Coming to Astoria: An Immigrant's Tale

The third edition of Coming to Astoria is a collection of essays providing insight into growing up in a new land, an abusive home and some of the culture from the Middle East.Coming to Astoria takes the reader on a journey of self discovery which is humorous, entertaining, and educational This is a fascinating human interest story filled with poignant memories about growiThe third edition of Coming to Astoria is a collection of essays providing insight into growing up in a new land, an abusive home and some of the culture from the Middle East.Coming to Astoria takes the reader on a journey of self discovery which is humorous, entertaining, and educational This is a fascinating human interest story filled with poignant memories about growing up in a working class neighborhood in Astoria, New York.
Coming to Astoria An Immigrant s Tale The third edition of Coming to Astoria is a collection of essays providing insight into growing up in a new land an abusive home and some of the culture from the Middle East Coming to Astoria takes t

  • Title: Coming to Astoria: An Immigrant's Tale
  • Author: Omar Kiam O.M. Kiam
  • ISBN: 9781481225533
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Coming to Astoria is an auto-biography by an Arab immigrant whose family was displaced as the result of the creation of the modern borders of Israel in 1948. The author's family and many like them, who had lived peacefully alongside their Jewish neighbors for centuries, chose to leave Palestine and, in this case, move to Jordan due to the violence between the surrounding Arab nations and the new Jewish State.Please note: I am not an expert on the history of the many wars and the culture of terro [...]

    2. Omar, son of a Palestinian family, was born in Jordan after his family fled there during one of the wars between Palestine and Israel. Omar said there never was any trouble between the Palestinians and Israelis until other Arab nations decided that Israel shouldn’t exist. This story is based on facets of Omar’s life from his few younger years in Jordan until his father obtained a working visa to enter the United States. Two years later he was able to finance his family’s coming over. Most [...]

    3. Sweet and honest story of a middle-eastern boy adapting to and growing up in America. Would recommend for anyone who's curious about what it's like growing up in a typical arab house.

    4. Interesting StoryAlthough this book was a spur of the moment acquisition, I don't regret reading it. Growing up in a completely different environment, it was eye opening to read this gentleman's story. A Moslem immigrant in the northeastern part of the U.S. with a large family is very different from everything I know. Yet it was told so very matter of fact, and with an understanding that the reader could visualize and understand what he's went through to become the American adult he is today. Go [...]

    5. This book seemed like a hastily written blog post or high school essay. The author himself berates his own book in the epilogue.I had purchased this book for a few bucks on Kindle after talking to author a bit on GR. He was a very pleasant man with a sense of humor.His book portrays none of that. He calls his story "an immigrant's tale" but it barely passes as such. He did come here from Jordan, true, but so little of the story had to with what it was like to be an immigrant in NY in the 70s. It [...]

    6. This is the tale of a boy whose family immigrated to Astoria from Jordan, after being displaced from Palestine. The author spoke of many incidents from his youth and told of a difficult family relationship. There were many antics described which left me wondering why they were not punished. For example, he wrote of driving a car on the beach in Daytona, smoking marijuana and being surrounded by police who ended up arresting the fellow who was driving-seems he was a drug dealer, but the police le [...]

    7. This is a humorous coming to age account of a boy from Palestine, whose family was displaced to Jordan and then emigrated to the USA. Omar Kiam certainly has a very distinctive voice and I enjoyed reading his journey from boyhood. Kiam’s narrative reminded me little of Paul Theroux. His honesty and detail made the read compelling.With the ever-present influence of his parents Omar and his siblings grow up and go their way. Omar’s account of shoe shining and his brush with shoplifting was ver [...]

    8. This was a delightful easy read. It wasn't particularly well-written but it has the bones to be a great novel. The author talk about his time becoming an American. He tells of a time when he stayed with relatives in Ohio and discussed what he learned by saying "It was an eye opening experience." I would have like to have known the specific eye opening experiences. Omar has an interesting story to tell about all his adventures being from a large disconnected immigrant family with emotionally negl [...]

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