The Cat Man of Aleppo
The courageous and true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats. Aleppo's city center no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pots pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighborhood is empty, except for the many cats left behind.
Alaa loves Aleppo, but when the war comes his neighbors flee to safety and leave their many pets behind. Alaa decides to stay. He can make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded to safety. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. The next day more cats come, and then even more! There are too many for Alaa to take care of on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep all of his new friends safe.
Marriage Advice from a Divorced Guy
Empower your love into the stuff of legends. Transform your relationship into the talk of the town. Inflame your marriage into the stuff of legends.
How is your marriage? Is it barely hanging on amid the negative forces pulling it apart? Do your neighbors say, "Give them a year!" with a wink? Are you heading towards the ugly end - divorce? Follow the advice here and your marriage will become enduring and fulfilling.
Best-selling author Karim Shamsi-Basha shares his experience in both the married and divorced worlds. Two more facts give Karim, the divorced guy, the authority needed to write this book: a childhood with a father who read him love poetry instead of nursery rhymes, and his deep and profound love for his children.
The Beauty Box
A Tribute to the Legendary Beauty Parlors of the South
In the early 90’s, Karim Shamsi-Basha traveled the Southern United States in search of the traditional beauty parlor. He documented this vanishing slice of Americana for generations to come. He loved chatting with the older women with curlers in their hair and sitting under the massive hair dryers. The book shows the South as the place for such traditions to entertain. His favorite part of doing this book? The gossip he communed with in these time-preserved museums of Southern wit and humor.
Home Sweet Home Alabama
Home Sweet Home Alabama was created to capture that unique sense of heart and home. Through the words and images of world-renowned journalist Karim Shamsi-Basha, and the testimonies of forty-eight different Alabamians, this book weaves together a tapestry that contains the secret of Alabama's magic. Karim holds the state in a special place, having immigrated here from Damascus – Syria in 1984. The gracious people of Alabama welcomed him and he gladly accepted and made his home here. For Karim, Alabama is where the Southern drawl is arresting, Southern traditions are preserved, and Southern comfort is well lived.
Shelter from the Storm
As the homeless posed for their pictures, their eyes told a million stories.
The little girl on the cover came in with her grandmother. She was told where to stand. Tugging on her shirt, she took her grandmother's hand and looked into the camera, that with her eyes said, "Help."
At the age of three, her eyes told a million stories.
Arab in Alabama / A Muslim Seeking Acceptance in the American South
This work contain forty essays about growing up in Damascus then coming to the United States at the age of 18 and experiencing freedom and love, as well as Southern trademarks such as sweet iced tea, ample smiles, phrases like “Yes sir” and “No ma’am,” and others. From 9/11 and the negative opinions of Arabs it caused, to football to writing to gracious Southerners he has encountered to an email back and forth with a leader of the KKK and many others.
In this novel, Karim Shamsi-Basha portrays his motto in life: Love is stronger than any evil. Cactus Pear is the tale of Salaam, a Muslim boy growing up in the war-ravished country of Syria, and his love affair with Laila, a Christian girl. Their relationship goes against the norm in this culture, which while accommodating and tolerating different faiths, is deeply steeped in ancient traditions and strict societal codes. Adding to the turmoil, Laila’s mother is a secret Jew whose family stayed in Damascus after the 1948 declaration of Israel as a state. She claims to be a Christian. The intersection of religion, politics, war, and love results in a must read.