Canada, history, hostages, international terrorism, Islam, Journalists, photographers, sexual abuse, Somalia, torture
Be forewarned – this book can cause disrupted sleep. An avid traveler/cocktail waitress/intrepid spirit/naive backpacker focused on accumulating countries that she’d only read about as a child in the National Geographic makes the decision to enter Somalia in 2008. A must read memoir. Harrowing content, guaranteed page-turner, a book you will not forget.
“A vivid, gut-wrenching, beautifully written, memorable book…” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A well-honed, harrowing account…” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Exquisitely told…[A House in the Sky] is much more than a gonzo adventure tale gone awry—it’s a young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph….There’s no self-pity or grandiosity in these pages. In the cleanest prose, she and Corbett allow events both horrific and absurd…to unfold on their own. Lindhout’s resilience transforms the story from a litany of horrors into a humbling encounter with the human spirit.” (Eliza Griswold The New York Times Book Review)
“This is one of the most powerfully-written books I have ever read. Harrowing, hopeful, graceful, redeeming and true, it tells a story of inhumanity and humanity that somehow feels deeply ancient and completely modern. It is beautiful, devastating and heroic—both a shout of defiance and a humbling call to prayer.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things)