Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Canada,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781443416931
Branch Call Number: ANF 791.45028 NAW
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 24 cm

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csrestall
Mar 30, 2017

This was a fun read even though I did not watch Little Mosque on the Prairie. I read this book for the Amnesty International Canada bookclub. I found that some parts were funny and I learned many new things about Islam that I did not know before. I would recommend it to someone who watched the show, wants to know more about Islam in a very open and inviting way, or someone who enjoys a Canadian setting. Fun read!

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minnow67
Mar 13, 2015

Great comedy and well worth reading. Also gives a great insight into the Muslim Religion.

rowanquincy Nov 01, 2014

A really funny autobiography. A quick read.

Wolfespearl Sep 19, 2014

It has been some time since I have laughed so hard. Nawaz' memoir is an outrageously funny telling of one young woman's attempt to find her way in a very challenging world. She is defnitely a Canadian treasure.

VaughanPLDaniela Aug 20, 2014

Zarqa's memoir of sorts is a comical, light hearted glimpse into what it means to embrace many identities. Zarqa is more than a TV show creator, she is a devout Muslim, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a feminist, a comedian and a Canadian.

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Mar 30, 2017

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Mar 30, 2017

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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