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Giveaway: My Accidental Jihad

April 25, 2014

My Accidental Jihad

Have you heard the buzz surrounding Krista Bremer’s memoir, My Accidental Jihad?  I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I hope to get to it soon because it sounds like my kind of book.  Thanks to Algonquin Books, I have two copies of this book to give to two lucky readers!

About the book:

Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world.

But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere—and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people—a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village—who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.

It is the story of a bicultural marriage—and aren’t all marriages bicultural? In any marriage, we might discover that our mate is foreign to us, with very different language, memories, and assumptions about home and family. How we respond to difference shapes our families, our communities, and our world.

Profoundly moving and often funny, this meditation on tolerance explores what it means to open our hearts to another culture and to embrace our own. It is Krista Bremer’s unexpected struggle to reach beyond herself, her accidental Jihad.

About the author:

Krista Bremer is the associate publisher of The Sun and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award. Her essay on which this book is based, “My Accidental Jihad,” received a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have been published in O: The Oprah MagazineMore magazine, and The Sun, and she’s been featured on NPR and in the PBS series Arab American Stories. 

Watch the book trailer:

To enter to win a copy of MY ACCIDENTAL JIHAD, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Wednesday, May 7, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.


17 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2014 6:17 am

    This one sounds really good. Awesome that this contest is worldwide, I just entered my name and details.

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  2. April 25, 2014 7:31 am

    I would love to read this one. It definitely sounds like my kind of book too.

  3. April 25, 2014 7:54 am

    I have heard about this one, it looks good. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  4. April 25, 2014 9:07 am

    This sounds really good. Algonquin always does good stuff!

  5. Patty permalink
    April 25, 2014 10:25 am

    Wow…it sounds like an amazing story!

  6. April 25, 2014 10:59 am

    I saw this book when I was browsing the other day and thought it sounded amazing.

  7. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 25, 2014 12:10 pm

    Wow. Sounds fantastic. Different and eye opening.

  8. April 25, 2014 2:00 pm

    Kathy, thanks for hosting this giveaway. The book sounds fascinating. I will add your giveaway to my blog’s sidebar.

  9. April 25, 2014 2:53 pm

    I don’t think I’ve seen this book before. It sounds really interesting!

  10. April 25, 2014 6:12 pm

    Always interesting stopping by and see great titles (and straight to the point reviews).

  11. April 25, 2014 6:51 pm

    This story intrigued me the minute I read the synopsis. I wishlisted it then. I really hope to win! Thanks for the chance.

  12. April 26, 2014 12:04 am

    Good luck to all, I just bought a copy. So excited the author will be at Booktopa Asheville. I can’t wait to read.

  13. April 26, 2014 12:18 am

    I too like the story. Thanks for making it open to all.

  14. April 28, 2014 12:51 am

    Great giveaway. What a challenge she must face. Can’t wait to see what you think of it.

  15. April 28, 2014 4:49 am

    I’ve been really curious about this book. I heard her speak on the radio (NPR?) no too long ago and I was hooked. I love the way cultures come together in the book.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    April 29, 2014 7:56 am

    This book is high up on my TBR pile. It looks outstanding!

  17. May 8, 2014 5:14 pm

    this one sounds phenomenal!

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