An American Family

An American Family

A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

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This inspiring memoir by the Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream.

“Moving . . . a story about family and faith, told with a poet’s sensibility . . . Khizr Khan’s book can teach all of us what real American patriotism looks like.” —The New York Times Book Review

In fewer than three hundred words, Khizr Khan electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And when he offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution, his gesture perfectly encapsulated the feelings of millions. But who was that man, standing beside his wife, extolling the promises and virtues of the U.S. Constitution?

In this urgent and timeless immigrant story, we learn that Khizr Khan has been many things. He was the oldest of ten children born to farmers in Pakistan, and a curious and thoughtful boy who listened rapt as his grandfather recited Rumi beneath the moonlight. He was a university student who read the Declaration of Independence and was awestruck by what might be possible in life. He was a hopeful suitor, awkwardly but earnestly trying to win the heart of a woman far out of his league. He was a brilliant and diligent young family man who worked two jobs to save enough money to put himself through Harvard Law School. He was a loving father who, having instilled in his children the ideals that brought him and his wife to America—the sense of shared dignity and mutual responsibility—tragically lost his son, an Army captain killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. He was and is a patriot, and a fierce advocate for the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system.

An American Family shows us who Khizr Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

Praise for An American Family

An American Family is a small but lovely immigrant’s journey, full of carefully observed details from the order in which Ghazala served tea at a university event, to the schedule of the police patrols in the Boston Public Garden where Khan briefly slept while he was in between apartments, to the description of Humayun’s headstone as a ‘slab of white marble with soft streaks the color of wood smoke.’”—Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post

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The Pakistani immigrant turned U.S. citizen, Gold Star parent and popular DNC speaker documents the story of his family's pursuit of the American dream, urging readers to respond to today's tumultuous challenges by stepping forward and advocating on behalf of what they find most important.

Publisher: New York :, Random House Publishing Group,, 2017
ISBN: 9780399592508
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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May 25, 2018

I started to cry when I got to the last few pages of this engrossing memoir by this intelligent, elegant son of a poor Pakistani farmer: a man who sometimes went hungry and was even homeless for a time in his long journey here, to America, where he got an LLM at Harvard, his family became American citizens, and one of his sons lost his life saving other American soldiers in a suicide bombing in Iraq. Mr. Khan is an American patriot in the best sense. He has an unshakeable faith in our (and his) country. As Senator McCain has said, "I'd like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: Thank you for immigrating to America. We're a better country because of you....." A must read.

Dec 22, 2017

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The author is such an outstanding man, father, husband, citizen that I am about as impressed with a person as I possibly could be.
He was impressive talking at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 but his life story and how he came to live in the USA and become a citizen are just amazing.
I would encourage everyone to read this book.

Dec 18, 2017

I admire Khizr Khan for his courage and sacrifice in his convictions in believing the US has best way of life. He came from a poor family, eldest of 10 children. His grandparents and parents believe that he would succeed and prepares him for a better life.

The US is a country of immigrants, and it is build on the backs of immigrants that our country wouldn't be where it is today.

To be continued.


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