Recommended Reading

Many of the following guides are written before the Arab Spring and may be slightly outdated. A good source of current, online news and information can be found at Another informative resource for expats living in post-revolution Tunisia is the Facebook page, "Tunisia Security Update".


Lonely Planet Tunisia (July 1, 2010)
by Paul Clammer, Emilie Filou and Donna Wheeler

The Rough Guide to Tunisia (Feb. 16, 2009)
by Daniel Jacobs
A comprehensive travel guide to Tunisia, with detailed maps and information on accommodations and restaurants, shopping and entertainment, culture, and language.

Tunisia - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture (March 24, 2009)
by Gerald Zarr

Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA (Oct 2011)
by Nadia Prouty – ACST parent
Nada Prouty is used to overcoming challenges. She grew up in war-torn Lebanon, survived an abusive father, and emigrated alone to the U. S. as a teen. She forged her own path here, eventually serving almost a decade in the FBI and CIA. Prouty worked on the most high-profile cases in recent history, including the USS Cole bombing and the hunt for Saddam Hussein. But at the height of anti-Arab fervor after nine-eleven, federal investigators accused her of passing intelligence to Hezbollah. Now the former secret agent is on a new mission. Nada Prouty talks with Diane about the fight to regain her US citizenship and her reputation.

Montecore: the silence of the tiger (Feb 2011)
by Khemiri, Jonas Hassen
A first English-language translation of a work by one of Sweden's most acclaimed writers finds the son of a world-famous photographer exchanging letters with a family friend about the photographer's impoverished youth in Tunisia and his qualities as a father.

Between terror and tourism: an overland journey across North Africa (Feb 2010)
by Mewshaw, Michael
To mark his sixty-fifth birthday, novelist and travel writer Mewshaw decided to take a 4,000 mile trip across North Africa. The resulting book is filled with the thrills and chills of the traditional traveler's tale, including food riots, beheadings, a derelict Star Wars set, and a cast of memorable characters. As the author describes his journey, he also dishes out a sizeable portion of history and politics, giving readers a good picture of life in contemporary Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. One of the most memorable of recent travelogues, Mewshaw's book will appeal to anyone thinking of traveling to North Africa, as well as to readers who like a ripping good story.

The Caliph's House (Jan. 2006)
by Tahir Shah
This is an interesting story about a Brit restoring an old home in Casa Blanca, Morocco. Not exactly Tunisia, but gives a nice flavor of the Maghreb.
It describes the author's and his family's experiences after purchasing a run-down palace in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, as they work to renovate the house, exorcise the jinns haunting the structure, and cope with the house's human guardians.

And if you like that one, here's the follow-up:
In Arabian nights: a caravan of Moroccan dreams (Dec 2007)
by Shah, Tahir
The author continues his account of his adopted home of Morocco, exploring the tradition of the spiritual quest in terms of his own journey of self-discovery and his father's legacy of storytelling as he reveals Morocco's history, mystical beliefs, and culture.

The Arab table: recipes and culinary traditions (Sep 2005)
by Bsisu, May
A compendium of traditional information, cultural lore, and 175 easy-to-follow recipes offers insight into the flavors of the Arab and Islamic world and includes instructions on how to prepare such dishes as Shorabat Adas, Musaka Betinjan, and Fatet Lamice. What a great way to get to know a culture!

Mediterranean winter: the pleasures of history and landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia, and Greece (Feb 2004)
by Kaplan, Robert D.
Describes an off-season journey along the Mediterranean that covers the area's history, literature, and heritage, describing the mythologies and succeeding medieval civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. I couldn't get through it, but lots of people loved it.

Tunisia: a journey through a country that works (Dec 2003)
by Geyer, Georgie Anne
Aimed at scholars and the general reader, this text traces the history of Tunisia from the Carthaginian Empire to the successful economic transformation of the present day. Journalist Geyer offers a first-hand account of her observations of Tunisia's development policy in action and gives vivid descriptions of the people she met along the way. Geyer is a foreign correspondent and syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate.