Since it's still Women's History Month, I want to take a moment to highlight the Year of Reading Women campaign. You can follow the hashtag #readwomen2014 on Twitter for some great recommendations.
Here at the library we have been putting on variou programs for our Muslim Journeys grant, so I want to focus specifically on reading Arab women. Here's a great blog post that was written about Arab women writers from the Arabic Literature (in English) blog.
They recommend a different novel for every month, and luckily we either own many of those books, or they are available through OhioLINK:
January: Hanan al-Shaykh, Story of Zahra, trans Peter Ford.
February: Adania Shibli, Touch, trans. Paula Haydar. Or, if you prefer, We Are All Equally Far from Love, trans. Paul Starkey.
March: Samar Yazbek, Woman in the Crossfire, trans Max Weiss.
April: Hoda Barakat, Tiller of Waters, trans. Marilyn Booth.
May: Sahar Khalifeh, Of Noble Origins, trans. Aida Bamia.
June: Alexandra Chrietieh, Always Coca-Cola, trans. Michelle Hartman.
July: Iman Humaydan Younes, Wild Mulberries, trans. Michelle Hartman.
August: Radwa Ashour, Woman of Tantoura.
September: Najwa Barakat, Salaam!, trans. Luke Leafgren.
October: Iman Mersal, These Are Not Oranges, My Love, Khaled Mattawa.
November: Miral al-Tahawy, Brooklyn Heights, trans. Samah Selim.
December: Betool Khedairi, Absent, trans. Muhayman Jamil.
See the above mentioned blog post for detailed descriptions of each work.
You might also want to consider coming to our next book discussion about Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi, which will take place on April 17th at 4:00 pm in King 320.