Suggested One Read: The Last Girl

Last Girl book coverThis is one of the last suggested titles we are highlighting for One Read 2019. In January the reading panel will start narrowing down the list.

Our nominator did such a great job telling us about this selection:

“Because — she is WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. [“The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Struggle Against the Islamic State“] is a memoir of survival by a 21-year-old Yazidi woman of when she was captured by the Islamic State to be a sex slave. However, there is not a lot of graphic material in the book in a sexual context, so it would not be inappropriate, I don’t think. She was living in a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. Yazidis are a unique religious tradition, not accepted by the Islamic State. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon. In 2014, Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Her mother and six of her brothers were killed and buried in a mass grave. Nadia was taken with thousands of other Yazidi girls and traded from one owner to another. She eventually escaped with the aid of her brothers in an underground movement. She is now a spokesperson for human rights of women.”

Thank you, nominator, for that wonderful overview!

1 thought on “Suggested One Read: The Last Girl”

  1. After listening to this book and the two that we were voting between, I think this one should have won. This book is incredible.

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