Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month

By Coll Rowe | March 8 2023 | Arab American

April is Arab American Heritage Month and Penguin Random House Education is celebrating Arab American heritage and culture by recognizing our authors who have shared their experiences and perspectives through their writing and work. The titles included in this list discuss topics ranging from growing up Arab American to finding oneself to living as a refugee, from complex and unique perspectives. The collection includes memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction.

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?
Being Young and Arab in America
An eye-opening look at how young Arab- and Muslim-Americans are forging lives for themselves in a country that often mistakes them for the enemy.
$18.00 US
Jul 28, 2009
336 Pages
Penguin Books

It Won't Always Be Like This
A Graphic Memoir
An intimate graphic memoir about an American girl growing up with her Egyptian father's new family, forging unexpected bonds and navigating adolescence in an unfamiliar country—from the award-winning author of I Was Their American Dream.
$19.99 US
Sep 20, 2022
224 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic

Love Is an Ex-Country
A Memoir
Queer. Muslim. Arab American. A proudly Fat femme. Randa Jarrar is all of these things. In this "exuberant, defiant and introspective" memoir of a cross-country road trip, she explores how to claim joy in an unraveling and hostile America (The New York Times Book Review). 
$26.00 US
Feb 02, 2021
240 Pages

Looking for Palestine
Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family
A frank and entertaining memoir—from the daughter of Edward Said—now in paperback.
$17.00 US
Sep 02, 2014
272 Pages
Riverhead Books

What Strange Paradise
A novel
From the widely acclaimed, author of American War—a beautifully written, unrelentingly dramatic, and profoundly moving novel that looks at the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child.
$16.00 US
Jun 07, 2022
256 Pages

I Was Their American Dream
A Graphic Memoir
“A portrait of growing up in America, and a portrait of family, that pulls off the feat of being both intimately specific and deeply universal at the same time. I adored this book.”—Jonny Sun, author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and New York Times bestselling illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda
$16.99 US
Apr 30, 2019
160 Pages
Clarkson Potter

You Exist Too Much
A Novel
A "provocative and seductive debut" of desire and doubleness that follows the life of a young Palestinian American woman caught between cultural, religious, and sexual identities as she tries to lead an authentic life (O, The Oprah Magazine)
$16.95 US
Jun 08, 2021
272 Pages

An American Family
A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
This inspiring memoir by the Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream.
$18.00 US
Sep 04, 2018
304 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

A Map of Home
A Novel
From America to the Middle East and back again— the sparkling story of one girl’s childhood, by an exciting new voice in literary fiction
$17.00 US
Aug 25, 2009
304 Pages
Penguin Books

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo
A Novel
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction, the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, the spellbinding new novel from the bestselling author of The Oracle of Stamboul, following a young man's captivating journey from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.
$17.00 US
May 19, 2020
288 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Girls That Never Die
Intimate poems that explore feminine shame and violence and imagine what liberation from these threats might look like, from the award-winning author of The January Children
$17.00 US
Jul 12, 2022
144 Pages
One World

The Night Counter
A Novel
A magical debut that asks, which stories would you tell if you only had nine days left in which to tell them?
$15.00 US
Jul 13, 2010
384 Pages