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Shelf Life

Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

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Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

Audio Library Digital

10/05/2021

425 minutes

9781666515268

Audio Retail Digital

10/05/2021

425 minutes

9781666515381

Audio CD

10/05/2021

6 Audio CD

425 minutes

9781666515022

Audio MP3 CD

10/05/2021

1 Audio MP3 CD

425 minutes

9781666515503

Playaway

10/05/2021

425 minutes

9781666515589

Description:

The streets of Cairo make strange music: the echoing calls to prayer, the raging insults hurled between drivers, the steady crescendo of horns honking, the shouts of street vendors, the television sets and radios blaring from every sidewalk. Nadia Wassef knows this song by heart. In 2002, with her sister, Hind, and their friend, Nihal, she founded Diwan, a fiercely independent bookstore. They were three young women with no business degrees, no formal training, and nothing to lose. At the time, nothing like Diwan existed in Egypt. Culture was languishing under government mismanagement, and books were considered a luxury, not a necessity. Ten years later, Diwan had become a rousing success, with ten locations, 150 employees, and a fervent fan base. Frank, fresh, and very funny, Nadia Wassef’s memoir tells the story of this journey. Its eclectic cast of characters features Diwan’s impassioned regulars, like the demanding Dr. Medhat; Samir, the driver with CEO aspirations; meditative and mythical Nihal; silent but deadly Hind; dictatorial and exacting Nadia, a self-proclaimed bitch to work with; and the many people, mostly men, who said Diwan would never work. Shelf Life is a portrait of a country hurtling toward revolution, a feminist rallying cry, and an unapologetic crash course in running a business under the law of entropy. Above all, it is a celebration of the power of words to bring us home.

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