Here from the ‘other’ Washington, where she founded a food zine, The Runcible Spoon and co-founded the D.C. Art Book Fair, is Malaka Gharib with a thoroughly engaging graphic memoir, I Was Their American Dream (Clarkson Potter). This book beautifully - and literally - illustrates the ways Malaka Gharib had to navigate cultures growing up, both within the Filipino and Egyptian families she was born into, along with the larger, ‘whiter’ milieu she came of age within.
“I Was Their American Dream is a pure and utter delight. With both a deft lightness and a deep poignancy, Malaka Gharib perfectly captures the feeling of growing up—of being a child of immigrants, of being a woman of color, of being thrown in the mix between cultures, of love, of family—with nostalgia, humor, and heart. Her words and illustrations are wittily observed and emotional in equal measure, able to draw a laugh and a tear over the span of a single page. I Was Their American Dream is a portrait of growing up in America, and a portrait of family, that pulls off the feat of being both intimately specific and deeply universal at the same time. I adored this book.”—Jonny Sun.
Co-presented by Short Run and Elliott Bay Book Company.