“The Wrong End of the Table is an insightful and enjoyable look at one of the most contested and misunderstood minorities in America today: Muslims. Through her own life story, Ayser Salman uses her experiences to distill not just Islam, but also the impact religion and culture have on how we interact and understand the world around us. What emerges is that rare voice that is both relatable and unafraid to examine the complexities of her American identity— as a minority, an immigrant, and a woman.”
—Reza Aslan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
"Romantic struggles and strict immigrant parents inform a journey toward self-acceptance in this fast-paced, funny memoir by an Iraqi-born film editor and producer. . . . The chronological structure wears away as Salman gets older, leaving space for philosophical musings and slices of life: a heartfelt open letter to President Trump, a questioning of her Muslim practice, and a meditation on how long Iraqis take to say goodbye. . . . Always funny, this enjoyable and heartfelt book is great for a plane, the beach, or a free afternoon."
"Laced in her offbeat takes about immigrant life, dating, and measuring up to her parents’ demands are vivid descriptions of what it is like to be a Muslim in America, including a letter to President Trump begging him not to turn the country she loves into the Iraq she left behind. Humorous and heartfelt, Salman’s story reflects the best—and worst—that her new country has to offer an outsider."
"Ayser Salman’s writing crackles with humor and insight. . . . Her hilarious, thought provoking, and insightful book should be required reading for President Donald Trump. Maybe someone on his staff could tweet him the chapters.”
—Matt Williams , writer, television producer, and creator of Home Improvement
“Ayser writes with such wittiness, you can’t help but be drawn into her hilarious yet deeply informative and moving personal account. A timely memoir and welcome antidote to fear and division."
—Amir Ahmad Nasr, author of My Isl@m
"Ayser Salman has written an important book, especially pertinent in today’s political climate, and has done so with humor and heart.”
—Cathy Ladman, comedian, actor, and writer, I’m Dying up Here