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My mother was from Knoxville, TN and my father was from the country of Jordan in the Middle East. I was born at the Missionary Baptist Hospital in Ajloun, Jordan. I attended a Catholic school in a predominantly Muslim culture. Quite a combination for getting a perspective on life!

 I grew up mostly in Amman Jordan until I went to college. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1978 and in the same year I married an Egyptian and moved to Cairo where I lived for 20 years. I moved back to Knoxville in 1998. I went back to UT and received my master’s in Human Resource Development in 2001 with a teaching concentrate.
I have taught full and part time since, including Austin East High School, Phoenix University, and the last three years at Pellissippi State. I volunteered with Friends of Literacy for four years and volunteered at the Mabara Orphanage in Cairo for 13 years.
The light of my life are my two sons, who now are fathers for my gorgeous three grandchildren. We are closely connected even though one lives in Geneva, Switzerland and the other in Cairo, Egypt. They are truly citizens of the world. I have two brothers who live close by and a sister who still lives in Amman. This makes family reunions a bit difficult but altogether wonderful when they occur. I also have two dogs, Dozer and Dollie, who provide endless love and attention.
In my free time, I enjoy the Opera, theater, dancing, yoga, and meditation. Spending time with my wonderful family and great friends is a must even when I am busy.

Books by Donna J Habib

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  • On Baba's Southern Magnolia: A Jordanian-American Love Story...

    I was astonished how believably, intimately, and authentically the author could write her parents story in the first-person for both of them, including so many rich details to place the reader in the middle of the tale. I did not doubt that every conversation, every observation, and every inner feeling was exactly as Ms. Habib has written them. I know she was aided by her mother's diary, but that can't explain even minute details of her parent's lives, starting with their own births, through their early years, their meeting and falling in love, their marriage, and finally to the sad ending of their lives.

    The story about a young Southern girl moving with her Jordanian husband to a strange land is fascinating, reading about how she adapts to and comes to love her new family, her new country and her new way of life. But, what is most captivating is how the reader is drawn into their minds and hearts as they face cultural differences, health problems, and even war, together. It is truly an inspiring story proving that love can conquer all.

    Cheryl Peyton ~ Author & Member AGT


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