DIY Book Clubs

Are you in a book club? Would you like to start one? We have everything you need to host your own book club, from the discussion questions to recipes you can make and serve your fellow members. Follow the links below.

We’ll also be holding several book discussions and events online during February 2021. Please join us! You’ll find details on our Events page.

Your Discussion:

Author Biography – Abdi Nor Iftin

Revised Discussion Questions for Call Me American

Call Me American Critical Reviews

Background on Somalia

Food for Your Meeting:

For a taste of Somalian food similar to what Abdi grew up with, check out Blue Star Café at 1619 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee’s only Somalian restaurant. The food is inexpensive, and portions are generous. Prepare for an onslaught of the scents of cumin, cinnamon, cloves and more, depending on what you order.

The menu can be found at DoorDash. You can also call in your order for carryout or curbside pickup. (Note: Street parking can be hard to find, but orders should be ready at the agreed-upon pickup time.)

The photos here show a few of the items sampled recently. The owners are also coming up with a sampler platter, allowing customers to try a variety of menu items in smaller portions, which they will offer throughout February. Details will be posted here and on the Facebook page later on.

Chicken Suqaar sandwich: The chicken suqaar sandwich features large chunks of flavorful chicken in a hearty sandwich that could easily be shared. (Beware the green sauce – it’s mighty hot.)

Crepes: Large crepes (two per order) are available with various fillings: chicken, beef, salmon, tilapia, veggie.

Veggie crepes: Veggie crepes are packed with a mildly flavored mix of spinach, potato, peas, corn and carrots.

Tilapia crepes: Spiced tilapia fillets, red peppers, onions and potato fill these crepes.

Hummus: Blue Star’s silky hummus comes attractively garnished even for carryout and accompanied by homemade pita breads.

Sambusas trio: The flaky pockets known as sambusas are a steal at $1.50 each, filled with your choice of shredded chicken, ground beef or vegetables.

Sambusa (veggie): Veggie sambusas include spinach, corn, peas, carrot and onion.

Sambusa (chicken): Chicken sambusas are packed with a sweet filling of shredded chicken.

Goat platter: The Tender Goat platter lives up to its name. Note, there are bones to remove before you tuck in. The flavorful meat comes over a bed of basmati rice or pasta and is topped with sautéed red peppers and raisins.

Drinks: Beverages include a refreshing watermelon juice drink and the fruit-flavored British soda, Vimto.