Christiane Bird



Works

The Sultan's Shadow: One Family's Rule at the Crossroads of East and West
Two of the Middle East's most intriquing characters--Oman's Seyyid Said and his rebellious daughter Salme--come to life in this compelling narrative; to be published by Random House in June 2010.

A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan
Blending personal observation with in-depth research, Bird travels through the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria to illuminate the little-known history and vibrant culture of the largest ethnic group in the world without a state of its own.

"Informative and altogether fascinating.... No book could be more timely."
--The Washington Post

Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
Traveling alone and by bus, Bird journeys throughout Iran, from the bustling capital of Tehran to the lonely Valley of the Assassins, talking to Iranians from all walks of life along the way. The result is an astounding, insightful look at the Islamic Republic--in all its beauty, ferocity, and contradiction.

The Da Capo Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the U.S. (Third Edition)
Where did Charlie Parker first play with Dizzy Gillespie? What are the best jazz clubs in Chicago? This updated guide tells readers where to find everything from the current music scene to major jazz/blues landmarks in 26 cities and the Mississippi Delta.

"A great guide for music lovers."
--B.B. King

New York State
An indepth, personalized travel guide to New York State published by Moon Handbooks. First edition published in 1997; updated in 2000, 2003, and 2006. Named one of the 25 Outstanding Reference Books of 1997 by the New York Public Library.

Below the Line: Living Poor in America
Coauthor of an award-winning photography book by Magnum photographer Eugene Richards; 14 families tell their stories about poverty in America.

Selected Works

Narrative Nonfiction
The Sultan's Shadow: One Family's Rule at the Crossroads of East and West
A story of romance, religion, slavery, and geopolitics set in Oman, Germany, and Zanzibar.
A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan
"I cannot recommend too highly this brilliantly evocative portrait of a people."
--Noam Chomsky
Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
"The product of a generous heart and a watchful eye."
--The New York Times
Travel Guide
The Da Capo Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the U.S. (Third Edition)
With over 900 hot clubs, cool joints, landmarks and legends, from boogie-woogie to bop and beyond.