99 Arab American Books {Resource}

This Arab American book list  was put together from a request on Twitter for recommendations of Muslims American authors.

Once I started compiling my list to send, I realized I had enough to separate it out into first a list of authors with connections to Arabs in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region and their experiences in America.

I have broken up this list into Arab American studies, Biographies and Memoirs, Novel, Play, Poetry, and Short Stories.

I have limited authors to two books, even when they have written more, to keep the list well balanced.

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Arab American studies

America in an Arab Mirror by Kamal Abdel-Malek
Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing by Munir Akash and Mr Khaled Mattawa
Arabs and Muslims in the Media by Evelyn Alsultany
How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi Bayoumi
Scheherazade’s Legacy bySusan M. Darraj
Arab & Muslim American Civil Rights and Identity by Alyaa El-Abbadi and Abed Ayoub
Arab American studies Contemporary Arab-American Literature by Carol Fadda-Conrey
An Arab’s Journey to Colonial Spanish America by Caesar Farah and Elias Al-Musili
The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English by Nouri Gana
Arab American Literature and Culture by Alfred Hornung
Arab and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11 by Amaney Jamal
Food for Our Grandmothers by Joanna Kadi
A Community of Many Worlds by Philip Kayal and Kathleen Benson
Etel Adnan by Lisa Suhair Majaj and Amal Amireh
A Country Called Amreeka by Alia Malek
Arab American Drama, Film and Performance by Michael Malek Najjar
The United States Through Arab Eyes by Nabil Matar
Scheherazade Goes West by Fatema Mernissi
Arab America by Nadine Naber
Arab/American by Gary Paul Nabhan
Arab American Aesthetics by Therí A. Pickens Pickens
Arab-American Women’s Writing and Performance by Somaya Sami Sabry
Modern Arab American Fiction by Steven Salaita
Guilty by Jack G. Shaheen
Reel Bad Arabs by Jack Shaheen
Teaching Arabs, Writing Self by Evelyn Shakir
Bint Arab by Evelyn Shakir
The Arab-American Handbook by Nawar Shora
Arabs in America: Building a New Future by Michael Suleiman
Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Bias in American Newspapers by Jeffrey Tischauser and Katrina Bell-Jordans


Biographies and Memoirs

The Language of Baklava: A Memoir by Diana Abu-Jaber
The Furniture of Sam Maloof by Jeremy Adamson
A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed
Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria
The Keys by DJ Khaled
Salma Hayek by Patricia J. Duncan
Just Farr Fun by Jamie Farr
I Killed Scheherazade by Joumana Haddad
Drops of This Story by Suheir Hammad
Hoda by Hoda Kotb
The Home That Was Our Country by Alia Malek
Running For All the Right Reasons  by Ferial Masry
Leap of Faith by Queen Noor Noor
Syrian Yankee by Salom Rizk
Out of Place by Edward W. Said
Looking for Palestine by Najla Said
Does the Land Remember Me? by Aziz Shihab
Make Room for Danny by Danny Thomas
Time and Again by Helen Thomas Thomas
Coming to Astoria: An Immigrant’s Tale by O.M. Kiam



I, the Divine by Rabih Alameddine
The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine
Brooklyn Heights by Miral al-Tahawy
Loom by Thérèse Soukar Chehade
Hayati, My Life by Miriam Cooke
Lifted by the Great Nothing by Karim Dimechkie
Arab in America by Toufic El Rassi
Towelhead by Alicia Erian
Lebanese Blonde by Joseph Geha
Salt Houses Hala Alyan
West of the Jordan by Laila Halaby
Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby
Stills by Samuel Hazo
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf
Letters From Cairo by Pauline Kaldas
Mosaic by Soheir Khashoggi
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
Swimming Toward the Light by Angela Leone
The New Belly Dancer of the Galaxy by Frances Khirallah Noble
The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani
The Night Counter by Alia Yunis



Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi
Ten Acrobats In An Amazing Leap Of Faith by Yussef El Guindi
Salaam. Peace by Holly Hill and Dina Amin
Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam
Four Arab American Plays by Michael Malek Najjar
Roar by Betty Shamieh



Inclined to Speak by Hayan Charara Charara
Tunsiya-Amrikiya by Leila Chatti
The Adam of Two Edens by Mahmoud Darwish
The Madman by Kahlil Gibran
Born Palestinian, Born Black by Suheir Hammad
Inclined to Speak: Hayan Charara
E-mails from Scheherazad by Mohja Kahf
Water & Salt by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
Tocqueville by Khaled Mattawa
Mahmoud Darwish by Khaled Mattawa Mattawa
Grape Leaves by Gregory Orfalea and Sharif Elmusa Orfalea
the magic my body becomes by Jess Rizkallah


Short Stories

Opening the Gates by Margot Badran and Miriam Cooke
Opening the Gates, Second Edition by Margot Badran and Miriam Cooke
The Inheritance of Exile by Susan Muaddi Darraj
Through and Through by Joseph Geha
Dinarzad’s Children by Pauline Kaldas
The Situe Stories by Frances Noble
The Man Who Guarded the Bomb by Gregory Orfalea
Love Is Like Water and Other Stories by Samia Serageldin


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