How one professor in Iran found courage in books to fight against the regime during the Revolution in Iran. This in turn, gave hope and strength to herself and her students who found their voices in literature.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in her biography, describes her coming of age story as a celebration of triumph over adversity. Surviving civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, escaping forced marriage, to earning a college degree in political science and being elected in to parliament; Ayaan is an advocate for Muslim women's rights, education and freedom of speech.
Half The Sky | Review & Notes
Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide. Vintage Books, 2009. (296 pages) www.halftheskymovement.org, www.facebook.com/kristof, &…
King Leopold's Ghost: Explores the exploitation of the Congo Free State by King Leopold II of Belgium between 1885 and 1908, as well as the atrocities that were committed during that period. The book aims to increase public awareness of crimes committed by European colonial rulers in Africa. It was refused by nine of the ten U.S. publishing houses to which an outline was submitted, but became an unexpected bestseller and won the prestigious Mark Lynton History Prize for literary style.
Girls Like Us ~ Book Review
Girls Like Us is an intense recap of the author's life as a commercially sexually exploited young adult. She went on to establish the organization GEMS to help support other young women who have gone through the same thing and is working to help them get out of the life. An intense read. Powerful memories and heart-breaking stories. Not for the light of heart. Lloyd takes the reader through her own experiences. My heart hurts for her as she recaps what she has been through. She is now…