Friday Morning Bookclub

March 19, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives American Dervish By Ayad Akhtar 4.2 Omelets


Amazon readers gave  American Dervish 4 stars

Goodreads readers gave  American Dervish 3.7 stars

American Dervish is the story of  Hayat Shah, a young Pakistani American boy growing up in Milwaukee. It is a compelling, thought-provoking read and a real eye opener! A wonderful book club book!

American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs


March 9, 2013

Rate The Book: American Dervish By Ayad Akhtar

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March 6, 2013

This Month’s Book: American Dervish…..In Three Words!

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American Dervish is a compelling story about Family, Religion and Assimilation.

Here is what some of our readers have to say:

Faith, Love, Loyalty

Want To Read

Timely heartbreaking story

Growing up Muslim

Heartfelt immigrant experience

Balancing divergent worlds

How would you describe this month’s book ….In three words?

March 4, 2013

Meet Ayad Akhtar, Author Of This Month’s Book American Dervish

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Only 45 seconds long…….definitely worth a listen!

February 10, 2013

This Month’s Book’s: American Dervish By Ayad Akhtar and Another Piece Of My Heart

Yes, this month we are attempting to read TWO books!


American Dervish is the story of Hayat, a young Pakistani- American boy growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 80’s. It is a glimpse into the life of a family torn between assimilation and holding on to their beliefs and customs. The story, told from Hayat’s  point of view is a fascinating one. If you enjoy audio books, this is a  good one.  American Dervish is read by the author himself, a first generation Pakistani, American from Milwaukee. Ayad Akhtar’s voice really brings this eye-opening story to life!


This month’s bonus book is Another Piece Of My Heart by Jane Green. Our book club was fortunate to be selected to receive copies of Green’s newest book. Another Piece Of My Heart “explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready- made family, and the true meaning of motherhood.” Andie, a 37-year old interior designer, turned “home-stager” does not know what she is getting herself into when she marries Ethan, the love of her life who has two children from a previous marriage. Yes, it is definitely Chic- Lit, but with today’s many blended families…it is well worth the read. I read this book over the weekend!

Please join us in reading American Dervish and Another Piece Of My heart! Two very different yet entertaining reads!

December 18, 2012

American Dervish By Ayad Akhtar

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der·vish: A Muslim (specifically Sufi) religious man who has taken vows of poverty and austerity. Dervishes first appeared in the 12th century;…

I just finished listening to American Dervish which was written and read by Ayad Akhtar. Often when I listen to a book read by the author himself, I am disappointed. I wonder why the author did not have a professional read it. American Dervish was an exception. Avaf Akhtar’s beautiful reading made his story come to life. Perhaps because so much of it was based on a life not so much different from his own.

We first meet Hayat Shah as a college student. Out with the guys at a sporting event he had just eaten his first bratwurst sandwich. Yes, he had eaten pork and the world did not come to an end. He actually felt great. He felt unburdened. The next morning Hayat rushed to his Survey of Islamic History class, Quran tucked under his arm, hoping to find a seat near Rachel, a girl he had a crush on all semester. Today he was going to ask her out on a date. Unfortunately the night before the date was to take place, Hayat learns of the death of his dear “Auntie” Mina. He has a lot on his mind, and a story to tell Rachel.

“You’re Jewish, right?”

“Yeah? So?”

“You may not like me very much if I tell you what happened……”

Hayat’s story is a fascinating one. It is the story of a young Pakistani American boy growing up in a Muslim home in Milwaukee. A story of a family trying to fit in, a family caught between two worlds. Hayat’s father is a physician, considers himself an atheist, drinks too much and is unfaithful to his wife.  Hayat’s mother is an unhappy woman and is always trying to teach Hayat about how to treat a woman, warning him not to be like other Muslim men. When “Aunt” Mina, Hyat’s mother’s best friend leaves Pakistan to escape a bad marriage, abuse and divorce she moves in with the Shahs along with her two-year old son Imran. Life changes when Mina arrives. “Auntie Mina” plays an important role in Hayat’s life, telling him stories and teaching him the Quran.  He thinks she is beautiful and loves her dearly and Imran is like a brother. But Hayat is still just a child and some of his decisions and actions have devastating results.

American Dervish is a glimpse into the life of a family torn between assimilation and holding on to their beliefs and customs. The difficulties of growing up surrounded by mixed messages.  Yes it is fiction, but the characters in American Dervish are real, faults and all. I could even understand why Hayat made the decisions he later learned to regret. The book also gave me insight into the frightening beliefs of the devout Muslims. I was sickened and frightened by the anti semitic sermon given by the local Imam, as well as the actions of others.

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York to Pakistani parents. Like Hayat he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His story is a good one and well worth the read.

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