Add this Event to Calendar 12/28/2021 07:30 PM 12/28/2021 08:30 PM Inspirational Book Group


Join us on Monday December 28th at 7:30pm, in the new Community Room for the Inspirational Book Group’s discussion of Life Without a Recipe, by Diana Abu-Jaber.

Description: “"All grudges are softened by the approach of dinner," Arab American novelist Abu-Jaber (Birds of Paradise, 2011) writes in her second food-oriented memoir, following The Language of Baklava (2005). And in a family like hers, dinner can't come soon enough. With a tenderness that never dips into nostalgia, Abu-Jaber weaves together the stories of those closest to her: a gregarious and food-obsessed Jordanian father, a German grandmother who trusts sugar and flour but remains suspicious of men, three husbands, one treasured daughter, and many friends and relatives. In ostensibly a "memoir of food and family," it is the family, rather than the food, that steals the show. She describes her relationships with wonderful levity, but Abu-Jaber also allows space for complexity, conflict, and uncertainty. She offers us an intimate seat at her family table as we watch her learn to navigate life on her own terms, from a young girl to an adult struggling to balance her independence with the needs of her multicultural family. Abu-Jaber renders her relationships to both food and family in rich, joyful detail. 

Copies of the books are available in regular print and large print, so stop by the library to pick up a physical copy.  It is also available as an eBook in Overdrive / Libby.

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Contact: Heidi Fowler 508-839-4649