My Accidental Jihad (Hardcover)

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“Bremer's marriage memoir opened my eyes to a culture I previously didn't know much about. Great books invite us in, give us an education without our realizing we are learning something, and change us with each page. That's what this account did for me. Bremer's marriage to a Libyan Muslim crosses cultural boundaries, and hardships and heartbreaks abound -- but there are blessings and happiness too. I'll be recommending this one!”
— Annie Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA


Utterly absorbing . . . A beautiful book. Cheryl Strayed, author of "Wild" A bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer and an aspiring journalist who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. Raised a Muslim--one of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya--his faith informed his life. When she and Ismail made the decision to become a family, Krista embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental "jihad: " a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind, and more important, her heart. A moving, lyrical memoir . . . A sweet and rewarding journey of a book. "Kirkus Reviews" Readers of memoir will welcome this love story about patience and kindness and learning the importance of putting culture first. "Library Journal" Lucid, heartfelt, and profoundly humane, "My Accidental Jihad" navigates the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love. G. Willow Wilson, author of "Alif the Unseen" Bremer's particular story strikingly highlights the (usually more mundane) cultural clashes and compromises inherent to every marriage or long-term relationship. "Publishers Weekly.

About the Author

Krista Bremer is the associate publisher of "The Sun" magazine and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award. Her essay on which this book is based, My Accidental Jihad, received a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have been published in "O: The Oprah Magazine, ""More" magazine, and "The Sun, " and she s been featured on NPR and in the PBS series "Arab American Stories." Her website is
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616200688
ISBN-10: 1616200685
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English