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Best Book Ever

Apr 19, 2021

By the end of my conversation with Zaiba Hasan, I was offering her the spare bedroom at my house when she visits California. In retrospect it was, perhaps, a little weird, given that we’d only known each other for an hour. But she is that kind of person – warm and funny and smart AF – and I couldn’t help myself. I want to talk books and spirituality and mothering with her all day. But we started with “The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak – part historical fiction, part modern parable, part love story within a love story. The book, and the conversation, were both treasures.

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Zaiba Hasan




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Discussed in this episode:

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Odyssey by Homer

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Facebook Group devoted to The Forty Rules of Love

Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam by A. Helwa


Discussed in our Patreon Conversation

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo and Mike Lowery

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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