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together family history and recipes that have been passed down
through written and oral tradition. Te fundamentals of everyday
meals, various manifestations of the Norwegian staple, smørbrød
(open-faced sandwiches), and recipes for everything from Scandi-
navian fruit soup to fried chicken with gravy enrich the pages.
Irene Sandvold grew up in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and graduated
from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing. Now a doctor
of public health, public health nurse, and certifed nurse-midwife,
she and her husband Lars H. Hydle, a retired FSO and former
AFSA president (1977-1979), live in Washington, D.C.
Ingeborg Hydle Baugh, Irene’s daughter, is a freelance writer
with a background in fnance who lives in Washington, D.C.
Edward Sandvold, Irene’s son, passed away in 2005. Quinn Sand-
vold, Edward’s son, has been a cook all his life in the tradition of
both his father and grandmother. He lives in Longmont, Colo.
Arabic for Life: A Textbook
for Beginning Arabic
Bassam K. Frangieh, Yale University
Press, 2012, $85, paperback,
528 pages.
Tis comprehensive, intensive begin-
ner’s guide to the Arabic language
encompasses a multitude of exercises,
charts, diagrams and tips on perfecting
one’s linguistic technique. Unlike other textbooks,
Arabic for Life
focuses on both grammar and profciency during the early stages
of learning to ensure more successful future comprehension and
dialogue capabilities.
By accenting the book with color photographs, ranging from
snapshots of Syrian landscapes to the ImamAli Shrine in Iraq,
author and teacher BassamK. Frangieh enables students to appre-
hend the language in a broader, more realistic sense that ofers
both context and cultural exposure. Te book comes with an audio
disc that supplements the exercises, giving students examples of
proper pronunciation and nurturing their listening skills.
BassamK. Frangieh, the spouse of retired FSO Aleta Wenger,
is a professor of Arabic at Claremont-McKenna College. Mr.
Frangeih previously taught at Georgetown, Yale and the Foreign
Service Institute. He is the author of
Anthology of Arabic Litera-
ture, Culture andTought from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present
(Yale University Press, 2004).
English Brain–Arabic Learner:
Easy Adult Comprehension
of the Arabic Language
Mu Octavis Taalib, Outskirts Press, 2012,
$19.95, paperback, 69 pages.
In this concise, clear study guide, Mu Octa-
vis Taalib attempts to reverse the notion that
“Arabic is too hard.” Languages are acquired,
not learned, he stresses in the preface.
Tis manual is broken down into steps so that learning the
language is a process that feels simple, feasible and natural. Te
approach emphasizes sound, learning symbols and represen-
tations, and putting sound and symbol together to formulate
thoughts, before fnally understanding the Arabic dictionary.
Mu Octavis Taalib, an FSO who retired fromUSAID in 2009,
is a certifed Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages
who also teaches Arabic in suburban Atlanta. Having studied the
Arabic language fromNashid Abdul Khaaliq, an Arabic scholar
from Boston, Taalib cultivated his skills during the latter part of his
FS career when he was based in Cairo and traveled extensively in
Jordan, Israel, Yemen and Morocco.
1040NR? Or 1040? + International
Organization and Foreign Embassy
Jean Mammen, CreateSpace 2012,
$19.95, paperback, 120 pages.
International living can made tax prepara-
tion especially complex and confusing.
Whether you are an American citizen or
resident working abroad for an embassy
or international organization, in the United States on a visa, or a
tax professional ofering advice, this handbook is for you.
Besides step-by-step advice and explanations, this down-to-
earth book features a set of “EZ Guides” to clarify critical deci-
sions that make for efective elections, statements and protective
returns. Author Jane Mammen frst created them to facilitate her
own work with international clients, then expanded them into
guides for her colleagues.
Te handbook is now in its second edition; the author revised
it based on the insights she gained in four sessions of using the
frst edition to teach Washington, D.C.-area tax professionals.
Jean Mammen, a retired FSO and Returned Peace Corps
Volunteer, is an enrolled agent with 15 years of experience doing
individual income tax returns. She specializes in returns with an
international dimension.