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Paul M. BarrettCuriel…focuses not so much on the personal stories or sociology of Muslims and Arabs in America as he does on the myriad aspects of American culture that have been influenced by them. His message: When transplanted to American shores, Middle Eastern culture and Islam aren't nearly so foreign or forbidding as portrayed by demagogues and politicians. Al' America offers a quirky tour of sites, sounds and personalities that are quintessentially American and also reveal fascinating vestiges of Islamic and Arab influence…Curiel reports with [a] light, bemused tone that makes the book a pleasurable read. The author's intent here is pure; his eye for telling detail, sharp.
—The Washington Post