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Explore Lebanon

Last week, a tragic explosion in Beirut killed hundreds and left thousands injured. We know that books are one of the best ways to learn about other cultures and develop empathy for others. Here is a list of recommendations from staff member Shauna with titles that can help you explore the beauty of Lebanese culture.


Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: fresh and classic recipes from my lebanese kitchen by maureen aboodRose water & orange blossoms : fresh and classic recipes from my Lebanese kitchen

I discovered this cookbook in our collection recently, and it is one of my recent favorites. Phenomenal recipes created by a Lebanese-American who grew up in Michigan.


the hakawati: a story

The Hakawati

An enchanting novel with a lot of heart that weaves classic Arab folktales into a larger story of family and survival.


a game for swallows: to die, to leave, to return

A Game for Swallows

This stunning graphic novel is appropriate for younger readers as well as adults.  Beautifully drawn black and white imagery depict life growing up in Beirut during times of conflict.


The prophet by kahlil gibran

The Prohpet

Khalil Gibran is one of the most celebrated writers from Lebanon, and this book is his classic.  Written as a series of poetic essays on important life topics, The Prophet is a spiritual book that transcends religious affiliations and will leave you feeling like something truly beautiful has washed over you.


jasmine and fire a bittersweet year in beirut by salma abdelnour

Jasmine and fire : a bittersweet year in Beirut

This memoir follows a food blogger as she returns to live in Beirut, the city where she was forced to flee from as a child.  The book follows the author as she rediscovers the recipes of her childhood and witnesses dramatic changes during the Arab Spring uprising.