Ready, Set, Get Jazzed!

And that's what we are are.  After we initially got our post to Morocco I read a bunch of stuff and got excited, but then I calmed down and kind of avoided it for a few months so I wouldn't 1) romanticize it too much or 2) get overloaded before we got there.  BUT this past week I have delved back into all things Moroccan and it has been fabulous.

After I taught a lesson in church last Sunday a woman came up from the back of the class and said in a rush of excitement

"Oh, we just got back from two weeks in Morocco.  The strawberries! We bought them right off the street and they were so warm and good.  Oh!  The oranges with cinnamon! You are going to have the best time."

I have heard that the fruit is fine indeed, along with everything else.  In order to get my Moroccan groove on I did what I always do: I went to the library and checked out a grundle of books.   ...and then got some on my kindle...and put the rest on my amazon wish list.  

Here is a list of books having to do with Morocco.  If you want to have a little book vacation, take a look.

The * are ones I've finished so far and the ** are ones I'm in the middle of - all worth your time.  I can't vouch for the others necessarily but they all have good reviews.  

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca    Tahir Shah *
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams   Tahir Shah **
A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco   Suzanna Clarke*
Islam: A Short History   Karen Armstrong **
Folk Tales From Morocco Raja Sharma *
In Morocco Edith Wharton
Skeletons on the Zahara  Dean King**
Glory in a Camel's Eye: Trekking Through the Moroccan Sahara  Jeffrey Taylor
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits  Laila Lalami
Return to Childhood: The Memoir of a Modern Moroccan Woman  Leila Abouzeid
Year of the Elephant  Leila Abouzied
A Palace in the Old Village Tahar Ben Jalloun
Leaving Tangier  Tahar Ben Jalloun
Spider's House  Paul Bowles
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girl  Fatima Mernissi
Fez: The City of Islam  Islamic Texts Society
Lord's of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956  Gavin Maxwell
Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges

Oh my heck.  I'm such a librarian!


  1. You'll have to let me know which one or two are your favorites, after you've read them all. I can't believe you're so close to leaving!!