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The Resource A house in the sky : a memoir, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

A house in the sky : a memoir, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

Label
A house in the sky : a memoir
Title
A house in the sky
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia--a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble Alberta hometown to the big city--Calgary--and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. As a child, she escaped a violent household by paging through National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Now she would see those places for real. She backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each experience, went on to travel solo across Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a TV reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth"--to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted. An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout's fifteen months as a captive, A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," looking down at the woman shackled below, and finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout's decision, upon her release, to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help the Somali people rebuild their country through education is a wrenching testament to the capacity of the human spirit and an astonishing portrait of the power of compassion and forgiveness"--
  • "The spectacularly dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her to the world's most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity--a beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and grace. At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble hometown to the big city and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth"--to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted. A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of Lindhout's young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to horrific abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout's decision to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help educate Somali people women is a moving testament to the power of compassion and forgiveness"--
Summary
Absolutely gripping, harrowing and unforgettable! This well-written memoir is a true testament to the strength of one woman’s spirit and her will to survive in unimaginable circumstances. The family issues that led Amanda Lindhout from her home in Canada to a life of world travel and a career in journalism are as richly detailed and compelling as the brutal account of her fifteen month-long captivity by Somali Islamist rebels in 2008. She tells her story with such vulnerability and honesty that it is a privilege to read it. -- Mary Coe for LibraryReads
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2013
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
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  • Provided by publisher
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Biography type
autobiography
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10217184
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 070.92
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN4913.L495
LC item number
A3 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Target audience
adult
Label
A house in the sky : a memoir, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/1247/606/9781451645606/image/lgcover.9781451645606.jpg
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
5638965
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9781451645613
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2013016015
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn816512740
  • (OCoLC)816512740
Label
A house in the sky : a memoir, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/1247/606/9781451645606/image/lgcover.9781451645606.jpg
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
5638965
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9781451645613
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2013016015
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn816512740
  • (OCoLC)816512740

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