Tuesday, June 11th @ 6:30 pm - Publication Party! Alan Eisenstock discusses and signs "Love Thy Neighbor"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Alan Eisenstock to the store to discuss and sign Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America, a book he co-wrote with Ayaz Virji on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:30 pm. This will be his publication party and all are welcome to attend! Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
A powerful true story about a Muslim doctor's service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming our country's climate of hostility and fear.
In 2013, Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a town of 1,400 in Minnesota, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the reliably blue, working-class county swung for Donald Trump. Virji watched in horror as his children faced anti-Muslim remarks at school and some of his most loyal patients began questioning whether he belonged in the community.
Virji wanted out, but in 2017, just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, a local pastor invited him to speak at her church and address misconceptions about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a well-attended lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state while giving Virji a new vocation that he never would have expected.
In Love Thy Neighbor, Virji relates this story in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.
Alan Eisenstock, award-winning and best-selling author, has written fifteen books and has co-authored Hang Time with Elgin Baylor, The Handoff with John "JT the Brick" Tournour, I'm Not Gonna Lie with George Lopez, and Just a Guy with Bill Engvall. He has also written the nonfiction narratives Raiders!, The Kindergarten Wars, Ten on Sunday, and Sports Talk. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
Ayaz Virji is a family physician practicing in Dawson, Minnesota. In addition to his 14 years of medical practice, Dr. Virji has authored several peer-reviewed scientific publications and one patent, and he studies comparative religion in his free time. He continues to present his "Love Thy Neighbor" lectures in schools, libraries, community centers, places of worship, colleges, and universities throughout the country.
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