“Forty-something years is a long time for someone to feel like an outsider in a nation made up of immigrants.”
Ayser Salman has written a memoir that is both funny and honest. It doesn’t shy away from the stereotypes many people hold about Muslim-Americans, and in fact, she corrects many of them. Since 9/11, the amount of assumptions about this culture of people has been so unbelievably unfair and, I was happy to read a memoir that helps begin a dialogue to address those incorrect thoughts.
As a successful writer, producer, and editor among the Hollywood elite, Salman writes in a relatable way to her audience. I especially loved her open letter to President Trump. Not once in her writing does she disassociate with the greater meaning of America – inclusion, regardless of your background, culture, religion, or beliefs – yet she manages to point out Trump’s hypocrisy and ignorance quite eloquently.
When someone tells you to go back to a place where you belong, they are insinuating that you don’t belong with everyone else. The anti-immigrant sentiment is pretty clear.
The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In is an insightful memoir in to a modern-day Muslim Arab American woman. It’s smart and funny and an important read for all Americans. We belong to each other and America is a better place with the diversity that we each can bring to the table.