The Road from Morocco recounts the extraordinary life of Saadia and her daughter Wafa. It transports readers back in time to a Middle Eastern society far removed from modern American sensibilities—to Morocco, where Saadia was born and wed against her will at thirteen. Based on recorded history and family memories, the book chronicles Saadia´s arranged marriage and hardships as a young mother to Wafa, a French-educated, sexually liberated Muslim woman, who traveled to Europe and then to America, reaching a top position on Wall Street—in theory, the fulfillment of her American dream but in reality an overwhelming experience that threatens everything she holds dear. Like the best of fiction, this is an intensely personal emotional rollercoaster tale full of twists and turns, which make it hard to put down. In the words of a reader: ´´It´s beautiful even in the heartbreaking moments and utterly exquisite in the pleasant ones.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kalisha Fleischmann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055344/bk_acx0_055344_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Carol Ardman traveled to Tangier in 1970 to tend her broken heart and - she hoped - find Jane Bowles, whose writing had literally saved her. Instead she found Paul Bowles at a time when he was as lonely and searching as she was. The two began an unconventional love affair that roiled Tangier´s incestuous expat community and transformed Ardman´s life. Her sumptuously detailed portrait of their relationship is as intimate - and as satisfying - as it gets. Jane and Paul Bowles were at the center of the no-holds-barred expatriate community in Tangier, Morocco, for decades, and they helped define an artistic milieu that included Truman Capote, Gertrude Stein, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Tennessee Williams. Bisexual yet devoted to one another, the Bowleses ignited the imaginations of many, including the young aspiring writer Ardman. Carol Ardman informed her parents in a letter at age five that she intended to become a writer. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she went to New York, supporting herself as a waitress in Greenwich Village then writing for fan magazines and assisting the blind labor columnist Victor Riesel with research and ghostwriting his Saturday syndicated newspaper columns. Ardman has contributed to the New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Journal of Commerce, Ms. magazine, the Book of Knowledge, and other publications, and her fiction has appeared in Pequod and other literary journals. She is the coauthor with Loren Fishman, MD, of four self-help books for people with medical issues, and she has blogged for medical experts on the Huffington Post. She is currently at work on another memoir and a novel. This is a short audiobook published by Shebooks - high -uality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Sarah Agliotta. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023651/bk_adbl_023651_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Teresa O´Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she had accumulated over the years when she turned to her husband and said, ´´I´m tired of storing our dreams. Let´s live them!´´ Within a month, they bought one-way tickets to Morocco, leased out their home, and set out on a journey of the African continent top to bottom from Casablanca to Cape Town. Transiting 17 countries in 10 months, mostly by public transport, they explored wild, exotic, and historic locations they had only dreamed of and some they had never heard of. From sandy Timbuktu, to a tiny lemur populated island in Madagascar, the author embraces Africa. She strokes the manes of lions, contracts malaria (twice), flies a micro light over Victoria Falls, earns a level one certification as a South African safari guide, discovers that an insect has turned her foot into a nursery for hundreds of eggs, grapples with the negative effects of foreign aid, and rubs elbows with European royalty deep within the Dogon in Mali. O´Kane offers an entertaining and enlightening look into overland travel on the African continent. Filled with helpful budget minded travel tips, this hilarious and inspiring book may find you yearning to take a career break of your own. Teresa is currently on another year long expedition in Africa, this time in her own 1973 Land Rover Series lll named N´doto (Dream). You can follow her travels at teresaokane.blogspot.com Awards: The Indie Book Award for Best Memoir of 2012 and Finalist for Best Travel Book 2013. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Groberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075969/bk_acx0_075969_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Of all the great world religions, Islam appears to have the most powerful political appeal in the twentieth century. It sustains some severely traditional and conservative regimes, but it is also capable of generating intense revolutionary ardour and of blending with extreme social radicalism. As an agent of political mobilisation, it seems to be overtaking Marxism, arid surpassing all other religions. The present book seeks the roots of this situation in the past. The traditional Muslim society of the arid zone has, in the past, displayed remarkable stability and homogeneity, despite great political fragmentation, and the absence of a centralised religious hierarchy. The book explores the mechanisms which have contributed to this result - a civilisation in which (in the main) weak states co-existed with a strong culture, which had a powerful hold over the populations under its sway. A literate Great Tradition, in the keeping of urban scholars, lived side by side with a more emotive, ecstatic folk tradition, ill tile keeping of holy lineages, religious brotherhoods and freelance saints. One tradition was sustained by the urban trading class and periodically swept the rest of the society in waves of revivalist enthusiasm; the other was based on the multiple functions it performed in rural tribal society and amongst the urban poor. The two traditions were intertwined, yet remained in latent tension which from time to time came to tile surface. The book traces the manner in which the impact of the modern world, acting through colonialism arid industrialisation upset the once stable balance, and helped the erstwhile urban Great Tradition to become the pervasive arid dominant one, culminating in the zealous arid radical Islam which is so prominent now. The argument is both formulated in the abstract and illustrated by a series of case studies and examinations of specific aspects, and critical examinations of rival interpretations. Table of contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Flux and reflux in the faith of men; 2. Cohesion and identity: the Maghreb from Ibn Khaldun to Emile Durkheim; 3. Post-traditional forms in Islam: the turf and trade, and votes and peanuts; 4. Doctor and saint; 5. Sanctity, puritanism, secularisation and nationalism in North Africa: a case study; 6. The unknown Apollo of Biskra: the social base of Algerian puritanism; 7. Trousers in Tunisia; 8. The sociology of Robert Montagne (1893-1954); 9. Patterns of rural rebellion in Morocco during the early years of independence; 10. Saints and their descendants; 11. The marabouts in the market place; 12. Rulers and tribesmen; Notes; Bibliography of Ernest Gellner´s North African writings; Index. Of all the world religions, Islam appears to have the most powerful political appeal in the twentieth century. This book seeks the roots of this situation in the past and explores the mechanisms which have contributed to the civilisation in which (in the main) weak states co-existed with a strong culture, which had a powerful hold over the populations under its sway.