Upon finishing this humbling autobiography, I felt honored that Malala shared her story with me. Malala wisely relates every chilling detail of growing up during Talibanization in Pakistan. It is remarkable how such a sweet, young girl can have such a brave, powerful voice and maintain this voice despite oppression by the Taliban. Her passion for girls’ and women’s education is infectious; this book has only fueled my growing support for female literacy. I hope that men and women alike will dive into this eye-opening story. Malala sends a message that we all can, and should, receive.
This memoir is the author’s distillation of her almost lifelong quest to answer the BIG QUESTION, what is the point of our brief existence? When I say lifelong, I mean she has notes from as far back as her teens when she began to tackle/be obsessed by the subject. What I’ll mention is that this book may have a record number of dog-earred pages and highlighted passages which means I consider her comments profound and they resonated highly with me. I’d say we’ve asked a lot of the same questions, and that’s exactly why you might want to open these pages . . . most people have wrestled with the unanswerables and it’s always nice to have someone you respect (as I do Ehrenreich, because her writing tells me she’s brilliant) so skillfully put into words the thoughts that may have flitted through your mind.
Sue B. – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
An insider look at the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn where the author was raised and eventually escaped with her son. She reveals an insular world of powerful rabbis, arranged marriages, and restrictions on everything from speaking, singing, and reading English language books. You will read this story and be amazed that this culture exists in 21st century America. A powerful memoir that is great for book groups.