Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

About the Book

A hilarious memoir about growing up Muslim in a household where, according to Zarqa’s father, the Quran says it's okay to eat at McDonald's—but only if you order the McFish Zarqa Nawaz has always straddled two cultures. She's just as likely to be agonizing over which earrings will "pimp out" her hijab as to be flirting with the Walmart meat manager in a futile attempt to secure halal chicken the day before Eid. Little Mosque on the Prairie brought Zarqa's own laugh-out-loud take on her everyday culture clash to viewers around the world. And now, in Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, she tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging stories of being Zarqa in a western society. From explaining to the plumber why the toilet must be within arm's reach of the tap (hint: it involves a watering can and the Muslim obsession with cleanliness "down there") to refusing to use an outhouse for fear of Jinn possession, Zarqa paints an eye-opening—and often eye-rolling—portrait of a proud (if slightly neurotic) Muslim woman.

About the Author

Zarqa Nawaz created Little Mosque on the Prairie. Premiering on CBC TV in 2007, it ran for six seasons, was watched in over sixty countries and landed Zarqa in the public eye. When she wasn’t writing, producing or directing for the show, she spent much of the past seven years writing comedy pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX and touring the world as a sought-after public speaker. She has been interviewed or profiled by CNN, BBC, The New York Times and Al Jazeera. A frequent contributor to CBC Radio's DNTO, Zarqa Nawaz lives in Regina with her loving but long-suffering family.

2015 Book Awards

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