifts but can empty all her coffer to fulfill the wish of her children. This time surprise her as nothing can be more endearing to her than a sweet memorable gift from her daughter or son. If you are still racking your brain thinking of what to gift your mom, bring a smile on her face by gifting a book that she’ll really treasure.

We have compiled here a list of books from cookery, memoirs, romance, and health to business books. You can gift one of these books or wrap up the entire collection for your mom, grandma or wife.

Cookbook

The Heart of the Plate Vegetarian Recipes for A New GenerationThe Heart of the Plate Vegetarian Recipes for A New Generation: If your mom loves cooking, you can give her Mollie Katzen’s, The Heart of the Plate. In this book, the author has revealed a selection of simple, healthy and mouthwatering dishes. Vibrantly illustrated with neat and clear photographs, the book contains the recipes of all savory dishes that can help mom experiment with new ways to make food.

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, The Kinfolk Tableby Nathan  Williams: If your mom is a fan of minimalist aesthetic, The Knifolk Table by Nathan Williams is a perfect gift for her. From the creators of the magazine, this gorgeous coffee-table-style book comprises simple and creative traditional recipes along with beautiful pictures.

Fiction

Still LIfe with Bread CrumbsStill LIfe with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Your mom will love to read #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen’s, “Still life with bread crumbs”. This book shows the inner life of a woman photographer, Rebecca Winter, whose best work made her an unlikely heroine for many women, finding her way after her husband betrays her.  

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer: Your mom will love to read thisThe Interestings skillfully written novel, admired by fans and critics. Wide in scope and filled with extremely captivating characters, this book by Meg Wolitzer tells the story of six friends who come together and apart in a changing New York City. The Interestings investigates the nature of envy; meaning of talent; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and slope suddenly over the course of a friendship and a life.

History

ZealotZealot The Life And Times of Jesus Of Nazareth by Reza Aslan:

Allow your mother to immerse herself in this charming, provocative, and carefully researched biography of Jesus of Nazareth and the birth of a religion. From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God, this amazingly written book gives a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told. Also the book sheds light on the sweeping and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission.

Health book

How Not to Look Old Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10How Not to Look Old Fast Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better by Charla Krupp

Give a gift of good health to your mom! This fantastic book by Krupp, the former beauty director for Glamour and the style expert for Today Show provides the secrets for looking stylish and fabulous. Filled with eye-opening details on hair color, brows, lipstick, etc, this is a perfect treat for all women of a certain age; who cannot spend much money on her looks to high maintenance or women who believe in looking fabulous at any price.

Romance book

The Movement of Stars by Amy BrillThe Movement of Stars by Amy Brill:

Give your mom an escape into the love story of the first professional female astronomer in America, Hannah Gardner and a strange man who understands and tries to fulfill her dreams. Set in 1845 Nantucket Beautifully written and hugely impressive, this Debut novel by Amy Brill contains themes of love, science, motherhood and women’s history.

Business book

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg:

If your mom works in a company, she must aware about the gender Lean In by Sheryl Sandberginequality in the workplace. From the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl comes a book explaining the gender parity faced by women in workplace. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques to fix things. Written with wisdom and humor, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is a perfect read for any working women.   

Short story collection

Dear Life by Alice MunroDear Life by Alice Munro:

Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature, Dear Life is a short story collection book from the master storyteller, Alice Munro. This book will give your mom emotional narratives-ranging from bittersweet to completely heart-trending. Exalted by Munro’s sharp insight and her matchless gift for storytelling, Dear Life demonstrates how extraordinary and terrifying life can be.

Home Décor book

The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Living Arrangements for AnyThe Plant Recipe Book Home in Any Season, by Baylor Chapman

If your mom has ever mentioned that she wants to learn how to create stunning living plant décor, this is the book for her. The Plant Recipe Book is the follow up to the most popular Flower Recipe Book containing all the basic planting techniques, expert advice, sourcing, plant care and exquisite arrangements that will suit every kind of light and décor.

Memoir

Everybody's Got Something by Robin RobertsEverybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts

This is a wonderful memoir by Good Morning America anchor, Robin Robert’s in which she tells about her incredible journey that’s been her life so far. Through this book, Robin shares the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned along the way. This is an inspiring story of a woman who with her wisdom, hope and encouragement overcomes breast cancer and the pain and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away.  

A House in the Sky A Memoir by  Amanda Lindhout, SaraA house Corbett

This is an impressive and suspenseful memoir of Amanda Lindhout, a lady who embark on a journey to the world’s most attractive, perilous and remote places. Working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, Amanda has a dream to travel the globe. She went to Latin America, Sudan, Syria, Bangladesh, India, Laos, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries to understand the sympathy in the face of incredible adversity.

