Global Issues Book Group

The Global Issues Book Group, reads and discusses books on the vital Political, Economic, Environmental and Social issues that challenge humankind in the 21st Century. 

Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy Cover Image
By Ece Temelkuran, Zeynep Beler (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781783608898
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Published: Zed Books - September 15th, 2016

January 2019

Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy


Starting with the question "what is this place?", Ece Temelkuran guides us through her beloved country. In challenging the authoritarian AKP government, Temelkuran draws strength and wisdom from people, places and artistic expression. The result is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles, hopes and tragedies that make Turkey what it is today.

"Ece Temelkuran, with this book, has become one with those who have stood up throughout history to despotic and criminal leaders."-Seymour Hersh

Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30 PM

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State Cover Image
By Nadia Murad, Amal Clooney (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781524760441
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - October 16th, 2018

February 2019

The Last Girl


Co-Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. On August 15, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to be sold into slavery. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade. After being repeatedly raped and beaten, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.

Today, Nadia's story has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq.  It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.

"This devastating memoir unflinchingly recounts Murad's experiences and questions the complicity of witnesses who acquiesced in the suffering of others." -The New Yorker

Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 PM