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Author: Masih Alinejad Narrator: Linda Henning Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781478913900
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An extraordinary memoir from an Iranian journalist in exile about leaving her country, challenging tradition, and sparking an online movement against compulsory hijab

A photo on Masih’s Facebook page: a woman standing proudly, face bare, hair blowing in the wind. Her crime: removing her veil, or hijab, which is compulsory for women in Iran. This is the self-portrait that sparked ‘My Stealthy Freedom,’ a social media campaign that went viral.

But Masih is so much more than the arresting face that sparked a campaign inspiring women to find their voices. She’s also a world-class journalist whose personal story, told in her unforgettably bold and spirited voice, is emotional and inspiring. She grew up in a traditional village where her mother, a tailor and respected figure in the community, was the exception to the rule in a culture where women reside in their husbands’ shadows. As a teenager, Masih was arrested for political activism and was surprised to discover she was pregnant while in police custody. When she was released, she married quickly and followed her young husband to Tehran where she was later served divorce papers to the shame and embarrassment of her religiously conservative family. Masih spent nine years struggling to regain custody of her beloved only son and was forced into exile, leaving her homeland and her heritage. Following Donald Trump’s notorious immigration ban, Masih found herself separated from her child, who lives abroad, once again.

A testament to a spirit that remains unbroken, and an enlightening, intimate invitation into a world we don’t know nearly enough about, The Wind in My Hair is the extraordinary memoir of a woman who overcame enormous adversity to fight for what she believes in, and to encourage others to do the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] passionate and often riveting memoir…Told poignantly and with a blunt honesty that seems a characteristic of Alinejad’s life and writing, here is a gripping tale that permits us to peek at the inner workings of the Iranian Revolution and consider the question of its health and longevity.”

    New York Times

  • “Alinejad’s experiences make for a compelling and eye-opening read.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • "[Masih’s] descriptions of life as a journalist and activist will captivate readers interested in Iran, international affairs, gender equality, and human rights.”

    Booklist

  • “An intense memoir…Alinejad’s stories of her illustrious career as a groundbreaking journalist challenging the Islamic Republic make for a fascinating narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Provides a timely glimpse behind the Iranian curtain.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With mighty righteousness on her side and bravery in her heart…Alinejad is a flamethrower for the rights of all women who live under the thumb of repression and injustice.”

    Tina Brown, author of The Vanity Fair Diaries

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice of the Week

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About the Author

Masoumeh (Masih) Alinejad-Ghomi was born in 1976 in Ghomikola, Babol. She is an award-winning Iranian journalist, broadcaster, blogger, and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom movement. A 2011 graduate of Oxford Brookes University, she currently reports and presents a weekly TV segment on VOA, called Tablet, where she mixes hard news and satire. She has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Huffington Post, Time magazine, and the Washington Post.

About the Narrator

Linda Henning is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.