Biography

Najla Said

Najla Said

Books by Najla Said

by Najla Said - Memoir, Nonfiction

The daughter of a prominent Palestinian father and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted about her cultural background and identity. She may have been born a Palestinian Lebanese American, but in Said’s mind she grew up first as a WASP, having been baptized Episcopalian in Boston and attending the wealthy Upper East Side girls’ school Chapin, then as a teenage Jew, essentially denying her true roots, even to herself. As she grew older it became impossible for Said to continue to pick and choose her identity, forcing her to see herself and her passions more clearly.