Composing Temple Sunrise


In Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer’s Block at Burning Man: A Memoir, the American musician Hassan El-Tayyab chronicles momentous chapters in his life, which include a cross-country trip and his first experience of the Burning Man festival. Readers should be aware that the book has some adult content.

In this work of literary nonfiction, Hassan talks about trials he has overcome, such as a cleft pallet and lip, a devastating break-up, and struggles within his family; throughout his journey, Hassan’s loss and disappointment turns into growth and discovery. The strength of Hassan’s writing is that he does not just tell his story, but he shows it, and his words paint a nicely illustrated memoir.


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