Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 396 pages

Published: November 13, 2018

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Genre:  Nonfiction, Autobiography, Biography & Memoirs
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Book Review: Muslim Girl: Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh


Format:  Hardcover

Pages: 144 pages

Published: October 18th 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Autobiography, Biography, Memoir




At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That same year, she heard her first racial slur. At age eleven, when the United States had begun to invade Iraq and the television was flooded with anti-Muslim commentary, Amani felt overwhelmed with feelings of intense alienation from American society. At thirteen, her family took a trip to her father’s native homeland of Jordan, and Amani experienced firsthand a culture built on pure religion, not Islamic stereotypes.

Inspired by her trip and after years of feeling like her voice as a Muslim woman was marginalized and neglected during a time when all the media could talk about was, ironically, Muslim women, Amani created a website called MuslimGirl. As the editor-in-chief, she put together a team of Muslim women and started a life dedicated to activism.

Muslim Girl: Coming of Age is a poignant memoir that describes a young Muslim American’s growing up in a world impacted by 9/11. Amani discusses the the anti-Muslim sentiments and the racism she encountered while growing up. Through her writing, you can feel the pain of not only the hate she experienced, but the pain of Amani hiding her true self from others. The result for Amani: heartbreaking, painful and eye-opening. Continue reading “Book Review: Muslim Girl: Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh”