A House in the Sky

A Memoir
Awards:2013-New York Times Bestseller
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Product Number: Z07744
Released: Sep 10, 2013
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ISBN: #9781490601793
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The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world' s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity-- an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began 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 emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia--" the most dangerous place on earth." On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives " wife lessons" from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory-- every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity-- and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured. Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.


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A House in the Sky
Product Number: BX00028788
Product Number:C02888
Product Number:Z07744

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ISBN: #9781490601571
ISBN: #9781470398668
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Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781451645620

Professional reviews

"Craving travel and excitement, young Canadian Amanda Lindhout embarked on a career as a freelance journalist. But her adventures came to a terrifying halt in Somalia when she and a friend were kidnapped. With writer Sara Corbett, Lindhout has written an account of her 460 days as a hostage, telling a harrowing story that demonstrates her courage, tenacity, and resilience. The choice of Lindhout to narrate her own memoir adds enormous intimacy. She displays control of a broad emotional range, including clear, objective reporting of her torture and deprivation. Her measured pacing and effective use of tone provide immediacy and texture. This "can't-stop-listening" experience is not to be missed. M.O.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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