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Good Talk by Mira Jacob, The Lost Arabs by Omar Sakr and more – Happy’s Weekend Reading

The glorious weekend beckons, so talk surely must turn toward the digestion of amazing new tales from across the globe and our own backyard. This time, we wade into stories of fractured identities, mortal danger and relationships. Here’s our picks. 

Calypso, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, and The Beekeeper of Sinjar – let’s talk about this weekend’s best.

The Lost Arabs by Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr presents a new volume of vital poetry. Though he finds himself in the bisexual, Muslim, Australian and Turkish communities, he embraces his lack of belonging and its inherent freedom. Via University of Queensland Pressthe lost arabs omar sakr

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Vuong’s debut novel explores the lives of people from disparate worlds, delving into concepts of survival, and the sacred bond between mother and son. More at Penguin.  ocean vuong on earth we're briefly gorgeous

Calypso by David Sedaris

The piecemeal, real-time autobiography of David Sedaris continues. And we’re all the better for it. His prose, humour and observations of mortality are as sharp as ever. Details at Hachettecalypso david sedaris

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Taking inspiration from her viral Buzzfeed piece, Good Talk responds to difficult questions from her son, her parents and her Trump-supporting in-laws. See Bloomsbury for more information. good talk mira jacob

The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail

Not for the faint-hearted, Mikhail offers unique stories of heroism in the rescuing of Yazidi women from the terror of ISIS. Visit Serpent’s Tail for details. the beekeeper of sinjar dunya mikhail


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June 20, 2019