Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia by Tony Horwitz
Written before the onset of the first Gulf War, some might think this book will seem dated, but it did not. It still gives a worth reading glimpse of life and culture in the middle east. Horwitz and his wife, both reporters, lived in Cairo for two years, and this book collects his experiences while traveling throughout the region. He focuses on his encounters with locals he meets, which gives the type of read I most enjoy, hearing about daily life, or seeing events through the eyes of an ordinary citizen.
Unfortunately, the copy I read was the worst print job I've ever seen. The text was slightly blurred and sometimes misaligned, making it fatiguing to read. Because each chapter or two described a different country, it was easy to pick up and put down when my eyes tired.