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A House in the Sky

A Memoir
Lindhout, Amanda (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"The 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Lindhout, Amanda
Title: A house in the sky
a memoir
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "The 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Additional Contributors: Corbett, Sara
ISBN: 9781451645606
1451645600
9781451645613
1451645619
Statement of Responsibility: Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Subject Headings: Lindhout, Amanda Journalists Canada Biography Hostages Somalia Biography Somalia History 1991- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs. bisacsh BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women. bisacsh BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political. bisacsh
Topical Term: Journalists
Hostages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Personal Memoirs
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Women
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Political
LCCN: 2013016015
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A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Heroic and exhausting at the same time - this is how I would describe the character and events in the true story of Amanda Lindhout, a budding journalist/photographer who travels into Somalia for a news story, is kidnapped for ransom, and finally is set free some 400 days later. On each and every written page Amanda shows the reader how truly amazing the human spirit is and what the body can endure despite loneliness, torture, malnourishment, and extreme conditions.
Ms. Lindhout begins her book by describing the dysfunctional Alberta home she grows up in, the escape she realizes once she begins to travel abroad as an adult, and the many and varied life experiences the world affords her. But then she makes that one critical mistake - to trust in those with extreme desperation in a war-torn country. Her saving grace is the joy she finds in the everyday and ultimately, the will to forgive her captors and move forward to help the very citizens of Somalia.
I hear they are going to make a movie about her experiences in A House in the Sky; I'd very much recommend you not wait till that comes out - instead, pick up this novel from the library for your next summer read."

Jun 05, 2014
  • spudwil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. Couldn't put it down.

Apr 28, 2014
  • kelly1980 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What a harrowing ordeal. Well recounted.

Mar 30, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had heard Amanda speak about her ordeals prior to reading the book, so I didn't find much new or surprising in the book, but I liked it better than I expected.

Mar 28, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Some readers have found the background details of the book describing the author's life as a kid growing up and a young woman attempting to find her place in society, boring, unwanted, or unneeded. But I see that background detail as illustrating how a fairly ordinary person when faced with extraordinary circumstances, can somehow reach previously unrealized levels of bravery and strength. It illustrates the power of the human spirit and tells of the choices we all make, most of us in much less newsworthy circumstances, between adding more hate to the world, or rising above and adding more forgiveness and understanding to the world.

This is an amazing book about strength, guts, determination and survival. Once captured Amanda goes through incredible abuse physical, mental, and emotional. It is beyond me how she survived the daily abuse heaped on her. A superb read and one that will stay with you for a while. Unforgettable - a true story that will make you want to reflect on the treatment of humans, especially women, by other humans. In addition this book is really well written, a page turner. And she still has found space in her heart to help those who abused her. This is one incredible woman!

Feb 26, 2014
  • Safariluv03 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This memoir may give you nightmares. The suffering Lindhout endures at the hands of her Somali captors is very difficult to read. My heart hurt for her while flipping page after page of physical and psychological torture and gang rape inflicted upon her. I would recommend it to anyone who can stand to read such unpleasant topics because the book is full of positivity and compassion even in the face of evil. The only reason I didn't give it a full five stars was because the beginning of the book about her childhood and first dozen or so trips really weren't pertinent to the story we all opened this book to learn about.

Feb 12, 2014
  • richibi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amanda Lindhout has transdormed her horrid ordeal into a poem, her harrowing story is beautifully told, full of grace, in the telling as well as in its metaphors, no one should undergo the horror she endured from apparently unconscionable fundamentalist monsters, but she has forgiven them, and bent herself to philanthropic work to give a more positive direction to her recovery, she is a model of the kind of person we should all be, but too often aren't, though there is no better existential solution, modesty and the hope of, not ever vengeance, but, grace, restorative and cleansing

Feb 06, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amanda Lindhout was a bright and curious young woman wanting to make a name for herself as a "freelance journalist". Although having been warned of the dangers of such a dangerous place, Amanda remained faithful to her decision. On her fourth day in Somalia she's abducted by masked men and held hostage for 460 days. This is a true story of deep inner strength and great courage. A page- turner for sure.

Feb 03, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The beginning of this book tells in detail Amanda's childhood and life up to the time she was captured, I found that part to be a little boring. I would recommend this book.

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