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The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
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Dec 12, 2007

really liked it
Recommended to Lynn by: Andi Bernard
Recommended for: people who want a fun read, who like food, or are interested in Jordanian culture
Read in January, 2008

This book is an autobiographical story of a girl with an American-born mother and a Jordanian-born father. As you may gather from the title, there is somewhat of a focus on food, food as it represents culture. It is the story of her life through food. The story is humorous, fun reading with poignant moments. The story begins in Abu-Jaber's early childhood in New York, continues through a couple of years living in Jordan, a return to New York and through many threats of moving back to Jordan, into college (in NY), and into adulthood when she ends up in Oregon (my home). The characters, especially the larger-than-life father "Bud", are funny, lively, interesting folks, but it really all comes back to food. Very engaging. Somewhat of a quick read.

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