I Speak for Myself: All-American
All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim
Edited by Wajahat Ali & Zahra T. Suratwala. White Cloud (PGW, dist.), $16.95 trade paper (238p) ISBN 978-1-935952-59-6
This latest volume in the I Speak for Myself series offers short, readable, personal essays by 45 men on being Muslim in America. Some were born into the faith, others converted, and they are an amazing variety of ethnicities and races. But they are all self-aware, happy with their faith, and as American as every other New York Yankees fan or kid who grew up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These men have followed different faith journeys, and their stories introduce readers to the diverse branches within Islam. This simple, friendly, and necessary book belongs on high school and public library shelves. Would it could be required reading for the half of Americans who have an unfavorable view of Islam. (June)
I’m just one of 45 Muslim American men who have contribute to essays for the book, and I am very proud that our collective effort is getting serious recognition. The advance buzz and praise for the book from the literary community is overwhelmingly positive, too.
The book comes out on Friday through all the usual outlets such as Amazon, but it’s cheapest if you pre-order directly from White Cloud’s website ($10, which is 40% off). Please support the book and pre-order today!