4 Books to Snuggle Up With This Fall

What the Eyes Don’t See

By Mona Hanna-Attisha

Penguin Random House, 2018

Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan—in the name of austerity—shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps—but officials rebuffed them, insisting that the water was fine. Even as circumstantial evidence mounted and protests grew, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha knew that the only thing that could stop the lead poisoning was undeniable proof—and that to get it, she’d have to enter the fight of her life.

What the Eyes Don’t See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona—accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an Assyrian immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. Available via all major booksellers.


By Adrenna Alkhas


emPOWher is for the young female who is struggling to find herself in the real world, and does not know how to handle a toxic work environment. The journey of this book will take our young female readers into the comic-book female superhero world to discuss what a leader first looks like. Women must learn, more than ever, to empower each other and understand what each woman is going through. This book does not dictate what women should do, nor is it an autobiography. Yet, many of the stories author Adrenna Alkhas shares are her own struggles and those of her ancestors—including the story of her great-grandmother’s survival of the Assyrian Genocide in 1915, and how many Assyrian women worked together in refugee camps to survive. Available on Amazon.

The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence

By Onver Cetrez, Sargon G. Donabed, and Aryo Makko

Uppsala University, 2012

The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence is a collection of essays discussing Assyrian culture and identity from language, ritual, symbol, and identity perspectives from the ancient world to the modern day. The theoretical interpretations and methodological approaches covered in the book aim to narrate the past, presence and future of the cultural and linguistic heritage of the Assyrian people. Available via Amazon.

Assyrians of Eastern Massachusetts

By Sargon G. Donabed and Ninos Donabed

Arcadia Publishing, 2006

The widespread persecution of the Christian Assyrians by neighboring populations in the Ottoman Empire led to their immigration to the United States. Beginning at the end of the 19th century, with an influx during the Great War, Assyrians settled mostly in eastern Massachusetts, finding an abundance of work along its ports and among its large factory base. Concerned with the welfare of their community, these immigrants established a multitude of cultural, social, and political institutions to help promote awareness of Assyria. The establishment of St. Mary's Assyrian Apostolic Church, the first of its kind outside of the Middle East, prompted the solidarity of Assyrians in Massachusetts and became a model for later settlements of Assyrians in the United States. Through family portraits and documents from both religious and secular institutions, Assyrians of Eastern Massachusetts addresses the adjustment of this community in the United States.