304 pages, 5½" x 8¼"
ISBN 9781616200688$24.95 HARDCOVER NO. 73068US/CAN/OMEBOOK ISBN 9781616203979
• 12-city author tour• National television, print, online, and radio media campaign• 20-city radio satellite tour• National advertising, including
Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Utne Reader,
• Prepublication author tour and appearance at ABA Winter Institute• Major galley distribution, including reading group outreach and Goodreads giveaway
ieen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her lie today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic
names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the proound ways her
marriage would change her perception o the world.
But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail.
He was passionate and sincere—and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple acing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story o two people—a middle-class American raised in Caliornia and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan ﬁshing village—who made a commitment to each other without orsaking their own identities.It is the story o a bicultural marriage—and aren’t all marriages bicultural? In any marriage, we might discover that our mate is oreign to us, with very diﬀerent language,
memories, and assumptions about home and amily. How we
respond to these diﬀerences shapes our world.
Prooundly moving, this meditation on tolerance explores
what it means to open our hearts to another culture and to embrace our own. It is Krista Bremer’s unexpected struggle to reach beyond hersel, her accidental Jihad.
My Accidental Jihad
is one o the most captivating and moving memoirs I’ve read in years. Te story Krista Bremer tells—one o radical oreignness between a married couple—could be a metaphor or all committed relationships.” —H K, author o
A Girl Named Zippy
“A powerully personal account o the courage and hard work necessary to open one’s heart and keep it that way.” —M S, author o
is the associate publisher o
magazine and the recipient o a Rona Jaﬀe Foundation award. Her essay on which this book is based, “My Accidental Jihad,” received a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have been published in
O: Te Oprah Magazine, More
and she’s been eatured on NPR and in the PBS series
Arab American Stories.
Her website is www.kristabremer.com.
MY ACCIDENAL JIHAD
My Accidental Jihad
is a bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman.”
—E G, author o
Eat, Pray, Love
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