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Naseem Rakha

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in Chicago, The United States


Kent Haruf, Truman Capote, Wendell Berry, Jane Smiley

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Naseem is an award winning author and journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Her best selling novel The Crying Tree is a winner of the 2010 PNBA Book Award and recent Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

Naseem is interested in stories that have spur discussion and interest in critical social issues.

Naseem is represented by Markson Thoma Literary Agency in NYC

"Beautifully written, expertly crafted, forcefully rendered. The Crying Tree is a story of redemption, but at its core it is a love story as well, and that is the most powerful story of all." Garth Stein, Author The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Spellbinding storytelling." Publishers Weekly

"A beautiful and passionate novel that never becom

Artist in Resident - The Grand Canyon

On January 30th, I left my home and family to spend an entire month by myself on the south rim of the Grand Canyon as an Artist In Residence. The National Park Service chooses twelve people a year to revel in a month of solitude and solid work. I plan to drive the 1400 miles to Arizona so that I can have my easel, computer, and books, guitar and hiking boots. Everything else, will get left behind. Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Essay about a YouTube film of people dancing to The Sound of Music in a railway station in Antwerp
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I read this because it was a story that had a foot in Greenland, a place that intrigues me. The book has been on my shelf for well over twenty years, waiting, I guess, for a quarantine for me to look up and find it. I am glad I did. The story was int ...more
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Excellent book, and a great example of how the mainstream publishing world just does not get it. The author, in her acknowledgements says the work was rejected "by nearly every other publisher in the world." That's a shame, as Jo Deurbrouck's book is ...more
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I liked it. It was okay. Funny at first, interesting and unpredictable, for sure. Kind of cute. It had me chuckling in places. But eventually, it got boring. The story is a two fold - the in the present tale of a man who escapes an old folk's home at ...more
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Getting through endurance runner Martin Dugard's Book, To Be A Runner, was, for me, an endurance test in and of itself. Like most runs, it started out nice, the scenery pleasant enough, the path seemingly having some direction. But like the runs the ...more
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I wish everyone who has ever visited the Grand Canyon would read this book. The casual visitor, who only sees the canyon from its rim, will learn about the grottos, the heat, the side canyons, the sweet scent of water, and the nearly 2 billion year o ...more
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“It had been so beautiful. Life had been so simple and so terribly beautiful.”
Naseem Rakha, The Crying Tree

“Maybe a family is linked in ways we have no way to understand. Some unseen, cellular connection that binds us past and present. If so, perhaps when my brother died, those cells we shared died as well. And for us, that would have been the heart. Those fine, fragile walls that let us embrace life with fearlessness and faith. We suffer because our heart is dying, one small cell at a time.”
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Naseem Lori wrote: "I saw that Kent Haruf has a book coming out next year. :)"
Thanks for letting me know. He is a master.

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Lori I saw that Kent Haruf has a book coming out next year. :)

Yassemin Thanks for accepting me the other day. I just finished your book, its superb! I look forward to more :)

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Naseem and thanks for the friendship! You're bio is so interesting.

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Beth Hi Naseem,
Thanks for befriending me here as well as on Facebook!

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