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Every month I read a new book related to Turkey, and lately I have been changing my favorite book every month as well!

This month is no different as we highlight Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga.

We are stirring the pot a bit this month by doing our first video book review. Both Laurie and I read this book at the same time, and I thought you would enjoy hearing from both of us. So, click on the video and check out my beautiful wife.

Portrait of a Turkish Family Details:
312 pages
Originally published 1950, Kindle edition 1911, Paperback 2003, Hardback 2008
Set in same time as Birds Without Wings but in Istanbul instead of a village.
The story begins with young Irfan in his upper class family full of love and wonderful memories, but all of this comes to a screeching halt with Turkey’s entry into WWI. The struggles of the family to survive poverty and make a new life after the war are both poignant and gripping. The pictures he paints with words are lovely, but, in the end, the story is quite sad. This book will greatly enhance your understanding of modern Turkey and belongs in the Turkey section of everyone’s library.

Are you interested in other Turkey-related books? Check this out:
45+ Books Related to Turkey: A Reading List with notes

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Duke Dillard moved to Turkey with his wife and 6 children in 2007. He got an MBA at Bilkent University in Ankara, where they had their 7th child. After 4 years in Ankara the whole family moved to Cappadocia, and this blog was born. We love Cappadocia and Cappadocians and want to help visitors make the most of their time here. You can connect with Duke on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and/or link circles on Google+. Click here to read more about Duke and his family.

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