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Celebrate Muslim Heritage Month at LPL

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Celebrate Muslim Heritage Month at LPL

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January is Muslim Heritage Month. Explore and celebrate Muslim heritage with these fiction titles written by Muslim authors. We also invite you to stop by the Library to browse these titles and more currently on display in the Library’s common area. Please note that descriptions are taken from the publisher. 

salt houses

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 

Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses follows three generations of a Palestinian family and asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home.

No Land to Light On by Yara Zgheib 

Hadi and Sama are a young Syrian couple flying high on a whirlwind love, dreaming up a life in the country that brought them together. She had come to Boston years before chasing dreams of a bigger life; he’d landed there as a sponsored refugee from a bloody civil war. Now, they are giddily awaiting the birth of their son, a boy whose native language would be freedom and belonging. When Sama is five months pregnant, Hadi’s father dies suddenly in Jordan, the night before his visa appointment at the embassy. 

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah 

One of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2020 Longlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Marie Claire, Bustle, Real Simple, and Literary Hub. A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut.

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin 

Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighborhood of Toronto. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job.

you exist too much

You Exist Too Much by Zania Arafat

Told in vignettes that flash between the United States and the Middle East-from New York to Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine-Zaina Arafat’s debut novel traces her protagonist’s progress from blushing teen to sought-after DJ and aspiring writer.

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

Quichotte, an aging traveling salesman obsessed with the “unreal real” of TV, falls in impossible love with a queen of the screen; while obsessively writing her love letters, he wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence. Together they set off across America in Quichotte’s trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love. 

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A story of family identity and belonging follows an Indian family through the marriage of their daughter, from the parents’ arrival in the United States to the return of their estranged son.

A Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.

-Jessica, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions 

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