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Author: Diana Abu-Jaber
An Arab-American novel as delicious as Like Water for Chocolate. Praised by critics from The New Yorker to USA Today for her first novel, Arabian Jazz ("an oracular tale that unfurls like gossamer"), Diana Abu-Jaber weaves with spellbinding magic a multidimensional love story set in the Arab-American community of Los...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781565117730
ISBN-10: 1565117735
Publication Date: 5/12/2003
Pages: 540
Edition: Abridged
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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astream avatar reviewed Crescent on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Very enjoyable read which immerses you in the culture of Iraqi Americans in the modern day. A mystery, romance, and history lesson all rolled together. Each chapter begins with a mini-chapter which weaves a "moralless tale of Abelrahman Salahadin" thus unfolding a folk tale alongside the novel. Very well written
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is ALMOST too good to give away. An unmarried almost middle-aged Arab-American runs a restaurant (LOTS of food talk!) in Los Angeles.
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Helpful Score: 1
I almost hate to give this one away. It's one of those books where the food figures as prominently as the characters. The main character is an almost 40 year old, never married Arab American who co-owns a restaurant. GREAT BOOK!
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Wonderfully written with such vivid culinary imagery that you can't wait to try the recipes the author's included at the end of the book. Each chapter begins with a section from a folk tale and sets a beautiful tone for the book. The love story is very innocent, especially since the man and woman are 39 and older, but in the end it's very sweet. This book is not for those readers who need non stop action, but I found it to be a very enjoyable read.
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Loved this! Five stars from me. It's a book that I'm going to keep for myself. This book evokes all your senses. I can't say too many books have done that for me. If you're looking for something relevant, imaginative, and insightful, get this book. It's a good book for Americans to read especially in this current political climate.

Author Diana Abu-Jabar's Sirine, the blonde green-eyed, American-born half Iraqi heroine, is the chef of a small Middle Eastern restaurant in Los Angeles, popular with university students and exiled immigrants. Crescent is a love story between Sirine and Han, a handsome exiled Iraqi intellectual longing for the country he can longer visit. But this story is more than your typical girl meets boy love story. It's about community, making a new life in a foreign country, longing, loss, feasts and fables. I felt changed after I read this book. That to me is a hallmark of a great book. The descriptions of the food, making of the food, the dinners all made me so hungry. My only complaint is that the author should have included some of the delectable recipes from the story in the book.


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