You will be tempted to read passages out loud. Is she arab? is she american? should she marry and, whom? Winner of the Oregon Book Award and finalist for the National PEN/Hemingway Award, if so, Arabian Jazz is "a joy to read. Fatima is obsessed with seeing her nieces married—Jemorah is nearly thirty! Supernurse Melvina is firmly committed to her work, but Jemorah is ambivalent about her identity and role.
Arabian Jazz: A Novel #ad - The widower matuseem loves American jazz, of course, kitschy lawn ornaments, and, his daughters. Usa today praises Abu-Jaber's "gift for dialogue. Her arab-american rings musically, and hilariously, true. ".
Digging to AmericaVintage #ad - When bitsy's recently widowed father sets his sights on Maryam, she must confront her own idea of what it means to be other, and of who she is and what she values. New york times bestseller rich, and searching, Digging to America challenges the notion that home is a fixed place, tender, and celebrates the subtle complexities of life on all sides of the American experience.
Two families meet at the Baltimore airport while waiting for their baby girls to arrive from Korea. The iranian-american sami and ziba yazdan, plus extended family, in tow, wait quietly while brash and all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson, are armed with camcorders and a fleet of balloons proclaiming "It's a girl!" After they decide together to throw an impromptu "arrival party, with Ziba's elegant and reserved mother, Maryam, " a tradition is born, and so begins a lifelong friendship between the two families.
Digging to America #ad - As they raise their daughters, the Yazdan and Donaldson families grapple with questions of assimilation and identity.
Native SpeakerRiverhead Books #ad - When he is assigned to spy on a rising korean-american politician, his very identity is tested, and he must figure out who he is amid not only the conflicts within himself but also within the ethnic and political tensions of the New York City streets. But the very attributes that help him to excel in his profession put a strain on his marriage to his American wife and stand in the way of his coming to terms with his young son's death.
Park's harsh korean upbringing has taught him to hide his emotions, to remember everything he learns, and most of all to feel an overwhelming sense of alienation. Park has spent his entire life trying to become a true American—a native speaker. It is about fathers and sons, about loyalty and betrayal, about the desire to connect with the world rather than stand apart from it, about the alien in all of us and who we finally are.
Native Speaker #ad - . But even as the essence of his adopted country continues to elude him, his Korean heritage seems to drift further and further away. In other words, it has shaped him as a natural spy. In native speaker, author Chang-rae Lee introduces readers to Henry Park. The debut novel from critically-acclaimed and New York Times–bestselling author of On Such a Full Sea.
Native speaker is a story of cultural alienation.
DrownRiverhead Books #ad - A coming-of-age story of unparalleled power, Drown introduced the world to Junot Díaz's exhilarating talents. It also introduced an unforgettable narrator— yunior, the haunted, brilliant young man who tracks his family’s precarious journey from the barrios of Santo Domingo to the tenements of industrial New Jersey, and their epic passage from hope to loss to something like love.
Here is the soulful, unsparing book that made Díaz a literary sensation. From the beloved and award-winning author Junot Díaz, a spellbinding saga of a family’s journey through the New World. .
Unaccustomed EarthVintage #ad - Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, fathers and mothers, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.
These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life.
Citizen: An American LyricGraywolf Press #ad - A provocative meditation on race, claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Finalist for the national book award in poetry ** winner of the national book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.
A. Some of these encounters are slights, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, at home, on TV-everywhere, online, seeming slips of the tongue, all the time. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship.
Citizen: An American Lyric #ad - The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Los angeles times, refinery 29, time Out New York, Vulture, Publishers Weekly, Slate, and many more . In essay, citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, image, and poetry, often named "post-race" society.
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Life Without a Recipe: A MemoirW. W. Norton & Company #ad - As diana discovers, building confidence in one’s own path sometimes takes a mistaken marriage or two—or in her case, however, to a dashing deconstructionist literary scholar, and finally to her steadfast, three: to a longhaired boy-poet, outdoors-loving Scott. Grace warned her away from children. On the other, bud: a flamboyant, spice-obsessed Arab father, full of passionate argument.
Bud wanted her married above all—even if he had to provide the ring. It also takes a good deal of angst was it possible to have a serious writing career and be a mother? and, in one’s late forties: a baby!, even when she knew what she wanted the craziest thing, the nerve to pursue it. Finally, fearlessly independent like the grace she’s named after, like her writer-mom, Diana and Scott’s daughter Gracie will heal all the old battles with Bud and, learn to cook up a life without a recipe.
Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir #ad - The two could not agree on anything: not about food, work, or especially about what Diana should do with her life. Caught between cultures and lavished with contradictory “advice” from both sides of her family, Diana spent years learning how to ignore others’ well-intentioned prescriptions. Hilarious, life without a recipe is diana’s celebration of journeying without a map, gorgeously written, poignant, and wise, of learning to ignore the script and improvise, of escaping family and making family on one’s own terms.
A “bold, luscious” memoir, “indispensable to anyone trying to forge their own truer path” Ruth Reichl. On one side, independent sugar-fiend of a German grandmother, there is Grace: prize-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber’s tough, wielding a suitcase full of holiday cookies.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the BorderRiverhead Books #ad - Named a top 10 book of 2018 by npr and the washington postwinner of the los angeles times book prize in current interestfinalist for the national book critics circle nonfiction awardthe instant new york times bestseller, "A must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything. Esquirefor francisco cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest.
Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border #ad - . They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. But when an immigrant friend travels to mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, on both sides of the line.
WHEREAS: PoemsGraywolf Press #ad - To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics. From “whereas statements”whereas confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators.
Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, layli long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, her own writing, resolutions, longer narrative sequences, landscapes, and disclaimers, prose poems, and her predicament inside national affiliations. The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 whiting writers' AwardWHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment.
WHEREAS: Poems #ad - What did i know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don’t worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Diné, her father’s language. I am, meaning i am a citizen of the oglala lakota nation—and in this dual citizenship i must work, I must listen, I must mother, ” she writes, I must observe, “a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, I must art, I must eat, I must friend, constantly I must live.
This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature.
The Language of BaklavaAnchor #ad - Diana abu-jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together delicious food memories that illuminate the two cultures of her childhood—American and Jordanian. These sensuously evoked repasts, displaced immigrant father who, complete with recipes, paint a loving and complex portrait of Diana’s impractical, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children.
The language of baklava irresistibly invites us to sit down at the table with Diana’s family, faith, difference, sharing unforgettable meals that turn out to be as much about “grace, love” as they are about food. Here are stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father and tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert.