RANDOM HOUSE READER’S CIRCLE SELECTION WITH BOOK CLUB GUIDE INSIDE
The Khans received INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION AND ENORMOUS MEDIA COVERAGE FOR THEIR SPEECH AT THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, which Andrew Sullivan called “the fulcrum of [the] election.” It included what the Washington Post called “the most memorable image from the convention.” http://slate.me/2jk1Pdg
RANDOM HOUSE READERS CIRCLE GUIDE: will include a reading guide for community reads groups, book clubs, and teachers as well as AN ACTION GUIDE for community leadership and civic engagement.
CONTINUING INFLUENCE: A minute after the speech ended, a spike in searches for “register to vote” was seen on Google, and sales of pocket Constitutions soared to the top of bestseller lists. Since that time, the subject of immigration has become even more hot-button, as President Trump has enacted his travel ban and there has been a marked rise in anti-immigration fervor.
Since the convention, the Khans have become SYMBOLS OF PATRIOTISM, COURAGE, AND SACRIFICE, giving speeches to audiences of thousands across the country.
POWERFUL, TIMELY THEMES: immigration, anti-Islamophobia, veterans’ rights, patriotism, the meaning of democracy, and standing up for the CONSTITUTIONAL rights of ALL Americans.
“I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: Thank you for immigrating to America. We’re a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation—and he will never be forgotten.”—Senator John McCain
One of The Washington Post’s 5 Best Memoirs of 2017
“An American Family is a small but lovely immigrant’s journey, full of carefully observed details from the order in which Ghazala served tea at a university event, to the schedule of the police patrols in the Boston Public Garden where Khan briefly slept while he was in between apartments, to the description of Humayun’s headstone as a ‘slab of white marble with soft streaks the color of wood smoke.’…Most importantly, the book is an effective argument for the depth of Khan’s love for and knowledge of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the amendments to it. He emerges as such an eloquent advocate for both documents, and for American values, that I finished An American Family with my own sense of patriotism and sense of civic obligation revitalized.”—Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post
“[A] moving memoir…a story about family and faith, told with a poet’s sensibility…The book is a wonderful refutation of Trump’s nativism and bigotry, but it is no partisan polemic…. Khizr Khan’s book can teach all of us what real American patriotism looks like.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[A] wide-eyed and eloquent memoir…A sense of wonder about America’s promise peppers the entire narrative, even as [Khan] recounts his early struggles in the country while supporting his wife and three boys…. The account is especially resonant now.”—Booklist
“Sometimes it takes a newcomer to point out the beauty that old-timers take for granted. America, more than any other country, was founded upon ideals: individual freedoms, equal protection and due process of law. Khan reminds us that these ideals are worth fighting—and even dying—for. The Khans truly are the most American of families.”—BookPage
“An American Family holds its own alongside other fine memoirs of immigration and would be an inspired addition to any college or high school syllabus. The Gold Star father who spoke so movingly at the 2016 Democratic National Convention is just as affecting on the page.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Self-effacing, the author writes movingly…Khan’s aspirational memoir reminds us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands.”—Kirkus Reviews
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