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A House in the Sky
by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett


Overview - Amanda Lindhout reads her 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Amanda Lindhout reads her 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781442367548
  • ISBN-10: 1442367547
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 11


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A captive finds hope in the struggle

In August 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped by Somali militants and held for ransom. It was 460 days before she and her Australian companion Nigel Brennan were released. A House in the Sky, written with Sara Corbett, is her account of what she endured—and how she endured it. It’s a powerful story of captivity, survival and human resilience, told with honesty and clarity and without tabloid-esque hype. Amanda puts herself in context—her rough childhood in rural Canada, her years of backpacking in more than 50 countries, the desire to make it as a photojournalist that led to her naive, dangerous decision to go to Mogadishu. As reality becomes a living hell, she maintains her sanity by going inside herself, rallying strength from the good she had known, and finding a deeper humanity than she knew she had. Hearing Amanda’s voice as she reads makes it all more immediate, more moving and more redemptive.

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