Thursday, October 13, 2011

Book Recommendation...

Quote for the Day:
"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."  ~Edward P. Morgan

Today, I finished listening to an audiobook that I just HAVE to recommend!  "Inside the Kingdom:  My Life In Saudi Arabia" by Carmen Bin Laden. 

Synopsis:  Osama bin Laden's former sister-in-law provides a penetrating, unusually intimate look into Saudi society and the bin Laden family's role within it, as well as the treatment of Saudi women. On September 11th, 2001, Carmen bin Ladin heard the news that the Twin Towers had been struck. She instinctively knew that her ex-brother-in-law was involved in these horrifying acts of terrorism, and her heart went out to America. She also knew that her life and the lives of her family would never be the same again. Carmen bin Ladin, half Swiss and half Persian, married into-and later divorced from-the bin Laden family and found herself inside a complex and vast clan, part of a society that she neither knew nor understood. Her story takes us inside the bin Laden family and one of the most powerful, secretive, and repressed kingdoms in the world.

You can read the book or listen to the audiobook.  If you get the chance to listen to the audiobook, I would recommend it.  It is read by someone with a beautiful, melodic, Swiss (?) accent that is a pleasure to listen to.  It is also nice because all of the foreign words and names are pronounced correctly, so you don't have to try to figure out in your head how they might sound.  (Am I the only one that does that when they read???)  :)

This book captured my attention from the introduction and never let go!  

I am going to be attending a WEDDING this weekend!  Can't wait!  :D  My dear niece, Kristin, is getting MARRIED!!   I'll be sure to post pictures next week!  :)   (She likes it when I mention her in my blog!  hehe   Hi, Kristin!  *waves*)



  1. Oh, that's me! I'm in the blog again!

    See you SOON!!! Friday?

  2. Shirley Maurice sewgood@tds.netNovember 7, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Hello Loretta, What a treat and great surprise! I was looking at the Quilting Board and wanted to see the pictures of your sewing room. I clicked on the link to your blog and, when paging down, saw the post about your neice's wedding. Imagine my surprise when I saw the groom and thought "He looks just like a fellow who is a member of our church and has the same first name". Continuing down the pictures confirmed it!! The wedding was about our members!! What fun to see everyone's happiness. It is a small world! That trip would be a long time to sit!