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Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

Dreams of Trespass Harem Review

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi is an enchanting memoir that gives us an insightful look at a growing up in a harem. Born in 1940 in Fez, Morocco, Fatima takes us on a spectacular journey of her girlhood. Dreams of Trespass gracefully flows between childhood memories, Middle Eastern folk tales, and her family’s stories from the past.¬†Fatima was a founder of Islamic feminism and here she recounts the roles of the women in her...

Sharks of the Farallon Islands

Book Cover of Devil's Teeth

For my birthday, I received a gift certificate for a whale watching tour to the Farallon Islands. Although I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I admit that I knew little about that cluster of islands. So to prepare for my trip to the Farallones, I went in search of a book to enlighten me on the topic. One that would provide depth and history to accompany the adventure. Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey succeeded spectacularly....

Love, Life, and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick

Daphne Sheldrick walking with the elephant Eleanor

This is a review of the book by Daphne Sheldrick. First of all, let me give you the backstory on how I found this fascinating read. Next year, I’ll be traveling to Kenya for a safari and I wanted to delve into the history and culture of the area before the trip. I booked the safari with The Village Experience and wrote an email to Kelly Campbell, one of the co-founders, asking if she had any recommendations relevant to the...

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