20 books to read for Arab American heritage month

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April marks Arab American Heritage Month, and to celebrate, many great Arab-American authors have been paid homage since they have shaped the literary landscape, Media.bookbub reported.
From a horror classic to an epic fantasy to a memoir from a Pulitzer-winning journalist, here are several fascinating reads by Arab American authors that are sure to please.
The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani, deals with Arab/American relations, religious conflict and the American immigrant experience. Inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, one of the most controversial novels ever written, went on to become a literary phenomenon.

Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson, the heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter. A story about the things we do for love, and a powerful study of familial bond.
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill — and the devastating cost — of embracing an authentic life.

Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill — and the devastating cost — of embracing an authentic life.

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, a fantasy novel that pulls the reader in deeper and deeper with twists and turns reminiscent of George R. R. Martin and Joe Hill.
Lebanese Blonde by Joseph Geha, a Lebanese Blonde takes place in 1975-76 at the beginning of Lebanon’s sectarian civil war.
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, a fantasy adventure with all the magic of The Arabian Nights.
Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber, Sirine the heroine of this “deliciously romantic romp” (Vanity Fair) is 39, never married, and living in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles.
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami, a stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America.
West of the Jordan by Laila Halaby, a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds.
Sitt Marie Rose by Etel Adnan, a story of a woman abducted by militiamen during the civil war in Lebanon.
The Tent by Miral al-Tahawy, lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother and the intolerable heaviness of existence.
Arabesques by Anton Shamms, a classic, complex novel of identity, memory, and history in the Middle East and poiants beyond — including Iowa and New York City.
Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua, one of the most important contemporary voices to emerge from the Middle East comes a gripping tale of love and betrayal, honesty and artifice.
I, the Divine by Rabih Alameddine, “Alameddine’s new novel unfolds like a secret… creating a tale… humorous and heartbreaking and always real” (Los Angeles Times).
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar, a stunning depiction of a child confronted withthe private fallout of a public nightmare. But above all, it is a debut of rare insight and literary grace.

Loom by Thérèse Soukar Chehade, a story unfolds in the reminiscences and anxieties of each family member.
House of Stone by Anthony Shadid, House of Stone is an unforgettable meditation on war, exile, rebirth, and the universal yearning for home.

19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye, a story about people living many lives at once.

 

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