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Brown boy : a memoir

Aziz, Omer (author.).

Summary: In a tough neighborhood on the outskirts of Toronto, miles away from wealthy white downtown, Omer Aziz struggles to find his place as a first-generation Pakistani Muslim boy. He fears the violence and despair of the world around him, and sees a dangerous path ahead, succumbing to aimlessness, apathy, and rage. In his senior year of high school, Omer quickly begins to realize that education can open up the wider world. But as he falls in love with books, and makes his way to Queen's University in Ontario, Sciences Po in Paris, Cambridge University in England, and finally Yale Law School, he continually confronts his own feelings of doubt and insecurity at being an outsider, a brown-skinned boy in an elite white world. He is searching for community and identity, asking questions of himself and those he encounters, and soon finds himself in difficult situations - whether in the suburbs of Paris or at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Yet the more books Omer reads and the more he moves through elite worlds, his feelings of shame and powerlessness only grow stronger, and clear answers recede further away. Weaving together his powerful narrative with the books and friendships that move him, Aziz wrestles with the contradiction of feeling like an Other and his desire to belong to a Western world that never quite accepts him. --

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  • ISBN: 9781638088516
  • Physical Description: 367 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: Center Point large print edition (unabridged).
  • Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2023].
Subject: Aziz, Omer Nonfiction
Adult children of immigrants Nonfiction
Pakistanis Nonfiction
Muslims Nonfiction
Race relations Nonfiction
Education Nonfiction
Poverty Nonfiction
Toronto, Canada Nonfiction
Genre: Large print nonfiction.
Adult nonfiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at York County Libraries.


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