Desert Flower

Desert Flower

The Extraordinary Journey of A Desert Nomad

Book - 1998
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"Desert Flower is the compelling autobiography of supermodel Waris Dirie, born into a traditional Somali family of nomads who believed in such archaic customs as female genital mutilation and arranged marriages between prepubescent girls and elderly men, for a dowry of a few goats and camels." "The young Waris survived exploitation, attempted rape, and casual violence as she tenaciously fought her way as far as London, where she took a job as a maid for a distant uncle. There, as she struggled to learn to read and write, her striking beauty caught the eye of a photographer, and soon she had launched a modeling career that would take her all the way to New York City and international celebrity. Today, as a special ambassador appointed by the United Nations, she travels the world speaking out against female genital mutilation, promoting the cause of women's rights, and educating people about the war-torn, drought-parched region of Africa she fled - but still loves deeply."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780688158231
Branch Call Number: BIO Dirie W.
Characteristics: 228 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Miller, Cathleen


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jrochez98 Aug 27, 2012

this was a good book.

debwalker Feb 28, 2011

"The Book: Somalian model-turned-writer Waris Dirie published Desert Flower in 1998, telling the world her story of escaping from her rural village after having been circumcised at 5 and sold into marriage at 13. She is now an international advocate against female genital mutilation, and also happens to be a stunner.

"The Film: Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede takes on the Waris role — she is discovered in a London fast food restaurant by a fashion photographer, and soon it is all catwalks and, later, activism. This is a feel-good film, to be sure, but hinges on the precarious assumption that models can act.

"See it With: A group of fashion-forward friends. Even if the initial tragedy is too much to process, there is a lot of couture to discuss."
Rachel Syme, NPR Radio


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