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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

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Publisher Comments:

Waris Dirie leads a double life — by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to leave behind. Desert Flower,her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the beauty of African life, the chaotic existence of a supermodel, or the joys of new motherhood.

Waris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who engaged in such ancient and antiquated customs as genital mutilation and arranged marriage. At twelve, she fled an arranged marriage to an old man and traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu — the first leg of an emotional journey that would take her to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model, and eventually to America, where she would find peace in motherhood and humanitarian work for the U.N.

Today, as Special Ambassador for the U.N., she travels the world speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women's reproductive rights, and educating people about the Africa she fled — but still deeply loves.

Desert Flowerwill be published simultaneously in eleven languages throughout the world and is currently being produced as a feature film by Rocket Pictures UK.

Synopsis:

Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.

Synopsis:

Dramatic, humorous, and uplifting, this international bestseller offers a self-portrait of a courageous woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty. "From the deserts of Somalia to the world of high fashion, (Dirie) battles oppression and emerges a real champion."--Elton John. of photos.

About the Author

An internationally recognized supermodel, Waris Dirie is a United Nations special ambassador who travels the world as an articulate and passionate advocate of human rights. She served as United Nations special ambassador for the elimination of FGM. She has since established the Desert Flower Foundation to advance womens rights in Africa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688172374
Subtitle:
The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad
Author:
Dirie, Waris
Author:
by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller
Author:
Miller, Cathleen
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Women in politics
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Women social reformers
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Dirie, Waris
Subject:
Women social reformers - Somalia
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Number:
1st Quill ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
no. 00-4314-S
Publication Date:
20110315
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.22x6.01x.64 in. .63 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Africa » Somalia
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Product details 240 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780688172374 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.
"Synopsis" by , Dramatic, humorous, and uplifting, this international bestseller offers a self-portrait of a courageous woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty. "From the deserts of Somalia to the world of high fashion, (Dirie) battles oppression and emerges a real champion."--Elton John. of photos.
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