The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir

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Penguin, Jul 31, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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A search for shipwrecked ancestors, forgotten histories, and a sense of home

Fascinating and intimate , The Girl from Foreign is one woman's search for ancient family secrets that leads to an adventure in far-off lands. Sadia Shepard, the daughter of a white Protestant from Colorado and a Muslim from Pakistan, was shocked to discover that her grandmother was a descendant of the Bene Israel, a tiny Jewish community shipwrecked in India two thousand years ago. After traveling to India to put the pieces of her family's past together, her quest for identity unlocks a myriad of profound religious and cultural revelations that Shepard gracefully weaves into this touching, eye-opening memoir.
 

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User Review  - Lisa.Johnson.James - LibraryThing

This book was everything it was said to be, compelling, poignant, a little sad, personal, touching, etc. Sadia's deep love for her grandmother takes her on a journey to discover her multi-cultural ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookczuk - LibraryThing

The Girl from Foreign chronicles Sadia Shepard's journey of discovery to explore her heritage. She is the daughter of a Pakistani woman of Islamic faith and a white, Protestant from Colorado. Living ... Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE STORY TELLING
THE PAINTED CITY
SHIPWRECKED ANCESTORS
THE GIRL FROM FOREIGN
LUCKY CHILD
M IBRAHIM PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
THREE PARENTS
INFLUENCES
NATIVE PLACES
SECONDCLASS
OMENS
JEWS AND INDIANS
WHICH CASTE
PART THREE DEPARTURES
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
NANAS PAPERS

SIDDIQI HOUSE
SHANTARAMS POND
RICHARD AND SAMINA
ANXIOUSTYPE NATURE
PART TWO FIELDWORK
THE DIRT COLLECTORS
HINDI LESSONS
TRAVEL ADVISORY
HIGH HOLIDAYS
LEAH AND DANIEL
WHICH WAY IS EAST
DEPARTURES
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Sadia Shepard is a documentary filmmaker and writer who lives in New York City. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 1997, from the Graduate Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University in 2000, and began her work with the Bene Israel community of India while on a Fulbright Scholarship. This is her first book.

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