Summer is the Time for Good Books

As summer vacations approach, add these absorbing reads from AUC Press to your ‘Summer 2024’ reading list. Whether you’re escaping to the beach or unwinding at home, you’ll find fantasy, magical realism, memoirs, Egyptology titles, and more to suit your taste. Our selections include award-winning novels and great stories that will carry you into the wondrous worlds of the Middle East.

Written by iconic Egyptian novelist Ihsan Abdel Kouddous, this classic of love, desire, and family breakdown smashed through taboos when first published in Arabic and continues to captivate audiences...
A stunning debut novel and an impressive feat of storytelling that pulls together mythology, magic, and ancient legend in the gripping story of a mother’s struggle to save her only daughterNadine...
A classic novel from one of the great contemporary writers of Egypt and the Middle East who was described as ‘’the renovator and genius of the short story’’ by Tawfiq al-HakimCairo, January...
Named a Notable African Book of 2023 by Brittle Paper, this tightly plotted, taboo-breaking, and explosive story takes readers to the roots of religious strife where the smallest of sparks can start...
A deeply poetic account of love and resistance through a young girl’s eyes by acclaimed writer, Sahar Khalifeh, called "the Virginia Woolf of Palestinian literature” in Börsenblatt (Germany)Nidal,...
The only memoir in English by a Palestinian Arab who grew up in the Beersheba district prior to 1948, now in paperbackSalman Abu Sitta was just ten years old when the Nakba—the mass expulsion of Palestinians...
Named one of 51 Favorite Books of 2023 by the Washington Independent Review of Books and Longlisted for the Bridport Novel Award, an intergenerational drama rendered in beautiful prose featuring the...
ELIF SHAFAK'S NEW YORK TIMES ISTANBUL READING LIST ~ RUNCIMAN AWARD SHORTLIST ~ ERIC HOFFER AWARD FINALIST & HONORABLE MENTION ~ DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD LONGLIST ~ WNBA GREAT GROUP READ SELECTION...
Winner of the 2017 SATW Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book, this illuminating and entertaining account of one woman's attempts to really get to grips with the Arabic language is now available...
Egypt's fabled sights through the eyes of women travelers across the centuries, which the New York Times called "relentlessly entertaining" Women travelers in Egypt in the nineteenth century saw aspects...
The latter part of the fifteenth century BC saw Egypt’s political power reach its zenith, with an empire that stretched from beyond the Euphrates in the north to much of what is now Sudan in the south....
A comprehensive history of the study and understanding of ancient Egypt, filled with intriguing mysteries, great discoveries, and scholarly creativity, the first of three-volumes—new in paperbackThe...

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