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Life Without a Recipe
A Memoir
By (author): Diana Abu-Jaber
9780393249095 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Apr 26, 2016
$34.95 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.5 x 0.9 in 256 pages WW Norton
Full of life, warmth, hilarity, and sadness, a universal story of self-discovery.

Self determination can be tricky for girls—especially those caught between cultures. Bullied with loving “advice” from a tough, independent sugar-fiend of a German grandmother (Grace) and a flamboyant, spice-obsessed Arab father (Bud), Diana Abu-Jaber spent years learning to ignore their contradictory prescriptions about food, work, marriage, and motherhood. Grace warned her away from children; Bud wanted her married above all, even if he had to provide the ring.

But finding confidence in one’s own path sometimes takes a mistaken marriage or two. It certainly takes a sense of humor, and creativity, and courage. Finally, in her late forties and married happily, Diana knows what she wants, the craziest thing: a baby. Fearlessly independent like the Grace she’s named after, little Gracie will heal all the old battles with Bud, who becomes her greatest friend and ally, as she learns to eat from his fingers and—like her mom—to cook up a life without a recipe.

DIANA ABU-JABER is the award-winning author of four novels, including Crescent, and a previous memoir, The

Language of Baklava. She and her family divide time between Miami, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

Author Residence: Miami, FL

Author Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Pure delight.… Beautiful and lyrical.—Jim Carmin, Oregonian

About a lust for life, about the jumble of joy and fear and surprise and even pain. It’s about that soft cookie with the crunch inside and the slice of cake with an unexpected lay of tartness. In the end, all of it tastes sweet.—Amy Driscoll, Miami Herald

Added joy awaits us in Abu-Jaber's masterful imagery and in her delicious way with words.—Barbara Nimri Aziz, Counterpunch

With a tenderness that never dips into nostalgia, Abu-Jaber weaves together the stories of those closest to her….Abu-Jaber renders her relationships to both food and family in rich, joyful detail.—Amanda Winterroth, Booklist

[A] deliciously candid story….Generously seasoned by an abiding love of food and a keen eye for the nuances of human relationships, this book is a reminder that however unpredictable it may be, life is a dish to be savored. A delectably warm and wise memoir.—Kirkus Reviews

This bold, luscious memoir is both recollection and guide. Brimming with great meals and family struggle, it walks a path between cultural traditions and American individualism. A vivid story of one writer’s journey to build a creative life, one lived ‘without recipes,’ this book will be indispensable to anyone trying to forge their own truer path.—Ruth Reichl

Wonderfully written, honest, funny, and deeply heart-touching, Diana Abu-Jaber’s memoir is a joyous read that speaks to the creative spirit in us all.—Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Filled with visceral joys and literary beauty as well as soulful honesty and a gripping story. Diana Abu-Jaber writes trenchantly and gorgeously about family, marriage, and motherhood with insights and connections that feel hard-won and richly earned. Her sharp intelligence and unsparing self-knowledge bristle on every page alongside her passionate brio for life in all its flavors and complexities.—Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special and The Great Man

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