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Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim

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Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim is a road trip romp about the 3 F’s; friends, family, and fried food. Join us as we chat about this Pakistani-American spin on coming-of-age. (transcript)


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In today’s episode…


Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim follows a trio of friends on a summer road trip. Mariam, Ghaz, and Umar travel from New Jersey to New Orleans and have a flurry of that ventures and detours along the way. It’s a Pakistani-American spin on an old trope and a great addition to your summer reading list.


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Episode highlights…



*1:21 We love Sheba Karim’s character development

*5:25 Mariam struggles as a vegetarian in the South

*6:47 Adhan at a Tennessee Diner


“Think of every road trip book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen. All the main characters had some sort of personal journey, discover something about themselves, or undergo some reckoning, experience some life changing event.” – Ghaz, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road


Things We Like a Latte

Leila: Going to therapy. If you want to find a therapist near you, this a good place to start

Danielle: Ocean’s 8, and homemade basil-blackberry ice cream, inspired by episode 12 on Siobhan Vivian’s “Stay Sweet



*14:36 A panel on LGBTQ issues, with no respresentation

*16:45 Mariam’s personal journey

*18:39 The trio meets Sylvia

*21:41 Karaoke with Mohammed and Hank Williams Jr.


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Host: Danielle Hall (who blogs at

Guest & Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon


Thank you to HarperCollins for the review copy of this book. 

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