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Diana Abu-Jaber explores cross-cultural heritage in her bestselling memoir, The Language of Baklava
Bestselling novelist and creative writing teacher, Diana Abu-Jaber (Crescent and Arabian Jazz) read from her first work of non-fiction, The Language of Baklava: A Memoir (Pantheon; March, 2005) to a packed audience at Books & Books bookstore in Coral Gables, Fl, where the author makes her home. Abu-Jaber read from a chapter describing life under the rule of her Jordanian father Bud, layered with sweet humor and fine descriptions. With food as the main ingredient that bound her family together, Abu-Jaber recalled the food and dress code conflicts of growing up Arab-American in upstate New York with unflinching honesty, and recalled the life-saving advice given to her by her sagacious Aunt Ayah. Following her twenty-minute reading, Abu-Jaber answered questions from the audience about her family; how her parents first met; and learning the Arabic language. Afterward, the author signed books, chatted with fans, and had a glass of champagne with PubBuzz.

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