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Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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“A vital, inspiring book.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)
“A brave, extraordinary, heartbreakingly personal story of one woman’s battle for equal rights.... The book provides a rare glimpse into... the hearts and minds of people who live in a society that is mostly off-limits to Westerners. [Al-Sharif's] literary achievement is that despite the huge cultural differences, Daring to Drive shows that Saudi women and men have dreams and fears much like our own.” (Associated Press)
“Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif, whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us.” (Deborah Feldman, New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox)
“An astonishing, humble, truthful book, more illuminating than a hundred newspaper stories on Saudi Arabia. Manal is no Chanel-draped, chauffeur-driven Saudi princess. Her account of why a single working mother’s life compelled her to confront the kingdom’s fiercely patriarchal ways is touching and revealing in equal measure.” (Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad)
“Remarkable.” (Jewish Journal)
“Eye-opening... [and] compelling.”
(Christian Science Monitor)
“A captivating read. Manal al-Sharif refuses to hide her scars, unveiling what she endured and sacrificed to become a professional who has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of tradition.” (Elena Gorokhova, author of Russian Tattoo)
“There are vignettes of laughter and love... [and] glimpses of rich, vibrant Arab life.... A testament to how women in Muslim countries are helping change their culture, one step at a time.” (New York Journal of Books)
“Fascinating, powerful, and heartbreaking... a truly eye-opening read.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“Remarkable. Manal al-Sharif invites us to ride with her to bend the arc of history towards equality and justice.” (Rula Jebreal, international bestselling author of Miral)
“If you’re searching for an inspiring memoir, Daring to Drive should be on your must-read list.” (Bitch Magazine)
“For readers who are unaware of the dirty side of Saudi society, Daring to Drive is an eye-opening account of everything the world has missed.” (Muslim Observer)
“Sure to be a summer best-seller.... A great and empowering story.” (Tallahassee Democrat)
"We can all learn from al-Sharif’s courage and strength; I hope we are the ones who can awaken." (Washington Independent Review of Books)
“Al-Sharif’s transformation from religious radical to feminist champion is incredibly inspiring.” (BookRiot)
“Daring to Drive is an important book.... Al-Sharif tells her story in clear, readable prose... [and] provides readers with unusual insight into what it means to be a woman under Wahhabi.” (Me, You, and Books)
“An intimate look at life for women growing up in Saudi Arabia and the challenges of seeking major social change.” (Booklist)
“If you consider yourself interested in women’s rights or the cultures of other lands, Daring to Drive should be a mandatory addition to your reading list.” (The News Wheel)
“An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Manal al-Sharif is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia who was imprisoned in 2011 for driving a car. She has been lauded by Foreign Policy, Time, Forbes, and the Oslo Freedom Forum. Daring to Drive is her first book.
Top customer reviews
Avoids the hateful rhetoric and acidic bitterness that sometimes pervades the literature of social and civil activism. Al-Sharif is remarkably balanced in her portrayal of people and events. She glosses over none of the harsh realities but nonetheless allows her personal sense of conflict to come through.
It is also an insightful primer on Saudi Arabia and its culture from the 1990s on. It is a narrative that few Americans have heard before and is, again, as balanced as her portrayal of the people she portrays.
Perhaps the most distinguishing quality of the book is the candor and even-handedness with which Al-Sharif presents herself. She is open and candid about who she is and her actions in a way that is difficult for any writer to achieve. That, alone, suggests a very special person.
And a very good book.
I suspect, her self-esteem and life are challenged every single day.
Very inspirational woman whom future generations of Saudis would be proud of.
I can't keep the phrase driving while woman out of my head.
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