"Way Down in Upper Egypt" is a collection of colorful and intimate stories about the people, culture and customs in this region of Egypt, where life continues much as it has for the past hundred or so years. Why is this unique area called Upper Egypt when it's down in the southernmost part of the country? Why is marriage to a first cousin the most desirable and sought after, why don't automobile drivers turn on the lights after dark and what it means when a man puts his "tails in his teeth." Why must a man enter the house backwards where there'a a newborn baby? Meet colorful friends like Om Mustafa, whose arranged marriage took place at age eleven. What saved the author when a five foot crocodile came at her full speed with mouth wide open and how she escaped after making the carriage driver angry enough to want to kill her.