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The Language of Baklava
by Diana Abu-Jaber
Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together delicious food memories that illuminate the two cultures of her childhood—American and Jordanian. 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. These...
"Abu-Jaber's voluptuous prose features insights into the Arab American community that are wisely, warmly depicted."— San Francisco Chronicle Sirine, the heroine of this "deliciously romantic romp" ( ?Vanity Fair ?) is thirty-nine, never married, and living in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles. She has a passion for cooking...
“A full-course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at [Abu-Jaber’s] table.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post At thirteen, Felice Muir ran away from home to punish herself for some horrible thing she had done—leaving a hole in the hearts of her pastry-chef mother, her real estate...
“Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything right—forensically and psychologically.”—Sarah Weinman, Baltimore Sun In this "mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision" ( Miami Herald ), a series of crib deaths in Syracuse, New York, draws the attention of police and...
"This oracular first novel, which unfurls like gossamer [has] characters of a depth seldom found in a debut."— The New Yorker In Diana Abu-Jaber's "impressive, entertaining" ( Chicago Tribune ) first novel, a small, poor-white community in upstate New York becomes home to the transplanted Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud: his...
“Diana Abu-Jaber is the Ambassador of Big-Heartedness.”—Patrick Volk, on The Language of Baklava On one side, there is Grace: prize-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber’s tough, independent sugar-fiend of a German grandmother, wielding a suitcase full of holiday cookies. On the other, Bud: a flamboyant, spice-obsessed Arab father...
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