Host Ken Jones talks with Zora O'Neill, author of the new book All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World.
In the book, Zora visits four Middle Eastern countries over the course of a year. She spends several weeks in each place, studying the Arabic language and its local dialects. In addition to sharing her lessons learned, she guides us through the people, history, culture, and food of these regions.
Zora proves to be an excellent guide. Which is no surprise given her background as a freelance travel and food writer, who has authored or co-authored more than a dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and Moon. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler.