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Women's Book Club

  • Apr 15, 2012 · 5:30 PM
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Hey Ladies:)

Join our wonderful group of ladies as we travel through the adventures of a courageous Saudi Arabian woman, as we read City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris .  This month, our brilliant member Erin will be hosting the book club at her home in Decatur. Each book club we assign a particular theme to go along with the book, this time we decided to make it a little more challenging. Since the book is set in Saudi Arabia, the theme will be Saudi Arabian cuisine.  What??!! Yep, we threw in a little challenge:) Our group is all about celebrating diversity and different cultures as we get to know one another, so why not add another one to our list. To get an idea of recipes, you can visit: (just an example, you can look at any other site). 

Here is the synopsis for City of Veils (the info is taken from

Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to lead quiet lives circumscribed by Islamic law and tradition. But Katya, one of the few women in the medical examiner's office, is determined to make her work mean something.
When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, the city's detectives are ready to dismiss the case as another unsolvable murder-chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. If this is another housemaid killed by her employer, finding the culprit will be all but impossible.
Only Katya is convinced that the victim can be identified and her killer found. She calls upon her friend Nayir for help, and soon discovers that the dead girl was a young filmmaker named Leila, whose controversial documentaries earned her many enemies.
With only the woman's clandestine footage as a guide, Katya and Nayir must confront the dark side of Jeddah that Leila struggled to expose: an underworld of prostitution, violence, exploitation, and jealously guarded secrets. Along the way, they form an unlikely alliance with an American woman whose husband has disappeared. Their growing search takes them from the city's car-clogged streets to the deadly vastness of the desert beyond


Where-Erin's house in Decatur

When-April 15th

Theme: Saudi Arabian

Book: City of Veils

Hope to see you there!!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great series of discussions and it was wonderful to be surrounded by interesting and intelligent women.

    April 16, 2012

  • Natasha

    Always love getting together with this great group of ladies!!

    April 16, 2012

  • Brienne & K.

    I'm going to bring mashkoul, a traditional vegetarian rice dish.

    April 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing Triangle Nazook (a pastry) and Nar (tea with hibiscus, rosehips, apple, orange peels, blackberry leaves, and pomegranate). For the record, yes, I'm cheating because I bought these from a local Middle Eastern store (trust me, you don't want me attempting to make foreign food).

    April 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to attempt to make Dukkah, a spicy nut dip for pitas ;-)

    April 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love how everyone is embracing the challenge of making Saudi Arabian food! :) I am going to either make Shorbat adas (Lentil soup) or marag fasoolya (green bean stew) to help round out the veggie side of things. And I will bring some tea with cardamon that they drink all the time-- if it is hot, we can make the iced version (which they don't do, but they should!)

    April 10, 2012

  • Darcey

    I will bring salatat al-fawaakih, a fruit salad. (I might be taking the easy way out, but we need all the food groups, right?)

    April 10, 2012

  • Natasha I will be attempting to make Al Kabsa-a traditional chicken and rice dish. I used to watch mi abuela make arroz con pollo which means the same in English. So I it's like the same thing right??!! Lol. Not so much, but I look forward to the challenge:)

    April 10, 2012

  • Sasha

    I'm really excited for this one, I liked the book a lot! I plan to bring homemade hummus! If I fail, expect store- bought lol.

    April 8, 2012

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