Diwan’s Summer Reads

Diwan’s Summer Reads

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Here’s a reading list to get your summer started! There’s a little for everyone this season, fiction and non-fiction as well as some serious political intrigue. Check out Diwan’s picks below.

The Official History of the FIFA World Cup™ by FIFA World Football Museum

Look back at all 20 World Cup tournaments, starting from the very first game, in the only officially endorsed history from FIFA! The Official History of the FIFA World Cup reviews every tournament since the games were inaugurated in Uruguay in 1930. Packed with stunning photography, official documents, and statistics, this unique book tells behind-the-scenes stories, analyzes the legendary matches, and features the biggest stars as well as many lesser-known players.

Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf

Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes.
Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.

 Alice Network by Kate Quinn

In an enthralling new historical novel, two women – a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947- are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth  by Michio Kaku

Human civilization is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our homes among the stars.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund

When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens.

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff, David Corn

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. No one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. This novel explores the weight of long-held secrets and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster or heartbreak.