What are some of your hobbies or talents? I have mediocre

What are some of your hobbies or talents? I have mediocre

11/19/2021, 7:30:59 PM
What are some of your hobbies or talents? I have mediocre skills in various hobbies. I love to sew, but I’m not great at it. I love to bake and decorate desserts, but my decorating skills aren’t great. haha. End of the day, I get a lot of joy out of it and I’ve learned and grown a lot so I’m not losing sleep over my mediocrity. haha. I was recently gifted this copy of “The Thirty Names of Night” by Zeyn Joukhadar from @atriabooks and it came with the beautiful illustration by the author of the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron pictured in the bottom right. I really loved “The Map of Salt and Stars” so I had been eagerly anticipating this next novel by Joukhadar. Between his books and art, Zeyn Joukhadar has so much talent and I’m looking forward to reading this book which is about so many different types of discovery. Synopsis: Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has been unable to paint since his mother’s ghost has begun to visit him each evening. As his grandmother’s sole caretaker, he spends his days cooped up in their apartment, avoiding his neighborhood masjid, his estranged sister, and even his best friend (who also happens to be his longtime crush). The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria. One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America. She famously and mysteriously disappeared more than sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths. In fact, Laila Z’s past is intimately tied to his mother’s—and his grandmother’s—in ways he never could have expected. Even more surprising, Laila Z’s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his own community that he never knew. Realizing that he isn’t and has never been alone, he has the courage to officially claim a new name: Nadir

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