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Ariel Sabar: My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

(Memoir, 325 pp. 2008)

Ariel Sabar’s father, Yona, was born in the northern Iraqi village of Zakho, a place so remote that the Kurdish Jews who lived there still spoke the ancient language of Aramaic. Ariel, a journalist who grew up in Los Angeles, investigates his father’s dedication to preserving the stories, traditions, and language of his past.

Review with discussion questions from the Jewish Book Council

Book club resources from Ariel Sabar