Have you heard? Audiobooks by Arab Americans
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Have you heard? Audiobooks by Arab Americans

Plano is such a diverse place to live, and our collection reflects that diversity that we serve. April is the unofficial month to celebrate Arab Americans. Hear their voices by borrowing some of these awesome audiobooks.

All-American Muslim girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney is YA novel about 16 year old Allie as she encounters love and discrimination and tries to survive all other high school challenges.

A woman is no man : a novel by Rum, Etaf is a page turner centered on the journeys of a mother and daughter and the tension, traditions, and secrets that they carry.

Jasmine Warga has written some wonderful YA novels that explore mental health, identity and relationships. Her characters are young Arab American that are trying to figure out who they are and all the challenges that come with it.

Mirage–A Novel by Somaiya Daud, narrated by Rasha Zamamiri is the first book in a fantasy series. It is a fun read that takes you to fantastical and sometimes dangerous places.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal; narrated by Fiona Hardingham is another YA fantasy novel. The tension, treachery, and budding romance that arises between the two main characters is a must read.

Cast Away: Poems for Our Time and Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye are beautifully written poems and are a joy to listen to.

Leap of faith; Memoirs of an unexpected life by Noor, Queen, consort of Hussein, King of Jordan. A truly unexpected life and a glimpse into what its like being royalty.

There are so many great authors that you can enjoy in eBook or book format:

Diana Abu-Jaber: Her fictional books about Arab American families are insightful and humorous. With a title like The Language of Baklava, it leaves you hungry for more.

Rajia Hassib writes beautiful and deeply moving novels about the Egyptian American experience. If you are ready for a cathartic cry, these would be the books for you.

The Arabic quilt : an immigrant story by  Aya Khalil is a beautifully created picture book about an Egyptian American family. ,

Check out Malaka Gharib, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Zaina Arafat, Zeyn Joukhadar and Sahar Mustafa!

Check out our other “Have Your Heard?” audiobook recommendations here on the blog.

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