Karen Armstrong



Late for Tea at the Deer Palace

The Lost Dreams of My Iraqi Family

Tamara Chalabi

Harper: 414 pp., $27.99

Tamara Chalabi is the daughter of the controversial Iraqi politician and opposition leader, Ahmad Chalabi, one of the leaders of the Iraqi National Congress who served as deputy prime minister in 2005-2006 and who many believe was a source for misinformation about Saddam Hussein's purported weapons of mass destruction. This would not matter if "Late for Tea at the Deer Palace" were a novel, but her book is a family memoir — perhaps an effort to restore her family's good name. The author grew up in Lebanon and Jordan; the stories she heard...