The Girl Who Fell to Earth: A Memoir

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Harper Collins, Nov 27, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

Award-winning filmmaker and writer Sophia Al-Maria’s The Girl Who Fell to Earth is a funny and wry coming-of-age memoir about growing up in between American and Gulf Arab cultures. With poignancy and humor, Al-Maria shares the struggles of being raised by an American mother and Bedouin father while shuttling between homes in the Pacific Northwest and the Middle East. Part family saga and part personal quest, The Girl Who Fell to Earth traces Al-Maria’s journey to make a place for herself in two different worlds.


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This is the book that I kept reading even though I really wasn't sure that I should. My reading time is precious, and it is hard for me to decide when to stop. Given that this was a short book, and ... Read full review


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An Arab-American woman's riveting coming-of-age story.Born in Washington state to an American mother and Bedouin father, Al-Maria explores the contrasting worlds that brought her parents together and ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Sophia Al-Maria is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale, the New Museum in New York, and the Architectural Association in London. Her writing has appeared in Harper's, Five Dials, Triple Canopy, and Bidoun.

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