February 23, 2019
  • 7:01 am Eps. 121: Ayser Salman

Ayser Salman is the author of the new book “The Wrong End of the Table – A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying To Fit In”

Born in Iraq then moving to the states with her family at a young age. Ayser grew up in middle America-more specifically, Kentucky. Her new book is a humorous and interesting take on what it was like growing up, experiencing a feeling of never fitting in, and her own quest to find herself both as a Muslim and as an American in a post 9/11 world.

First comes emigration, then naturalization and finally assimilation as she manages to find her way in American society. As Ayser puts it, “You know that feeling of being at the wrong end of the table? Like you’re at a party but all the good stuff is happening out of earshot? That’s life, especially for an immigrant.”

The book is described as “everything you wanted to know about Arabs but were afraid to ask, as well as the story of every American outsider on a path to find themselves in a country of beautiful diversity”

Full disclosure, Ayser is an old friend of mine whom I have known since the late 80’s. We both moved from Kentucky to go to different film schools. I’ve watched her journey as a writer for a long time and I’m very excited to see her finally see the rewards she so richly deserves.

And while she does not live in the SCV, I thought with the publishing of her book, it would be a great opportunity to sit down and talk to her.
I think you’ll find her to be funny, brilliant and interesting and if you do I recommend you check out her book.

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