Jacob Shamsian
September 05, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When Ebrahim was a boy, his father killed a rabbi and helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing from his prison cell. The radical Muslim community in which Ebrahim was raised expected him to follow in his dad’s footsteps, but he rejected that fate. In his powerful, affecting memoir (written with former EW deputy editor Jeff Giles), he says, ”My father lost his way — but that didn’t stop me from finding mine.” A-

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