Desert Flower

Author: Waris Dirie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061952273
Size: 12.15 MB
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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. Desert Flower will be published simultaneously in eleven languages throughout the world and is currently being produced as a feature film by Rocket Pictures UK.

Desert Flower

Author: Waris Dirie
Publisher: Virago Press
ISBN: 1860496067
Size: 17.76 MB
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Waris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life - by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women's rights in Africa, at night she dreams of her native Somalia. Waris, one of 12 children, was born into a traditional family of desert nomads in East Africa. She remembers her early childhood as carefree- racing camels and moving on with her family to the next grazing spot - until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: circumcision. Waris suffered this torture when she was just five years old. Then, aged 12, when her father attempted to arrange a marriage with a 60 year old stranger in exchange for five camels - she took flight. After an extraordinary escape through the dangerous desert she made her way to London and worked as a maid for the Somalian ambassador until that family returned home. Penniless and speaking little English, she became a janitor in McDonalds where she was famously discovered by a fashion photographer. Her story is a truly inspirational and extraordinary self-portrait of a remarkable woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty.

Desert Flower

Author: Waris Dirie
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0688172377
Size: 13.32 MB
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Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.

Desert Flower

Author: John A. Voss
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595216499
Size: 20.72 MB
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An American doctor working in Saudi Arabia finds renewal of his Christian faith and his love for a stunning Moslem girl result in conflict and danger as the two cultures confront each other. The story is based on experiences and events that occurred while the author lived in Saudi Arabia.

The Las Vegas Desert Flower

Author: Donna Foley Mabry
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595449071
Size: 14.28 MB
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Feisty, redheaded Alexandra Merritt has the curious dilemma of inheriting her former employer?s casino in Las Vegas?where anything can and does happen. In addition to learning the ins and outs of running the Desert Flower, Alex has to deal with the famous and the infamous with their special quirks. Hot-shot athletes, movie stars, and stand-up comics all converge on the casino. But when more than one of her guests turns up dead, Alex becomes embroiled in a mystery as hot as the Nevada desert.Beautiful blond Nikki Simmons has the face of an angel, the body of a goddess, and the conscience of a sociopath. A spoiled heiress, she kills for fun. When she instantly takes a dislike to Alex, she decides to put the casino owner on her list of victims. After all, what?s one more?Alex isn?t sure who wants her dead, but she better figure it out before the Desert Flower becomes Vegas?s next morgue.With its tantalizing mix of cozy and regional, fans of Carolyn Hart and Cleo Coyle will enjoy this second offering in the Alexandra Merritt mystery series.