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Book Group: Current Books

  • 07/17/2017 - 2:00pm

    In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy

    The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones.

    Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong.

    What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparralled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love.

    And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women.

Book Group Information

The Jefferson Center Book Group meets on the third MONDAY of the month, 2-4 pm, at The Jefferson Center, in the Old Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street, suite 101. All are welcome. Join us if you love to read and discuss books! We are group #17 at Bloomsbury’s if you choose to get your books there. Note that we have switched our meeting date to Monday beginning October 20, 2014.

The Jefferson Center Library
A small collection of writings on religion and non-religion, philosophy, history and science is housed at the Jeff Center . When you visit for an event, have a look. Books and re-prints can be checked out by members of the Jeff Center using the checkout sheet. If you have a book you’d like to contribute to our library, bring it in.