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  • Fantastic!

    cultural-exploration, cultural-heritage, bookseller, Egypt, business, family, family-dynamics, friendship, misogyny, businesswoman, identity, entrepreneur, Arab-world-view, 21st-century, politics, trailblazing, class-consciousness***** In a culture historically dismissive of women, with a negative history of colonialism and political upheaval, this woman and her sister and friend decided to do something altogether new. They started a bookstore. With a cafe. And toilets for women. Naysayers said that Egyptians don't read and don't buy books. Not true! She takes us through the highs and lows of learning business and personnel management along with the peculiarities of governmental oversight. The business thrived until Arab Spring and world turmoil, and she opted out at a time of governmental change before the pandemic. What a wonderful book! Added benefit was learning so much about Egyptian history, literature, and culture! I listened to this memoir in audio and narrator - Vaneh Assadourian- was a perfect match for the text. I have a thing about being able to pronounce names and words that are out of my comfort zone and she filled that role while speaking English as clearly as my Norwegian relatives. I requested and received a free temporary copy from Dreamscape Media via NetGalley. THANK YOU!

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