NOTE: Discussion will be held next door at Goodwill, 2901 N Sherman Ave.
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Synopsis of "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts": To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Oceans Eleven in this fast-paced narrative that is part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller (The Washington Post).
In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the worlds patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door. -- Amazon.com