Desert Flower by Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to leave behind. Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the beauty of African life, the chaotic existence of a supermodel, or the joys of new motherhood. Waris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who engaged in such ancient and antiquated customs as genital mutilation and arranged marriage. At twelve, she fled an arranged marriage to an old man and traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu -- the first leg of an emotional journey that would take her to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model, and eventually to America, where she would find peace in motherhood and humanitarian work for the U.N. Today, as Special Ambassador for the U.N., she travels the world speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women's reproductive rights, and educating people about the Africa she fled -- but still deeply loves.

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The 968th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The 100 Best Books in the World ( (in German))

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Desert Flower Paperback 1863958 $7.69 $0.01 1999
Desert Flower Kindle Edition 142132 2009
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad Hardcover 755825 $13.49 $0.01 1998
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad Paperback 1208201 $6.89 $1.59 1999
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad Paperback 370833 $7.79 $1.40 2011