Book Launch: "Looking for Palestine"
Book Launch: Looking for Palestine by Najla Said
Tue, September 10, 2013 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Doors Open at 6:30pm
Free and open to the public
Growing up in New York City as the daughter of a famous Palestinian intellectual father and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, it wasn’t rare for Najla Said to answer the door as a young girl to world-renowned scholars or sit in on heated political discussions over dinner. Yet in spite of her extraordinarily cultured and colorful upbringing, Najla admits to being a young American girl who simply wished to fit in and who often felt conflicted about her cultural background and identity.
LOOKING FOR PALESTINE: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Familyis the warm and engaging memoir born out of Najla’s hugely popular one-woman show, Palestine, which had a nine-week sold-out run Off Broadway and earned features in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
Having already won the praise of Cornel West, LOOKING FOR PALESTINE is not only an enlightening testament about negotiating Arab identity in America, but also a universal coming-of-age story resonant with children of immigrants and anyone who has experienced ambivalence toward their parents or background.
LOOKING FOR PALESTINE is a candid, funny and deeply moving memoir that chronicles Najla’s journey into adulthood and solidifies her as an important voice for second-generation Arab Americans across the country.