Part 1: Growing Up

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
267 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2014
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Author Biography

Raji (Roger) Abuzalaf is a Palestinian American.

He was born in Kuwait in 1956, and was raised in Houston, Texas in the 60's and 70's.

He now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His professional career was spent as a Computer Consultant. He worked as a programmer, analyst, designer, architect, and project manager.

He began writing songs in 1968 and has played in several bands.

He has published an album of original Christmas songs - "Road To Bethlehem".

He has co-authored a Bible-based play - "My Two Sons" - based on the parable of the prodigal son.

He has authored a children's book - "The Adventures of Fugaru".

He has authored an autobiography - "Expat" (Parts 1 - 4).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Expat - Part 1: Growing Up by Raji Abuzalaf is the true story of an American expatriate. The author takes us through a journey of his life chronologically. This volume contains his memories from birth to his growing up years. The author speaks about his life at home, school, his love life and years of growing up as an expatriate. The book has romance, adventure, and music with the experiences of the author narrated in a light manner to make it breezy and playful. The antics of the author in a foreign land will warm your heart.

The book takes us on a great trip. The author speaks about every small experience in his life, right from the start. The narration of incidents and experiences are informal and friendly. It makes readers relate to the incidents and the experiences of the author very well. The author has even managed to share the smallest details with readers. The lessons learned as an expatriate are educational and informative as well. The lyrics in the book reveal the author's passion for music which, according to him, was his constant companion and allowed him to express his dreams, fears, and desires.

The author has captured his growing up years in another country very well. We see the author till he completes his high school in this autobiography. I enjoyed the trip. It is not only informative but it also gives an insight about living in another country. Since it ends at the high school level, I cannot wait to read the next book.