My broken ankle has improved so much that a walk to the train station now takes me 20 minutes instead of 45 minutes. I decided I was ready to take a train ride.
The few books left were mostly on shelves with correct labels, but I did spot this one: right-wing crazies Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck filed under Mythology/Folklore and Gay/Lesbian/Transgender. Accident or joke? They would be so not amused.
I came away with Sandra Mackey’s The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom, which I am devouring.
Chapter One. The Coming of a Foreigner:
I am Michael Collins. I am Justin Coe. I am Sandra Mackey. Behind my male pseudonyms of Collins and Coe, I spent four years as an underground journalist in Saudi Arabia.
Chapter Two. The Magic Kingdom:
In Saudi Arabia, there is no early hour of daylight when the soft shades of pink creep over the landscape, gradually waking a sleeping world. Morning comes early and comes forcefully. Within minutes of rising, the sun falls on the landscape with full intensity, savagely pounding the flat roofs and baked earth.
Ah, the desert.
I may have to stop blogging for a few days in order to finish this.
The photograph on the front cover is by Jeremy Horner. See more of his Arabia images here.