My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story

My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story

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Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world.But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere-and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people-a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village-who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.It is the story of a bicultural marriage-and aren’t all marriages bicultural? In any marriage, we might discover that our mate is foreign to us, with very different language, memories, and assumptions about home and family. How we respond to difference is what shapes our families, our communities, and our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622313914
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Edition description: Unabridged; 7.75 hours
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, and she has been recognized for her engaging romance narrations.

Table of Contents

Part I Homeland Insecurity

1 Choices 3

2 Genie 20

3 New Life 30

4 Joining the Tribe 39

5 Expecting 49

6 Promises 58

Part II Foreigners

7 Motherhood 67

8 Desire 74

9 Gifts 81

10 Welcome 108

11 Hijabi Barbie 120

12 Freedom 127

13 Rage 147

14 Bartering 158

15 Covering 176

16 Escape 187

Part III Homecoming

17 Betrayal 199

18 Liberation 212

19 Surrender 220

20 Prayer 237

21 Celebration 258

22 Home 269

What People are Saying About This

Unpublished endorsement

My Accidental Jihad is one of the most captivating and moving memoirs I've read in years. The story Krista Bremer tells--one of radical foreignness between a married couple--could be a metaphor for all committed relationships.” --Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy

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My Accidental Jihad 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Wildflowers More than 1 year ago
It is difficult to assess a book of this nature as it involves various issues like culture and belief with which one may not be familiar with. But this book is honest, and Krista Bremer has with all sincerity chosen to discuss her life and relationship as she embarked on a journey of unexpected struggle to open her heart and grow beyond herself, and explore a world which lies beyond her comfort zone. Krista Bremer is an American author and the associate publisher of The Sun magazine. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, and a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship. In short, Bremer is no ordinary American. My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer is her love story of being married to Ismail, a Muslim who was born in Libya. It is beautifully written, and the story is much more than a cross-cultural marriage. In it she writes of her teething troubles, hopes, joy and how her marriage has changed her world and her mindset. My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer is an eye-opening memoir that is insightful and informative. It is about love and marriage. Bremer sensitively handles the cross-cultural issues, and paints a portrait that will open the eyes of many to the world around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audiobook version during a car ride and found it very entertaining and intriguing. I recommend this story to anyone interested in new perspectives, humor and observing the contrast of different cultures through a love story. It is a lovely written memoir, which reminds some of Joan Didion's narrative style. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago