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The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia—a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace

At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble Alberta hometown to the big city—Calgary—and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. As a child, she escaped a violent household by paging through National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Now she would see those places for real. She backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India and, emboldened by each experience, went on to travel solo across 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 Mogadishu, Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth”—to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout’s fifteen months as a captive, A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her young guards and the men in charge of them. She was kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse. She survived by imagining herself in a “house in the sky,” looking down at the woman shackled below and finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout’s decision, upon her release, to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help the Somali people rebuild their country through education is a wrenching testament to the capacity of the human spirit and an astonishing portrait of the power of compassion and forgiveness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A vivid and moving account of how Amanda kept alive the inner light and the spirit of forgiveness even as she found herself in the heart of darkness.”

    Eckhart Tolle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Beautiful, devastating, and heroic—both a shout of defiance and a humbling call to prayer.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A stunning story of strength and survival. It is sometimes brutal, but always beautiful as Amanda Lindhout discovers that in a fight for her life, her most powerful weapons are hope and compassion.”

    Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With stunning honesty and clarity, Lindhout and Corbett have made certain of two things: No reader will ever forget this book—or be able to put it down.”

    Susan Casey, New York Times bestselling author

  • A House in the Sky shows us the power and importance of perseverance, hope, and forgiveness.”

    David Rohde, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “A great book…The lesson [Amanda Lindhout] taught me and others who know this remarkable young woman is: What matters is not how you got there, but what you do once you’ve arrived.”

    Elle

  • “A poetic, profound, and thrilling exploration of one woman’s misadventure set against the backdrop of global terrorism…Elegant and evocative.”

    Vogue

  • “Exquisitely told…[A House in the Sky] is much more than a gonzo adventure tale gone awry—it’s a young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph…There’s no self-pity or grandiosity in these pages. In the cleanest prose, she and Corbett allow events both horrific and absurd…to unfold on their own. Lindhout’s resilience transforms the story from a litany of horrors into a humbling encounter with the human spirit.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] harrowing, beautifully written memoir….The wide-eyed optimism and unflappable determination that led [Amanda Lindhout] to danger also kept her alive…A brave, compassionate, and inspiring triumph.”

    USA Today (4-star review)

  • “A vivid, gut-wrenching, beautifully written, memorable book.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The choice of Lindhout to narrate her own memoir adds enormous intimacy. She displays control of a broad emotional range, including clear, objective reporting of her torture and deprivation. Her measured pacing and effective use of tone provide immediacy and texture. This ‘can’t-stop-listening’ experience is not to be missed. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • Selected for the September 2013 Indie Next List
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book in September 2013
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2013
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A September 2013 LibraryReads Pick
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