The Resource A house in the sky : a memoir of a kidnapping that changed everything, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

A house in the sky : a memoir of a kidnapping that changed everything, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

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A house in the sky : a memoir of a kidnapping that changed everything
Title
A house in the sky
Title remainder
a memoir of a kidnapping that changed everything
Statement of responsibility
Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
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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"--
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2013
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10217184
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Lindhout, Amanda
Dewey number
364.154
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Corbett, Sara
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True
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  • Lindhout, Amanda
  • Political kidnapping
Target audience
adult
Label
A house in the sky : a memoir of a kidnapping that changed everything, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780241003404
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780241003404
  • (OCoLC)851825147
Label
A house in the sky : a memoir of a kidnapping that changed everything, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780241003404
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780241003404
  • (OCoLC)851825147

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