Wishing all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Top 9 Books On Leadership

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

There is a leader in each one of us. Some are born leaders and some have to discover it within. Leadership never means popular faces with lots of followers but definitely it means a name that people look up to in all situations. True leaders are those who help you attain the path of your success and happiness.

We are here compiling a small list of great books written to improve leadership qualities. This list targets professionals, individuals and businesses.

Books That Help You to Build And Improve Your Leadership Skills

Now, Discover Your StrengthsNow, Discover Your Strengths How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton is a wonderful and unique self-help book helps in identifying the most prevalent human strengths. The authors advocate focusing on enhancing strengths rater than focusing on removing weaknesses. Follow up of coauthors’ popular last book, First, Break All the Rules, it comprises 34 personal character attributes named by authors as “talent themes” and explains how to develop the required skills more easily, improve employee confidence and the company’s overall performance.

Authentic LeadershipAuthentic Leadership

This is a perfect book for the millions of people who wish for authentic, moral, character-driven leaders. Bill George, the former CEO and the chairman of Medtronic, explicitly recounts many of the toughest challenges he came across—from ethical predicaments and battles with the FDA to his own journey to become a successful leader. With his book, Authentic Leadership, the author provides five essential dimensions of authentic leaders-purpose, heart, values, relationships and self-discipline.

 Jack Straight from the Gut

This is a useJack Straight from the Gutful management book by a successful businessman who has often admired for his excellent leadership skills, Jack Welch. It gives a fresh and inspiring look into the qualities of a successful leader. One of the most influential people of 20th century, John demonstrates his childhood days, his college years, his career as the CEO and chairman of GE, his leadership styles, management beliefs, philosophy and secretes of his success. He brings to light the competitive process and the struggle he made to become the CEO of GE. 

Books That Help You to Enhance the Company’s Overall Performance through Your Leadership Expertise

Self Leadership and the One Minute ManagerSelf Leadership and the One Minute Manager: The number one New York Times bestselling author, Ken Blanchard, with coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins, teaches the skills of self-leadership through his captivating business book, The One Minute Manager. By following the techniques mentioned by Ken on his book, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide increased their efficiency, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity.

In Search of Excellence Lessons from America’s Best-RunIn Search of Excellence Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies Companies

In Search of Excellence’ is Tom Peter’s first book that sold more than 6 million copies and still is one of the most readable books of all time. Co-authored with Bob Waterman, this phenomenal bestseller comprises eight characteristics of excellent companies; namely action-stimulating, customer-oriented, self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship, profit-maximizing practices– that made these companies tick. This is the result of two decades of rigorous researches conducted by these two brilliant authors in forty-three of America’s most successful companies from a diverse array of business sectors.

Execution The DExecution The Discipline of Getting Things Doneiscipline of Getting Things Done

Written by the former chairman and CEO of Honeywell International- Larry Bossidy and the legendary advisor to CEOs and senior executives- Ram Charan, Execution emphasis on the fact that any company does not become successful only through the brilliant strategies they followed but by their relentless focus on implementation. Jam packed with stories from the warfront, this book explains how the leadership is the crucial part to get ongoing financial success.

Good to Great Why Some Companies Make theGood to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't Leap and Others Don’t

Sold over 4 million copies, this massive bestseller by James C. Collins explains how some companies transitioned from being average companies to great companies and why some companies failed to achieve the good-to-great growth.         Filled with innovative thoughts, comprehensive examples, and data to support the conclusions, this nearly 300-page book is a must have for every businessman and aspiring entrepreneur.

Self-Help Books for All Aspiring Leaders

How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegies has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his teachings. With his excellent ability to understand human nature and conversational style, he teaches the important principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. Originally published in 1936, this best-selling self-help book by Dale is a must-read for every entrepreneur and communicator. 

The Secret What Great Leaders Know and DoThe Secret What Great Leaders Know and Do

This is an inspiring story of a struggling and a failing leader- Debbie who learns the lessons of management in the training program offered by her company. Incidentally, the president of the company, Jeff Brown happens to be her mentor. He teaches her to be a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. Based on the legendary bestselling author Ken Blanchard’s personal experience and drawn from examples of best leaders, this book contains five essential concepts to achieve leadership success.

Palace, Slaves And Monsters: Inspiration Behind The Sultan’s Wife

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Guest Author: Jane Johnson

Jane_Johnson Sitting in a restaurant in the Moroccan town of Agadir, I became aware of the haunting gaze of an African man in a red turban, his expression sullen, yet proud. He was the subject of a painting on the other side of the room and I couldn’t stop looking at him. He was, I discovered later, the famous ‘Turk in a Turban’, Delacroix’s portrait of a Moroccan court slave (the original is in the Louvre).

