Growing up, Ali Hassan was a chameleon. His friends came from many different backgrounds and religions—Trinidadian, Parsi, Goan, Hindu, Christian, Sikh. And as a hockey-playing, Crock-Pot–using young man who also knew the words to at least ten Blue Rodeo songs, he could blend in everywhere. But the world has a funny way of reminding you who you are, and Hassan’s Muslim Pakistani family and community did, too.
In this heartfelt and funny memoir, based on his hit stand-up comedy, Hassan shares his lifelong journey to becoming a “cultural Muslim”—learning to walk the line of embracing his heritage while following his passions and being true to himself. From failing to learn Arabic—or much of anything—in Sunday school and visiting family in Pakistan who mocked him relentlessly, to discovering the wonders of pepperoni as a teenager and being a celebrity judge at Ribfest, he finds himself in compromising situations that challenge his beliefs and identity.
Now, as a father of four, he has to answer his children’s questions and try to explain his point of view. But he can’t just “give them” an identity as a cultural Muslim. Sharing his story is the next best thing.
With the perfect blend of humour and insight, Is There Bacon in Heaven? explores the deep need to belong that exists in everyone.
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“He had me at bacon—Ali Hassan has written perhaps the funniest and most heartfelt Canadian memoir yet.”
— RICK MERCER
“I already knew that Ali Hassan is funny and thoughtful and charming; now I can add a talented author to that list. What a wonderful book! The pleasure of a beautifully written memoir mixed with the compassionate, intelligent humour that is always Ali’s trademark. And the food—someday I will get Ali to make me a meal. Until then I will just have to reread this book.”
— AURORA BROWNE, actress and comedian, Baroness von Sketch Show
“Laugh-out-loud funny and filled with so much heart. Ali Hassan hooked me in with his honest and charming approach to all of life’s ups and downs. His story really resonated with me and I couldn’t stop smiling while reading it.”
— ANDREW PHUNG, award-winning actor and star of Run the Burbs and Kim’s Convenience
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