The Vine: June 28, 2013
I recently saw the movie Argo, which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, I felt really ignorant during the beginning expository parts because apparently I know NOTHING about Iranian history.
I would really like some recommendations on some books about Iranian and/or Middle Eastern recent history (maybe 20th century to the present?).
I would also like something that is relatively neutral, as in not pro-American but not really anti-American, either. Not sure if that part is really possible. Bonus points if said book has some information about the history of present-day Israel (the country) because that is another subject that I am sorely lacking in knowledge. I did read some on Wikipedia about the actual incident that inspired Argo, which was helpful, but too limited.
NPR is not cutting it
Nation, I turn to you as my last, best hope. I'm looking for a storybook from my childhood, and I don't have much to go on. When I was a kid (in the early to mid-'80s), this collection was on my bookshelf, and I don't think it was very old at the time. I remember its being paperback but large (perhaps 10" or 11" high) and thick (like more than an inch), and printed on flimsy (sort of newsprint-quality), pastel paper — a different color for each section in the book. I remember the typeface being noticeably larger than average, and the illustrations being almost cartoonish.
The stories were not classics; they were very short, and aimed at sort of an early- to middle-elementary reading level. They were separated into categories: animals, fairies/pixies, goblins/trolls, etc. I don't remember them being especially good, but I did read them a lot, and now that my kid seems like he might be into this kind of thing, I'd like to track down a copy for him.
I've tried various Google combos and some track-it-down sites I've seen recommended on Ask the Readers before, but any combination of "fairy tales"/"stories" + various colors just gives me the Lang fairy books or a William Steig "Yellow & Pink," both of which are definitely entirely unrelated. Any ideas?
I ransacked my childhood home for this and it's definitely gone
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