Reading Our Lives Writing Our True Stories

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-04-06
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions

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Everyone has a story to tell.  Sometimes they just need some encouragement to start the words flowing. In Adnan Salhi’s thoughtful Reading Our Lives: Writing Our True Stories, the encouragement comes in the form of other students’ stories, told in their own words. Salhi challenged his developmental writing class to write their own histories. He began by writing his own story and sharing it with them. This collection of personal narratives is powerful and affecting; many of Salhi’s students relate their experiences of war, abuse, and extreme poverty before emigrating to the United States.


While any reader would be captivated by the varied stories offered here, this text will be particularly useful for ESL and developmental students in writing and reading classes. The stories have high interest value but a fairly easy vocabulary level, so that even beginning English readers will be able to access them. The tales show students that their peers can overcome enormous challenges, providing inspiration. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this collection will demonstrate to students that they too have important stories to tell and share.

Author Biography

Adnan Salhi is a Reading and Language Instructor at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan. This book grew out of one of his developmental writing classes.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Adnan Salhi v

Betrayed by Adnan Salhi 1

The Mirage by Adnan Salhi 7

Family by Housien Gomah 21

The Beginning of Me by Katrina Hart-Kyser 31

Two Years of My Life by Hani Awazem 41

My Life in Saudi Arabia by Alaa Almasri 49

Two Brothers by Shannon Vick 55

My Numbers by James Bullock 59

From Lebanon to Saudi Arabia by Marwa Faraj 67

Between East and West by Hawra Heshmati 71

The Promise by Amanda Dixon 75

Red Night by Ikram Shaker 89

Dark Days and Sunny Nights by Janae Wright 97

Love for the Game by Tyler Boitnott 107

The ups and Downs in the Life by Mohamad Hijazi 117

of an Arab American

The life of a Young Aspiring Detroiter by De’Andre Wafer 125

Where Do I Belong? by Hussein Awda 129

American Arab Girl by Seena Alsiyaghy 137

Shattered but Not Broken by QuTrell Murray 141

Lost Time Is Never Found Again by Mariam Maatouk 147

The Journey Inside of My Heart by Zeinab Aljebury 155

The Evolution of the Soul by Jaleel Salhi 163

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