August 7, 2015

I decided to deactivate my Facebook account when I was leaving Israel two weeks ago. It was a precaution I took entering the country in light of the systematic profiling of Arab travelers like myself at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. I’d taken my cousin’...

July 20, 2015

Salamat! It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve been to my parents’ homeland and I’d expected much to have changed. My father’s birth town Al Bireh, already densely populated still managed to squeeze in more white-brick homes with orange-tile roofs, and a few sprawling a...

July 14, 2015

This summer I decided to follow my husband on the road to North Dakota where he does contracting work. I'll confess, my conception of the landscape was blighted by such films as Fargo and The Houseman, each depicting this mid- and northwest region of the country a...

July 5, 2015

By the third synopsis I'd given to my friend about what I had recently read, her eyebrows furrowed and she looked worried. "God! Don't you read any happy books?" I just finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, a novel that made my stomach hurt (so good)...

June 25, 2015

When I first joined Facebook way back in 2008, I was simultaneously anxious, thrilled, and validated when others "liked" my posts. People were, in effect, liking me, Sahar. The now iconic thumbs-up meant someone thought I was clever, funny, or...

June 22, 2015

At a recent book event, I talked with a wonderful teacher and mentor who was emceeing. I congratulated her and gushed about her many accomplishments including a New York Times contributing column, a recently published and acclaimed essay collection,...

June 17, 2015

I asked friends and family to share their favorite books and the list I got back is so wonderfully rich:

  • Essay/memoir: How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Excavation, Chronology of Water, White Album, Bad Feminist, Meaty, Boys of My Youth

  • Fiction...

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