An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

Khizr Khan, read by the author. Random House Audio, , unabridged, 9 CDs, 11.5 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-525-52398-7
Khan, a Pakistani-American immigrant whose 2016 Democratic National Convention speech condemned Donald Trump for his treatment of Muslim Americans, reveals more about his family, including the life and death of his son Humayun, a U.S. army captain killed in Iraq. Khan’s voice is steady throughout the book, though there are moments—not only when describing the death of his son, but also early on when recounting his sorrow at being separated from his parents as a boy, or the joy of first discovering the U.S. Constitution—when he is audibly overcome by emotion. (That’s true for listeners as well; many will be hard-pressed to get to the end of this beautiful memoir without crying.) There are also unexpected moments of wry humor throughout, and Khan proves himself to have a skill for comic timing, like when he quips, “There had been no sexual revolution in Pakistan,” after describing his cluelessness at how to court the woman whom he would eventually marry. This moving memoir is made all the more powerful when heard in the voice of the author. A Random House hardcover. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 03/05/2018
Release date: 10/01/2017
Hardcover - 288 pages - 978-0-399-59249-2
Library Binding - 301 pages - 978-1-4328-4557-5
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