You can see Susan Muaddi Darraj accept her American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for A Curious Land: Stories from Home on C-Span Book TV. In this clip, Muaddi Darraj speaks of the misunderstandings Americans have concerning Palestinian people and culture. She said her book was in large part a response to deepening and expanding understanding of the complexities of the Palestinian people. She said, "In order to improve the narrative you need to seize the narrative." And that is what she has done with this remarkable collection of linked short stories.