Ariel Sabar: My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

(Memoir, 325 pp. 2008)

Ariel Sabar’s father, Yona, was born in the northern Iraqi village of Zakho, a place so remote that the Kurdish Jews who lived there still spoke the ancient language of Aramaic. Ariel, a journalist who grew up in Los Angeles, investigates his father’s dedication to preserving the stories, traditions, and language of his past.