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BookTrib Review: ‘The Beekeeper’ Highlights Perseverance, Bravery and Strength

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The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, is, outwardly, a story of a beekeeper who risks everything to rescue Daesh women from torture and enslavement. While the beekeeper is a central figure, it becomes abundantly clear that the real focus of the story is on the women, themselves. Poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, through a series of interviews with various women escapees from the clutches of Daesh (ISIS), presents an unflinching account of tragic events. The reality of what they’ve endured is haunting: sexual abuse and assault, loss of family and friends, psychological torture, forced labor, and murder. Mikhail highlights their perseverance, bravery, and strength in the face of such hardships. In 2014, ISIS invaded northern Iraqi villages to…

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The Endurance of Howard Kaplan, Author of ‘The Damascus Cover’

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Last month, author Howard Kaplan wrote a BookTrib piece about the adaptation of his book, The Damascus Cover, 40 years after its initial release. The book, which had been out of print for decades was recently re-released and is enjoying a renewed success.  BookTrib had the opportunity to chat with Howard Kaplan and discuss the book’s endurance over the last 40 years, the journey to the big screen, what inspired him to write the story and how important reconciliation, the theme of his book, is to the world. BookTrib: The Damascus Cover is the result of a trip you took to Syria in 1971. What about that region made you want to capture it in novel form? HK: That’s exactly correct.…

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Familial Relationships Gone Awry in ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie

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An emotional and timely novel, Home Fire is a compelling story about Muslim families in crisis. Isma is the responsible older sister of twins Aneeka and Parvaiz. Their mother and grandmother have passed away and the twins are now 18 years old, so Isma, having previously put her ambitions on the back burner to look after her siblings, is leaving her home in London to travel to America for a work opportunity. Aneeka is beautiful and intelligent and will be studying law in London, and Parvaiz vacates the country on a quest to learn about his father, a known Jihadist, who fought in Chechnya and Afghanistan. In the US, Isma meets Eamonn, the son of a British politician who has a…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Mike Bond, Author of HOLY WAR

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Special offers brought to you by Enjoy HOLY WAR in eBook format provided by bookshout! at a special discount of 99 cents for BookTrib members. This discount is available for a limited time. You can access your eBook on the web, from your smartphone or tablet.  For a direct link,  text HOLYWAR  to 67076. Texting is within the US only. HOLY WAR The Battle of Beirut is worse than Hell, an irrational maelstrom of implacable hatreds and inconceivable suffering, of screaming bombs and exploding shells, crashing buildings, sniper battles, and deadly ambushes. Neill, a war correspondent on a secret mission for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency, is trying to find Mohammed, a Hezbollah terrorist leader who may be willing to stop the slaughter and…

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Correspondent Mike Bond asks: Can we war less?

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Lebanon was a paradise when I first arrived there as a young man. The golden sun and brilliant sea, the ancient streets, the hubbub of cultures, the food and wines, the tanned and sensual young women, the perfume of many million flowers, the pine hills and cold white peaks, all imbued it with a near-sacred substance. This, I felt, is a place where all peoples come together, vibrant with history, wisdom, lust, and delight. Civil war soon turned Lebanon into a battlefield of smashed buildings and bloody streets. Syria was one of the loveliest places on our planet. Damascus, Homs and other cities so old that every handful of dust was thick with centuries of human flesh and blood. Iridescent…

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