Shelf Life by Nadia Wassef, Read by Vaneh Assadourian
An Uplifting Memoir by a Cairo Bookseller
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Listeners will delight in Shelf Life, a memoir by the strong-willed and always opinionated Nadia Wassef, one of the co-owners of Diwan, a group of independent bookstores founded in Cairo in 2002. AudioFile’s Michele Cobb tells host Jo Reed how the strong voice of the author comes through so well through the narrator, Vaneh Assadourian, that she had to keep checking to make sure it wasn’t narrated by the author herself. The structure walks listeners through various sections of the bookstore, exploring the business as they start, grow, and expand to multiple locations. Assadourian brings forth the enthusiasm and feisty determination of this passionate advocate for intellectual freedom and women’s rights. An uplifting and memorable listen.
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