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Author Ali, Wajahat, author.

Title Go back to where you came from : and other helpful recommendations on how to become American / Wajahat Ali.

Publication Info. New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction    92 Ali,W ALI    Available
 GDL Chevy Chase Library Non-Fiction    92 Ali,W ALI    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
1 copy being processed for GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 258 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-258).
Summary "A rollercoaster ride of a memoir, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, by the journalist, playwright, and political activist Wajahat Ali. "Go back to where you came from, you terrorist!" This is just one of the many warm, lovely, and helpful tips that Wajahat Ali and other children of immigrants receive on a daily basis. Go back where exactly? His hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he can't afford rent? Awkward, left-handed, suffering from OCD, and wearing Husky pants, Ali grew up on the margins of the American mainstream, devoid of Brown superheroes, where people like him were portrayed as goofy sidekicks, shop owners with funny accents, sweaty terrorists, or aspiring sweaty terrorists. Driven by his desire to expand the American narrative to include protagonists who look like him, he became a writer, and in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, an accidental activist and ambassador of all things Muslim-y. He uses his pen with turmeric-stained fingernails to fill in missing narratives, challenge the powerful, and booby trap racist stereotypes. In his bold, hopeful and hilarious memoir, Ali offers indispensable lessons and strategies to help cultivate a more compassionate America"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Ali, Wajahat.
Children of immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Pakistani Americans -- Biography.
Political activists -- United States -- Biography.
Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Ethnic relations.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-2020.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9780393867978 (hardcover)
0393867978 (hardcover)
9780393867985 (epub)

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