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The New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most remote places and then into fifteen months of captivity: “Exquisitely told…A young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph” (The New York Times Book Review).

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, 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 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.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is “a searingly unsentimental account. Ultimately it is compassion—for her naïve younger self, for her kidnappers—that becomes the key to Lindhout’s survival” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2013
September 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Canada
SIZE
5.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Shirl78 ,

A House In The Sky

An unbelievable story of survival in this day and age, in a ravaged country where it is unimaginable for most of us to even grasp. How you managed to keep the strength that you did...you are an amazing person Amanda, and so glad that somehow with the utmost of strength you were able to survive this ordeal. This story needs to be told. How you were able to forgive is truly amazing!!

Darryl McCulley ,

A House in the Sky

A tremendous story of courage triumphing over evil. Congrats Amanda I am in awe.

Sarah8710 ,

Amazing

Brilliantly written, heart wrenching account of events. I admire Amanda's strength and determination despite the incredible trauma she experienced.

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