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Audiobooks for Arab American Heritage Month

April is Arab American Heritage Month! Celebrate Arab culture and contributions in the United States with these audiobooks written by Arab Americans.

A Tempest of Tea

Blood and Tea

By: Hafsah Faizal
Narrated by: Maya Saroya
Length: 11 hours 1 minute

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

"Maya Saroya gives an expressive performance in this thrilling historical fantasy filled with vampires, action, romance, and tea."—AudioFile on A Tempest of Tea

From the New York Times–bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame comes the first audiobook in a hotly anticipated fantasy duology... Read more

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Inside Iraq’s Green Zone

By: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hours 18 minutes

The Washington Post’s former Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competes with the distractions of a Little America—a half-dozen bars, a disco, a shopping... Read more

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The Skin and Its Girl

A Novel

By: Sarah Cypher
Narrated by: Victoria Nassif & Haneen Arafat Murphy
Length: 12 hours 50 minutes

A young, queer Palestinian American woman pieces together her great-aunt’s secrets in this “enchanting, memorable” (Bustle) debut, confronting questions of sexual identity, exile, and lineage.
 
“As beautifully detailed as a piece of Palestinian embroidery, this bold, vivid novel will speak to readers across genders, cultures, and... Read more

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A History of the Arab Peoples

By: Albert Hourani
Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
Length: 21 hours 5 minutes

Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single-volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization—until... Read more

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Behind You Is the Sea

A Novel

By: Susan Muaddi Darraj
Narrated by: Rasha Zamamiri & Ali Nasser
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

“Each chapter is like opening a new door. Each of the stories is connected, but you experience them individually. As you go further along in the book, it carries on in the timeline, and you see the characters change and read about what happens to the characters over the years. Being Palestinian and Palestinian-American, each chapter addresses the... Read more

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Leap of Faith

Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

By: Noor al-Hussein
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 16 hours 5 minutes

Leap of Faith is the dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman’s remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation.Born into a distinguished Arab-American family and raised amid privilege, Lisa Halaby joined the first freshman class at Princeton to accept women, graduating in 1974 with a degree in architecture and urban planning.... Read more

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Birds of Paradise

By: Diana Abu-Jaber
Narrated by: Tamara Marston
Length: 14 hours 38 minutes

Avis Muir is a brilliant pastry chef, Brian Muir a corporate real estate attorney. Their son, Stanley, is the proprietor of a trendy food market. Their beautiful daughter, Felice, is missing. A runaway at 13, Felice has spent five years modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach. She’s about to turn... Read more

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Dearborn

By: Ghassan Zeineddine
Narrated by: Sarab Kamoo & Qarie Marshall
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

Spanning several decades, Ghassan Zeineddine’s debut collection examines the diverse range and complexities of the Arab-American community in Dearborn, Michigan. In ten tragicomic stories, Zeineddine explores themes of identity, generational conflicts, war trauma, migration, sexuality, queerness, home and belonging, and more. In Dearborn, a... Read more

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Six Truths and a Lie

By: Ream Shukairy
Narrated by: Rasha Zamamiri, Ali Nasser & Lameece Issaq
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

Six Muslim teens are falsely accused of a deadly attack in this timely and harrowing examination of America’s justice system, perfect for fans of Angie Thomas and Samira Ahmed.

As fireworks pop off at a rowdy Fourth of July bonfire party, an explosion off the California coast levels an oil rig—resulting in chaos and worse, murder.
 
At the... Read more

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But You Don't Look Arab

And Other Tales of Unbelonging

By: Hala Gorani
Narrated by: Hala Gorani
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes

Emmy Award-winning international journalist Hala Gorani weaves stories from her time as a globe-trotting anchor and correspondent with her own lifelong search for identity as the daughter of Syrian immigrants. What is it like to have no clear identity in a world full of labels? How can people find a sense of belonging when they have never felt... Read more

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Evil Eye

A Novel

By: Etaf Rum
Narrated by: Vaneh Assadourian & Gail Shalan
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

“A moving meditation on motherhood, inter-generational trauma and how surface appearances often obscure a deeper truth. . . . A stunning second novel from a writer who set the bar very high with her first!”—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics and Community BoardThe acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of... Read more

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Sword and Scimitar

Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West

By: Raymond Ibrahim
Narrated by: John McLain
Length: 14 hours 1 minute

A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilitiesThe West and Islam—the sword and scimitar—have clashed since the mid-seventh century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad’s order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam,... Read more

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The House of Wisdom

How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance

By: Jim al-Khalili
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes

A myth-shattering view of the medieval Islamic world’s myriad scientific innovations, which preceded—and enabled—the European RenaissanceThe Arabic legacy of science and philosophy has long been hidden from the West. British-Iraqi physicist Jim Al-Khalili unveils that legacy to fascinating effect by returning to its roots in the hubs of Arab... Read more

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We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I

A Palestinian Memoir

By: Raja Shehadeh
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 5 hours 8 minutes

2023 National Book Award Finalist for NonfictionA subtle psychological portrait of the author’s relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rightsAziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee. He was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this searingly... Read more

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Bride of the Sea

By: Eman Quotah
Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

During a snowy Cleveland February, newlyweds Muneer and Saeedah are starting their lives in America and expecting their first child. But Muneer harbors a secret: the word divorce has begun whispering itself in his ear. Soon, their marriage will end, and Muneer will return to Saudi Arabia, while Saeedah remains in Cleveland with their daughter,... Read more

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We Hunt the Flame

Sands of Arawiya: Book #1

By: Hafsah Faizal
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham & Steve West
Length: 14 hours 44 minutes

"Narrators Fiona Hardingham and Steve West lend their exceptional vocal skills to this fantasy novel...Both narrators deliver commanding performances steeped in drama and suspense, drawing out every ounce of emotion and intrigue: — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, Hafsah... Read more

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Headscarves and Hymens

Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

By: Mona Eltahawy
Narrated by: Mona Eltahawy
Length: 5 hours 38 minutes

A passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world, by an Egyptian American journalist and activist

When the Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy published an article in Foreign Policy magazine in 2012 titled "Why Do They Hate Us?" it provoked a firestorm of controversy. The response it generated, with more than four thousand posts on the... Read more

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The Bird Tattoo

By: Dunya Mikhail
Narrated by: Vaneh Assadourian
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

Helen is a young Yazidi woman, living with her family in a mountain village in Sinjar, northern Iraq. One day she finds a local bird caught in a trap and frees it, just as the trapper, Elias, returns. At first angry, he soon sees the error of his ways and vows never to keep a bird captive again. Helen and Elias fall deeply in love, marry and... Read more

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We Free the Stars

Sands of Arawiya: Book #2

By: Hafsah Faizal
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham & Steve West
Length: 17 hours 55 minutes

The second audiobook in the Sands of Arawiya duology by the masterful Hafsah Faizal—the follow-up to the smash New York Times bestselling novel We Hunt the Flame.

Darkness surged in his veins. Power bled from her bones.

The battle on Sharr is over. The Arz has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep,... Read more

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The Stardust Thief

By: Chelsea Abdullah
Narrated by: Nikki Massoud, Sean Rohani & Rasha Zamamiri
Length: 15 hours 37 minutes

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, this book weaves together the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.Neither here nor there, but long ago . . . Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn... Read more

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