An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

9 CDs. 11:18 hrs. Books on Tape. Oct. 2017. ISBN 9780525524007. $40. digital download. MEMOIR
Khan relates the journey he and his family undertook from Pakistan to America. He tells of separations and sacrifice to achieve the goal supporting his family and living in freedom. The oldest child of Pakistani farmers, Khan worked hard to become a lawyer in Pakistan. During that time, he became intrigued by the U.S. Constitution. The Khans settled in Texas and Khan eventually attended Harvard. The couple had three sons, one of whom entered the U.S. Army after serving in ROTC through college. Humayun Khan became a captain and was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004. Khan eloquently paints a picture of a parent's grief and the measures the family took to cope with that loss. The Khans, Khizr and his wife, Ghazala, were asked to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Long an admirer of Ronald Reagan and John McCain, Khan accepted the invitation. As head of a patriotic American Muslim family, Khan expressed his unhappiness with the current divisiveness of the United States and his hope that Americans would revere and honor the Constitution, promising freedom of religion and of speech.
VERDICT This thoughtful book is an excellent read for anyone concerned about the increasing polarization of America. ["Khan's depiction of his family's loss serves as a poignant reminder of what military families sacrifice in service to their country, which the Khans have done with exemplary stoicism and grace": LJ 10/15/17 review of the Random hc.]
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