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A House in the Sky: A Memoir Paperback – June 17, 2014

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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

“Lindhout manages to tell her story and to transcend it. Her account stands as a nonfiction companion to Emma Donoghue’s shattering, haunting novel about captivity, Room.” -- Emily Bazelon, Slate

“A poetic, profound, and thrilling exploration of one woman’s misadventure set against the backdrop of global terrorism…Elegant and evocative.” -- Rebecca Johnson, Vogue

A great book…The lesson [Amanda Lindhout] taught me and others who know this remarkable young woman is: What matters is not how you got there, but what you do once you’ve arrived.” -- Robert Draper, ELLE

“[A] harrowing, beautifully written memoir….The wide-eyed optimism and unflappable determination that led [Amanda Lindhout] to danger also kept her alive…A brave, compassionate and inspiring triumph.” -- Korina Lopez, USA Today (4-star review)

“A riveting memoir…”, Good Housekeeping

A searingly unsentimental account…Ultimately, it is compassion—for her naïve younger self, for her kidnappers—that becomes the key to [Lindhout’s] survival.” -- Holly Morris, O, the Oprah magazine

“Keenly observed and sprinkled with arresting details, A House in the Sky is more than one woman’s heartbreaking tale of captivity. The book sheds light on a conflict area not often painted with nuance. It dares to explore the outer reaches of human empathy. A stunning, haunting, and redemptive read, Lindhout’s story is one that stays with you long after the book has been closed.” -- Grace Bello, The Christian Science Monitor

“An elegant and wrenching memoir…”, The Daily Beast

“[A] remarkably keen-eyed, honest, and radiant memoir…Moving and informative reading for everyone.” -- Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

About the Author

Amanda Lindhout is the founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports development, aid, and education initiatives in Somalia and Kenya. For more information, visit AmandaLindhout.com and GlobalEnrichmentFoundation.com.

Sara Corbett is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. Her work has also appeared in National Geographic; Elle; Outside; O, The Oprah Magazine; Esquire; and Mother Jones.

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  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1451645619
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1451645613
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.38 inches
  • Publisher : Scribner; Reprint Edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 2,410 ratings

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