Books Sandwiched In Meets Aug. 2

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Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, for a discussion of How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.

This book won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. Bayoumi, a professor at City University of New York, writes for prestigious journals, including the New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The London Review of books, The Nation, and more. His newest book, The Muslim American Life; Dispatches from the War on Terror (2015) also received awards.  

The title “How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?” comes from a question posed by WEB DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk (1903). In the book we meet seven young (in their 20s) Arab American men and women from Brooklyn, home to the largest number of Arab Americans in the United States. We discover through them problems they have faced or are facing; for example, government surveillance, workplace discrimination, warfare in their countries of origin, threats of vigilante violence, infiltration of spies and informants in their midst, and the disappearance of friends and/or family. We also learn how they cope and find meaning in their lives.

Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis. Selections for the year are chosen by the members and can be found on the Friends' web site at We hope you will join us. 



Who:       Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:     Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public

Where:  Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C

When:  11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2

Book:  How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.

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