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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
My Chosen Words: Memories of a Professional Immigrant Woman is a work of non-fiction written in the memoir style by author Ferial Imam Haque, Ph.D. From her parental roots in British India to a contented life as a retired scientist in Ottawa, Canada, the author proves that perseverance against adversity produces results, and hard work can bring triumph over time. This memoir chronicles the incredible story of an immigrant woman battling discrimination as well as the challenges of being a wife and mother, to her rise through educational milestones and into an impressive professional career in the male-dominated world of science.
Author Ferial Imam Haque has produced an important and empowering episodic tale of life’s many twists and turns, and she is living proof that wherever you start out on the game board, you can still win if you fight for it. I enjoyed the many different layers which are woven into her heartfelt story, but the most inspiring for me was the inclusion of discrimination and the real experiences of immigrants coming to new countries and pushing to succeed. The fact that Haque, through her work, has redefined the image of female immigrants and uplifted their professional aspirations is ground-breaking, and the narrative tone of the work reflects this spirit of empowerment on every page. Readers who are seeking role models throughout this cross-section of proposed sociocultural disadvantage will find themselves totally inspired and in safe, guiding hands. I would definitely recommend My Chosen Words as an eye-opening memoir for one and all.