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Shelf life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

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"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." --publisher's website
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subject_facetBooksellers and bookselling -- Egypt -- Cairo -- Biography
Bookstores -- Egypt -- Cairo
Businesswomen -- Egypt -- Cairo -- Biography
Cairo (Egypt) -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Diwan (Bookstore : Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt)
Wassef, Nadia
title_displayShelf life : chronicles of a Cairo bookseller
title_fullShelf Life : Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller [electronic resource] / Nadia Wassef
Shelf Life Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller
Shelf life : chronicles of a Cairo bookseller / Nadia Wassef
title_shortShelf life
title_subChronicles of a Cairo Bookseller
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Booksellers and bookselling
Bookstores
Business
Businesswomen
Multi-Cultural
Nonfiction
Social conditions
Wassef, Nadia