Laughing All the Way to the MosqueBook - 2014
Zarqa Nawaz has always straddled two cultures. She's just as likely to be agonizing over which sparkly earrings will "pimp out" her hijab as to be flirting with the Walmart meat manager in a futile attempt to secure halal chicken the day before Eid. Little Mosque on the Prairie brought Zarqa's own laugh-out-loud take on her everyday culture clash to viewers around the world. And now, in Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, she tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging, always funny stories of being Zarqa in a western society. From explaining to the plumber why the toilet must be within sitting arm's reach of the water tap (hint: it involves a watering can and a Muslim obsession with cleanliness "down there") to urging the electrician to place an eye-height electrical socket for her father-in-law's epilepsy-inducing light-up picture of the Kaaba, Zarqa paints a hilarious portrait of growing up in a household where, according to her father, the Quran says it's okay to eat at McDonald's-but only if you order the McFish.
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This book is an autobiography written by the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie. It starts with the author as a child, and works its way through her life until the death of her father in law. There are many different themes in the book. Her childhood years, finding a husband and a career, changing careers, having children, Hajj, Eid, and death in the family. There are many elements of comedy throughout the book. It is very real and does not feel forced or scripted.
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