Seven Pillars of Wisdom
By T.E. Lawrence
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the major statements about the fighting experience of the First World War’. Lawrence’s younger brothers, Frank and Will, had been killed on the Western Front in 1915. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, written between 1919 and 1926, tells of the vastly different campaign against the Turks in the Middle East – one which encompasses gross acts of cruelty and revenge and ends in a welter of stink and corpses in the disgusting ‘hospital’ in Damascus.
Inside the Kingdom Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia
By Robert Lacey
Though Saudi Arabia sits on one of the richest oil deposits in the world, it also produced fifteen of the nineteen September hijackers. In this immensely important book, journalist Robert Lacey draws on years of access to every circle of Saudi society giving readers the fullest portrait yet of a land straddling the worlds of medievalism and modernity. Moving from the bloody seizure of Mecca’s Grand Mosque in 1979, through the Persian Gulf War, to the delicate U.S.-Saudi relations in a post 9/11 world, Inside the Kingdom brings recent history to vivid life and offers a powerful story of a country learning how not to be at war with itself.
Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
By Yuval Noah Harari
In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.
In Cold Blood
By Truman Capote
Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote’s comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human.
Notes of a Native Son
By James Baldwin
James Baldwin’s breakthrough essay collection made him the voice of his generation. Ranging over Harlem in the 1940s, movies, novels, his preacher father and his experiences of Paris, they capture the complexity of black life at the dawn of the civil rights movement with effervescent wit and prophetic wisdom.
A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas
By Virginia Woolf
This volume combines two books which were among the greatest contributions to feminist literature this century. Together they form a brilliant attack on sexual inequality. A Room of One’s Own, first published in 1929, is a witty, urbane and persuasive argument against the intellectual subjection of women, particularly women writers. The sequel, Three Guineas, is a passionate polemic which draws a startling comparison between the tyrannous hypocrisy of the Victorian patriarchal system and the evils of fascism.
A Woman in Arabia The Writings of the Queen of the Desert
By Gertrude Bell
In the last century, few people lived more astounding – or influential – lives than Gertrude Bell. During World War I, she worked her way up from spy to army major to become one of the most powerful woman in the British Empire. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, she was instrumental in drawing the borders that define the region today, including creating an independent Iraq. This is the epic story of Bell’s life, told through her letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and other writings. It offers a unique and intimate look behind the public mask of a woman who shaped nations.
By Niccolò Machiavelli
The original blueprint for realpolitik, The Prince shocked sixteenth-century Europe with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. For this treatise on statecraft, Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, this seminal work of modern political thought retains its power to alarm and to instruct.
Daring to Drive A Saudi Woman's Awakening
By Manal Al-Sharif
A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive.
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By Christina Lamb, Malala Yousafzai
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.
The Communist Manifesto
By Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx
One of the most important and influential political theories ever formulated, The Communist Manifesto is a revolutionary summons to the working class-an incisive account of a new theory of communism that would be brought about by a proletarian revolution. Arguing that increasing exploitation of industrial workers will eventually lead to a rebellion in which capitalism will be overthrown, Marx and Engels propose a vision of a society without classes, private property, or a state.
‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’ A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world.
The Fire Next Time
By James Baldwin
At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.
Mermaids The Myths, Legends, and Lore
By Alexander, Skye
The allure and mystery of mermaids has taken hold of our psyche for ages. From the Irish merrows who come on land to search for human husbands to the fake Fiji Mermaid made popular by P.T Barnum, these sea maidens (and sometimes men) can be found in folklore and mythology from every tradition in the world. Inside this captivating collection, complete with beautiful illustrations throughout, you’ll discover the myths surrounding these enigmatic beings, explore the common symbols associated with them, and learn tales of merfolk from around the world. Dive into Mermaids and get swept away!
I Am Not Your Negro
By James Baldwin
To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores
By Jen Campbell
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a celebration of bookstores, large and small, and of the brilliant booksellers who toil in those literary fields, as well as the myriad of colorful characters that walk through the doors everyday.
Seriously… I’m Kidding
By Ellen DeGeneres
I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?
Islamic Design A Genius For Geometry
By Daud Sutton
An exploration of the construction and meaning of Islamic geometric patterns. Throughout their long history the craft traditions of the Islamic world evolved a multitude of styles applied to a great variety of media but always with unifying factors that make them instantly recognizable. Harmony is central. There are two key aspects to the visual structure of Islamic design–calligraphy using Arabic script (one of the world’s great calligraphic traditions) and abstract ornamentation using a varied but remarkably integrated visual language. Focusing on Islamic geometric patterns, simple and complex, man-made and in nature, this book offers unique insight into Islamic culture.
قبيلة تدعى سارة
لـ سارة مطر
إنها حكاية سارة. تلك الأنثى السعودية الحرّة، التي تأخذك في رحلة لا تغلو من مغامرات الى عالمها الداخلي الذي يحوج بشتى الإنغعالات وبشتى الآمال والأحلام. متوقفاً عند إرتكاساتها النفسية التي تعكس مدى الصراع الذي تعيشه الأنثى في هذا العالم المتسع دون تحديد. وإن ما يلفت في هذا االعمل الروائي هو ذلك الأسلوب السردي التلقائي الذي يحيلك الى الإعجاب بذلك العمل، الى جانب تلك المنولوجات الداخلية التي تكشف عن أسرار وتفاصيل غطية تفكير تلك الأنثى بلغة سلسة عذبة تعكس براءتها وتلقائيتها دون إصطناع أو تكلف.
السادس من نوفمبر المرأة وقيادة السيارة ١٩٩٠م
لـ حصة آل الشيخ, عائشة المانع
يُسلّط الكتاب الضوءَ على تجربة “السادس من نوفمبر” حينما أقدمت ٤٧ سيدة سعودية على قيادة السيارة في شوارع مدينة الرياض في عام ١٩٩٠م. ويُعد هذا الكتاب أوّلَ كتاب يتناول بالمعلومة والتحليل والوثيقة تلك التجربة ويوثق أحداثها. يكتسب الكتابُ أهميته بأن مؤلفتيْه كُنَّ من المشارِكات الفاعلات في تلك المسيرة، فجاء الكتاب ليوثق تفاصيل مهمة في تلك التجربة، قبل المسيرة وأثناءها وما تلاها من تداعيات وأحداث وصخب إعلامي، وهي تفاصيل ظلّت غائبة عن التناول لأكثر من عشرين عامًا.