Articles tagged "Muslim"

Author Spotlight: Tan France

In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, Tan France, Queer Eye’s charming and stylish fashion expert, reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious home became a fashion icon–and the first openly gay, South Asian man on television—simply by being NATURALLY TAN.

Before he became famous as one of the Fab Five makeover experts, Tan France was the youngest child in his family, growing up in South Yorkshire, England. As a member of one of the very few South Asian, Muslim families living in the predominantly white community, he was routinely bullied for both his culture and his skin color.

Full of his candid observations about US and UK cultural differences, social media behavior, celebrity encounters, behind-the-scenes realities of reality TV, and–of course–fashion tips, Tan gives his unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.

Praise for NATURALLY TAN:

A Library Journal Editors’ Pick!

“France’s popularity will surely drive checkouts. This book deserves a spot on library shelves for its affirming representation of coming of age and finding oneself.”–Library Journal

“France’s charming anecdotes and candid opinions exhibit no shortage of humor, and fans of the TV personality will revel in the peek into his colorful history.”–Publishers Weekly

Stars & TV News for I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE

Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet is a German-born Muslim of Moroccan and Turkish descent, and she uses the balance between the Muslim and Western sides of her life to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other.

Souad’s memoir, I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad is being developed into a TV Drama and has THREE starred reviews:

“A riveting memoir and a literary bombshell that effectively eviscerates every preconception, misconception, and prejudice readers have about the Arab world, I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE reinforces the singular significance of journalism, especially foreign journalism, at a time when it is facing its greatest challenges. Compelling, insightful, and shockingly relevant, Mekhennet’s chronicle is a must-read and nothing less than a revelation.” — Booklist, starred review

Washington Post correspondent Mekhennet offers a spellbinding fusion of history, memoir, and reportage in this enthralling account of her personal experience as a journalist and a Muslim on assignment in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The value of this work lies in Mekhennet’s commitment to ‘not taking any side, but speaking to all sides and challenging them.’”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The thrilling narrative brings up critical, persuasive insights while trying to answer the questions of where terrorism comes from and why it’s so difficult to eradicate. For readers who are interested in modern politics, the Middle East, journalism, or strong female voices.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

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