Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber is most recently the author of BIRDS OF PARADISE, an Indie Books Pick, as well as of the award winning memoir, THE LANGUAGE OF BAKLAVA, the best-selling novels ORIGIN and CRESCENT, which was awarded the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction and the American Book Award. Her first novel ARABIAN JAZZ won the 1994 Oregon Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.

A frequent contributor to NPR, she teaches at Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and Miami.

Diana Abu-Jaber

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Books by Diana Abu-Jaber

by Diana Abu-Jaber - Cooking, Memoir, Nonfiction

On one side, there is Grace, Diana Abu-Jaber’s tough, independent sugar-fiend of a German grandmother. On the other, Bud, a flamboyant, spice-obsessed Arab father, full of passionate argument. Caught between cultures and lavished with contradictory “advice” from both sides of her family, Diana spent years learning how to ignore others’ well-intentioned prescriptions.Hilarious, gorgeously written, poignant and wise, LIFE WITHOUT A RECIPE is Diana’s celebration of journeying without a map, of learning to ignore the script and improvise, of escaping family and making family on one’s own terms.

by Diana Abu-Jaber - Fiction

A girl who ran away from home five years previously must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.