Your December Reading List by Diwan


Treasures of Coptic Art – Gawdat Gabra

The world’s largest and most exquisite collection of Coptic artifacts is now housed in the Coptic Museum, founded in Old Cairo in 1908. Here for the first time in this lavishly illustrated book, more than one hundred of the greatest treasures of the Coptic Museum have been beautifully photographed to present an overview of this rich artistic heritage.

Cairo TrilogyNaguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize-winning writer’s masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain’s occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Giza and the Pyramids – Mark Lehner & Zahi Hawass

The definitive account of the greatest archaeological site by the world’s leading experts. For more than four thousand years the Pyramids of Giza have stood like giant question marks that have intrigued and endlessly fascinated people. Who exactly built them? When and why? How did they create these colossal structures?

Grand Hotels of EgyptAndrew Humphreys

From the earliest rest-houses serving travelers on the Overland Route between Britain and Bombay to the grand Edwardian palaces on the Nile that made Egypt the exotic alternative to wintering on the Riviera, the hotels of Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan were always about far more than just bed and board. As bridgeheads for African exploration, neutral territories for conducting diplomacy, headquarters for armies, providers of home comforts for writers, painters, scholars, and archaeologists in the field, and social hubs for an international elite, more of importance happened in Egypt’s hotels than in any other setting.

Twentieth-Century Egyptian ArtMona Abaza

Egypt’s modern art scene has been marked by many influential local and foreign painters. Mona Abaza retraces the highlights of the country’s twentieth-century art world through the private collection of one of Cairo’s most reputable private gallery owners, Sherwet Shafei.

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

How To Bullet Plan Rachel Wilkerson Miller

A bullet journal is a planner; to-do list and diary that will help you get your life together! This fun, practical guide shows you how to start and keep a bullet journal: a single notebook in which you write down all the things that you want to remember, or need to do, or you’ve already done in every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships and hobbies.

Traditional Jewelry of Egypt – Azza Fahmy

For many women of Egypt, their jewelry is their wealth. Azza Fahmy, a world-renowned designer of jewelry based on traditional motifs, lays before us an Aladdin’s cave of jewelry made in all corners of Egypt over the last one hundred years, collected through her extensive travels throughout the country.

Origin – Dan Brown

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao for the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch is a billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough … one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

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