Friday, March 5, 2010

THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I'VE READ THIS YEAR



The most important book I've read this year is INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This memoir moved me beyond words. Powerful is an understatement. I have had my eyes opened to the truly horrific conditions of millions of girls and women worldwide. I am moved to DO SOMETHING to help change the lives of these people.

It was the March selection for my book club. I started it not expecting to be moved like I was, but reading it out of obligation to the book club. From the very beginning, I was introduced to a world I didn't know exist. It was almost like reading science fiction. Over and over again, I was forced to confront the horrors of oppression and poverty in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia.

Then, I was moved to tears by the generosity of the Dutch people to refugees and the determination of the author to change her life so that she could work to change the lives of others.

If you haven't read this book, you should.

GET IT.

READ IT.

PASS IT ON.

What book(s) have rocked your world? How have you found them? What's your book club reading?

6 comments:

  1. I have the book, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I will on your recommendation!

    xo,

    Sheila :-)

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  2. Sounds exactly like the type of book I would want to read. The "justice seeker" part of my personality likes these types of stories.

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  3. Thank you, Fiona, I will do just that. Next week when I'm in Paris, I'll look in W.H. Smith.

    I'll take a quick look down your right column before I go. I'm just finishing Motherless Brooklyn and need several new books.

    Warm regards,
    Tish

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  4. Sheila, I think you'll find it interesting.

    Shelly, the "justice seeker" in you will cry for the pain the author experiences and sees, and rejoice with her ability to combat the causes of those experiences.

    Tish, How is MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN? It's in my TBR pile.

    PARIS? Lucky you. I've never been to Paris, but it's on my dream list.

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  5. I'll put it on my "to read." list. We're somewhat familiar with these situations as our son and daughter-in-law have adopted children from both Ethiopia and Rwanda.

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  6. Troutbirder,
    Your son and daughter-in-law must have a beautiful family.

    I hope you find the book interesting.

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