A House in the Sky : A Memoir of a Kidnapping That Changed Everything
|Author:||Amanda Lindhout; Sara Corbett|
The inspiring story of a woman who survived kidnap and being held captive for a year in war-torn Somalia . . . Amanda Lindhout loved to travel. She backpacked around the world, crossing borders, enthralled by what she encountered. This led her to becoming a reporter, working in war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq. In August 2008, she travelled to Somalia - 'the most dangerous place on earth'. Along a dusty road on her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked gunmen. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converted to Islam as a way to survive. Moved between a series of derelict desert houses, she was given 'wife lessons' by one of her captors and kept herself sane by invoking memories of the world she'd experienced before captivity. At her most desperate she'd visit a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being totured. She survived on strategy, fortitude, and hope - and risked everything on a daring escape. Vivid and suspenseful, A House in the Skyis the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity. 'A riveting memoir . . .' Good Housekeeping'A great book . . . The lesson Amanda Lindhout taught me is- What matters is not how you got there, but what you do once you've arrived.' Elle'A profound and thrilling exploration of one woman's misadventure set against the backdrop of global terrorism.' Vogue
Amanda Lindhout is the founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit 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.