Eid Mubarak!

Yesterday was the end of the month of Ramadan, and Muslims around the world celebrated. If you’re curious about the culture, we’ve got information at the library! Here are a few books, and even a movie or two.

Funny in Farsi

Firoozah Dumas was just seven years old when she moved to the United States with her family. She had no idea what to expect. This collection of essays documents her struggle to adjust; the book’s been called hilarious and touching.

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Ahmed’s epic fantasy novel follows a ghul hunter and his apprentice as they fight to save their city. It won the Locus award for best first novel, and was nominated for many other prizes.

Fatima

As the amazon blurb says, “Ghada Karmi’s acclaimed memoir relates her childhood in Palestine, flight to Britain after the catastrophe, and coming of age in Golders Green, the north London Jewish suburb.”  The Jewish Chronicle, reviewing the book, adds, “Ghada Karmi writes simply and poignantly. Here is a story of our time, exile and dispossession.”

reluctant fundamentalist

“Hamid’s second book (after Moth Smoke) is an intelligent and absorbing 9/11 novel, written from the perspective of Changez, a young Pakistani whose sympathies, despite his fervid immigrant embrace of America, lie with the attackers.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Persepolis

Don’t let Satrapi’s simple black-and-white drawings fool you. This book about childhood during revolution is sharp, illuminating, witty, and ultimately heartbreaking. Teens and adult alike enjoy it.

Color of Paradise

“it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” (Antoine de St. Exupery, in The Little Prince). That quote is something young Mohammad, growing up blind in Iran, knows instinctively. He is delighted to go home to his mountain village for the holidays. But his father, ashamed of the boy’s difference, does not want him there–

The Color of Paradise is a beautifully filmed and acted and deeply spiritual movie. The little boy who plays Mohammad is remarkable.

Those are just a few of the items we have in the library exploring the Islamic world. If you need more suggestions, we’ll be happy to help. See you at the library!

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Author: maryj59

A librarian and writer from New England.

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