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The Weekly Graze: Winter Break Wishlist

What is The Gazelle team planning to read over winter break?

Dec 11, 2016

Here at The Gazelle, we work hard to bring you interesting, informative content that you can enjoy and engage with. But what do we read when we aren’t in production every Saturday, working late into the night? The Weekly Graze is a series in which The Gazelle’s staff members pick their favorite written pieces from the past week, in the hope that you might discover some interesting reads too. This week’s Graze focuses on what we aim to read during winter break.
Kristina Stankovic Senior Features Editor
I have wanted to read this book since my freshman year, but I’ve never found the time to do so. The philosophical debate between lightness and heaviness is at the novel’s core. As we cannot return in time and make different choices, we cannot compare our actual life to the ones we could have lead. This situation destabilizes meaning and makes us look for our unbearable weightlessness. Maybe this winter, I will find mine.
Jocilyn Estes Opinion Editor
milk and honey, Rupi Kaur
I feel like every female literature major I know has been raving about Rupi Kaur since I first came to NYU Abu Dhabi. This poetry collection touches on issues of femininity, love, abuse and heartache. On the plane ride back home, I hope to finally get to reading it so that I can finally follow Kaur on Instagram without feeling like a complete and utter sham.
Liza Tait-Bailey Social Media Editor
The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom
After avidly consuming Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie — a tear-jerking memoir about his late professor, filled with the dying man's advice for living life to the fullest — I was keen to turn to his fictional work. The Time Keeper follows a man transformed into Father Time as he helps two diametrically opposed people, one dying, the other suicidal, understand the value of time. As I hurtle through senior year and feel the clock ticking towards the end of my experience here, I want to take a moment to sit down with a good book that forces me to reflect on time's relentless march forward.
Tom Klein News Editor
In this review of the contemporary U.S. American Supreme Court, Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses his observations and personal experiences with the increasingly international role of the Supreme Court. The book looks specifically at the increasing protection of civil liberties and commercial interests of organizations based outside the United States or doing business in the country. Published late last year, the book is seen as the go-to interpretation of American constitutional diplomacy in the modern era. As I prepare for my pre-law and international politics classes in the U.S., I can’t imagine a better book to read.
Khadeeja Farooqui Editor-in-Chief
Cities of Salt, Abdul Rahman Latif
Published in 1984 in Arabic in Beirut, Lebanon, Cities of Salt is the first part of a quintet of novels, which became a fundamental component of modern Arab and Arabic literature. The work, from what I have read about it, is politically charged and targeted toward elite Middle Eastern families, in particular, the leading families of Saudi Arabia, although Saudi Arabia is never mentioned by name. Focusing on the human landscapes that emerged with development and an influx of migrants, Cities of Salt explores the impacts of the post-oil era on the Middle East.
Kristina Stankovic is Senior Features Editor. Email her at
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