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Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed

Fiction

A Door in the Earth

By Amy Waldman

Little, Brown, 2019

If you are willing to suspend disbelief regarding the main character, this novel by a former New York Times reporter who covered Afghanistan provides dramatic insight into how invasions by the U.S. military and U.S. philanthropists bring devastation to the very people they claim to want to help.

A Pure Heart

By Rajia Hassib

Viking, 2019

Two Muslim Egyptian sisters have taken different paths in life. One married an American journalist and moved to the United States. The other is killed mysteriously at the scene of a suicide bombing. As the surviving sister investigates, she grapples with questions of identity and forgiveness.

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