UPDATE: New Information Regarding CHAI Book Club

The book club meeting for this selection will be held on May 19th in collaboration with Novel Connections Book Club. To participate in this month’s selection and meeting, please contact board.chai@gmail.com.  There will be special participation by contributors to the book – stay tuned for a flier announcing all the details!

The current reading selection for March/April 2012 is:

Love InshAllah
Romance, dating, sex and – Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love and speak openly for the first time about love, relationships, sexuality, gender, identity, homophobia, and racism.

These heartfelt narratives are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing: A quintessential blonde California girl travels abroad to escape suffocating responsibilities at home, only to fall in love with a handsome Brazilian stranger she may never see again. An orthodox African-American woman must face her growing attraction to her female friend. A young girl defies her South Asian parents’ cultural expectations with an interracial relationship. And a Southern woman agrees to consider an arranged marriage, with surprising results.

‘Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women’ was listed by Amazon as one of the top 200 books in the nation and #1 on the women’s studies and Islam bestseller lists. It’s also been featured by global media including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Times of India, and Dawn Pakistan.

Past Selections

  • The Hindi Bindi Club by Monica Pradhan
  • Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters
  • Immigration and identity: turmoil, treatment, and transformation by Salman Akhtar
  • Becoming Dr. Q/:My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

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