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Barefoot in Baghdad

A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos

by Manal Omar

eBook

"Walk barefoot and the thorns will hurt you..." —Iraqi-Turkmen proverb

A riveting story of hope and despair, of elation and longing, Barefoot in Baghdad takes you to the front lines of a different kind of battle, where the unsung freedom fighters are strong, vibrant—and female.

An American aid worker of Arab descent, Manal Omar moves to Iraq to help as many women as she can rebuild their lives. She quickly finds herself drawn into the saga of a people determined to rise from the ashes of war and sanctions and rebuild their lives in the face of crushing chaos. This is a chronicle of Omar's friendships with several Iraqis whose lives are crumbling before her eyes. It is a tale of love, as her relationship with one Iraqi man intensifies in a country in turmoil. And it is the heartrending stories of the women of Iraq, as they grapple with what it means to be female in a homeland you no longer recognize.

"Manal Omar captures the complex reality of living and working in war-torn Iraq, a reality that tells the story of love and hope in the midst of bombs and explosions."—Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women International, and author (with Laurie Becklund) of the national bestselling book Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

"A fascinating, honest, and inspiring portrait of a women's rights activist in Iraq, struggling to help local women while exploring her own identity. Manal Omar is a skilled guide into Iraq, as she understands the region, speaks Arabic, and wears the veil. At turns funny and tragic, she carries a powerful message for women, and delivers it through beautiful storytelling."—Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family and Survival in the New Iraq

"At turns funny and tragic...a powerful message for women, [delivered] through beautiful storytelling."—Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War


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Publisher: Sourcebooks

Kindle Book

  • Release date: August 1, 2010

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781402256943
  • Release date: August 1, 2010

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9781402256943
  • File size: 936 KB
  • Release date: August 1, 2010

PDF eBook

  • ISBN: 9781402237294
  • File size: 1185 KB
  • Release date: August 1, 2010

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Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB eBook
PDF eBook

Languages

English

"Walk barefoot and the thorns will hurt you..." —Iraqi-Turkmen proverb

A riveting story of hope and despair, of elation and longing, Barefoot in Baghdad takes you to the front lines of a different kind of battle, where the unsung freedom fighters are strong, vibrant—and female.

An American aid worker of Arab descent, Manal Omar moves to Iraq to help as many women as she can rebuild their lives. She quickly finds herself drawn into the saga of a people determined to rise from the ashes of war and sanctions and rebuild their lives in the face of crushing chaos. This is a chronicle of Omar's friendships with several Iraqis whose lives are crumbling before her eyes. It is a tale of love, as her relationship with one Iraqi man intensifies in a country in turmoil. And it is the heartrending stories of the women of Iraq, as they grapple with what it means to be female in a homeland you no longer recognize.

"Manal Omar captures the complex reality of living and working in war-torn Iraq, a reality that tells the story of love and hope in the midst of bombs and explosions."—Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women International, and author (with Laurie Becklund) of the national bestselling book Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

"A fascinating, honest, and inspiring portrait of a women's rights activist in Iraq, struggling to help local women while exploring her own identity. Manal Omar is a skilled guide into Iraq, as she understands the region, speaks Arabic, and wears the veil. At turns funny and tragic, she carries a powerful message for women, and delivers it through beautiful storytelling."—Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family and Survival in the New Iraq

"At turns funny and tragic...a powerful message for women, [delivered] through beautiful storytelling."—Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War


Expand title description text
  • Details

    Publisher:
    Sourcebooks

    Kindle Book
    Release date: August 1, 2010

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781402256943
    Release date: August 1, 2010

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9781402256943
    File size: 936 KB
    Release date: August 1, 2010

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9781402237294
    File size: 1185 KB
    Release date: August 1, 2010

  • Creators
  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
    PDF eBook
  • Languages
    English