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Desert Flower

by Waris Dirie

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

Desert Flower is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.
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 Flower will be published simultaneously in eleven languages throughout the world and is currently being produced as a feature film by Rocket Pictures UK.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.61 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0688172377

ISBN - 13: 9780688172374

Found in: Entertainment and Performing Arts

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read This book was wonderful. Waris' life is truly interesting. I very much liked the fact that although she now an American she still is quite fond of her Somalian heritage despite the horrors that she endured. To Hassan who wrote that she is completely brainwashed by western society you have a lot of nerve to write that. She and every women have every reason to be against genital mutilation. This practice is barbaric and under no circumstance is it okay. You should be truly ashamed for writing that remark because clearly you are a woman hater. Maybe you should do a little research into the horrible effects of female genital mutilation before writing a comment like that. And if you were not referring to her working towards genital mutilation than clearly you did not read the book because she says over and over how much she loved her country and some of its practices. Advice for the future think before you write something so stupid!
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining & Educational I learned all about life as a pastoral nomad; the origin of Frankinsense mentioned in the Bible as one of the gifts to the infant Jesus; the fact that the southern region of Somalia had been colonized by Italy. The most poignant part deals with female circumcision.I could have wept for these girls. Having experienced life in both the East and West, the author ends her story very philosophically. She speaks of the importance of family and community, stating that the most valuable asset of life, other than life itself, is health. Well done! A similar conclusion is echoed in What Goes Around... by Paula Aird.
Date published: 2004-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Desert Flower Easy and entertaining read. Sometimes simple. True story of rags to riches. More focus on the modelling career than on female genital mutilation (fgm). A good read for women interested in womens' issues. Inspiring story of living life and dealing with difficulties.
Date published: 2000-10-21

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Desert Flower

by Waris Dirie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.61 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0688172377

ISBN - 13: 9780688172374

From the Publisher

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

About the Author

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

From Our Editors

Barely in her teens and with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl, Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert to escape the archaic customs of genital mutilation and arranged marriages. This book traces her dramatic and inspiring journey to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model and to America as a Special Ambassador for the United Nations. As well, Desert Flower discusses her current travels around the globe speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women’s reproductive rights and educating people about the Africa she fled.
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