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I love books. Just staring at my bookshelves gives me a sense of peace. Rather than any specific genre, I love good books. To me a good book is one that at the end leaves me happier and/or smarter.

Crescent: A Novel

Crescent - Diana Abu-Jaber An American chef of Iraqi heritage works at a Middle Eastern cafe and allows her cooking, her friends, and her uncle to be her world - until she is introduced to a handsome Iraqi professor with whom she begins a passionate love affair. Due to his influence - his longing for home and frustrations with political exile - she begins exploring her own Iraqi heritage through food, family history, the news, and Islam.This book made me hungry for Middle Eastern fare! The food descriptions are mouth-watering and writing style soothing. The one thing that bothered me about this book was the sex - the heroine comes across as slutty (she sleeps with two different men in a short amount of time - one for love, the other for...didn't really get that one) and it just didn't seem to fit the rest of the story, especially with her uncle's wisdom and in the midst of her exploring her religious roots.Something I Learned: Islam uses the crescent moon to symbolize hope and the beginning of a new time. The crescent is the first sliver of moon seen after the new moon.Words I Learned:mellifluous = smooth and sweetperspicacious = having penetrating mental discernmentsough = to make a soft murmuring or rustling sound