“When King Hasan II died in 1999,” my husband said, following my gaze, “his bier was carried out of the palace in Fez by six of his slaves. They looked just like that. Proud to do their final duty by their king.”Delacroix portrait

I had met and married Abdellatif after researching my first Moroccan novel (The Tenth Gift), and was still experiencing regular culture-shocks. “Slaves? In 1999?” I was too amazed to be outraged.

Abdel explained that slavery was abolished in Morocco only in the 1960s: his mother had slaves in her household. A man cost a bucket of salt; a woman a dish of salt. The royal family’s house-slaves would have been free men by the 90s, but even so, bearing the coffin out of the palace would probably have been the first time they had set foot into the outside world. “Of course,” he went on, “in earlier times they would have been eunuchs, like the man in the painting.” All male attendants in the inner court were castrated to guarantee validity of succession: no entire man could enter the sultan’s harem.

I looked at DelacroiThe Sultan's wifex’s handsome ‘Turk’ again. How could he maintain dignity, pride and defiance in the face of such physical and social insult? And so the central character of The Sultan’s Wife, Nus-Nus (the Arabic word for a half-and-half coffee) was born. Taken captive in the jungles of West Africa during tribal feuding, he was sold as a slave and castrated as a gift to the sultan.

Moulay Ismail was Sultan of Morocco from 1672 to 1727. His glittering empire stretched from the coasts of North Africa through the desert to Timbuktu. He was known as ‘Safaq Adimaa’ or ‘The Bloodthirsty’ for his ruthlessness and habit when bored of testing the sharpness of his sword on the neck of the nearest slave.

In 1703 a visiting ambassador asked how many children the sultan had. After 3 days he was presented with a list of 525 boys and 342 girls. His wives and concubines were even more numerous but amongst them is one constant: Lalla Zidana, bought as a slave from his brother, dreaded by all as ‘the witch Zidana’. Despite – or maybe because of – this she maintained a 30-year ascendancy over Ismail’s affections and exercised absolute power over his harem. In the novel, Nus-Nus has to navigate a safe passage between these two extremely dangerous presences in the Meknes court.

Meknes has been called a second Versailles. Moulay Ismail and Louis XIV were contemporaries, both passionately involved in the constMohammed bin Hadou Moroccan ambassadorruction of their palaces. Versailles may not have been built with slave labour, but Louis was heedless of the lives of his workmen. In the bitter winter of 1685 many of the 40,000 workers died. Conditions, of course, for the thousands of slaves at Meknes were far more terrible.

During the latter years of the 17th century Morocco was at war with England over the strategic port of Tangiers. Moulay Ismail was determined to expel the foreigners; but years of siege and bombardment had little effect. At last the sultan decided to send an embassy to London to negotiate a treaty. The Moroccan embassy of 1682 arrived in London in January under the command of Mohammed ben Hadou Ottur, and in my novel Nus-Nus accompanies him. The embassy was feted by the smartest society and encountered in London the most brilliant creative minds of the age: Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke and alchemist Elias Ashmole; Samuel Pepys, John Dryden and a young Henry Purcell.

A portrait of Charles’s mistress Louise de Kéroualle by Pierre Mignard was in progress while the embassy was in town. Louise hosted a grand dinner for the embassy. Wine was served, but the Moors confined themselves to milk and water and conducted themselves with the most ‘courtly negligence in pace, countenance, and whole behaviour’ according to diarist John Evelyn, managing not to ogle the ladies, who included several of King Charles’s mistresses in shockingly immodest garb.

Ambassador Ben Hadou

The ambassador had his portrait painted twice: both paintings are in the archives of the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Mignard is on display there. The subjects of these paintings took on a life on their own for me, so vividly did they inhabit the novel. But of them all, Nus-Nus, inspired by Delacroix’s masterpiece, remains my favourite: he represents the contradictions of the age, on the cusp between the ancient world and the Enlightenment, between continents and cultures, between traditional gender roles and identities.

About Author:

Jane Johnson has worked in the book industry as a bookseller, writer and publisher (amongst other writers of JRR Tolkien, and George RR Martin). In 2005 she was in Morocco researching the story of an ancestor taken by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa, when she met and fell in love with her own ‘Berber pirate’ to whom she has now been married for 8 years.  She is the author of three Moroccan novelsThe Tenth Gift, The Salt Road and The Sultan’s Wife- and has also written several books for children.

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