A House in the Sky

A House in the Sky

A Memoir

Large Print - 2013 | Large print edition
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"Amanda Lindhout's intimate account illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her abductors. Kept in chains, starved and abused, she survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind." -- Publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410463791
Branch Call Number: LP 967.73053 LIN NVD
Characteristics: 653 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Corbett, Sara


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Nov 05, 2019

recommended by Judy Westbrook, may be intense. Author from Red Deer.

Oct 06, 2019

This was such a good book, and very well written.I could not put this book down! Not going to lie, it took me a good week to stop thinking about the horrors she went through.

Aug 22, 2019

Such a great read. I could NOT put this book down. An amazing story of strength and willpower.

Aug 07, 2019

What a powerful book! Amanda does a wonderful job of weaving in hints of her kidnapping into the early pages of her story, adding a touch of unease to her descriptions of discovering the world. Even though we know she survives her ordeal, the tension and horror of those 400+ days of captivity will haunt you forever. This is a book I will never forget.

May 17, 2019


mazinwhistler Jan 03, 2019

A well written memoir. This book was moving in so many ways...Amanda’s story is inspiring. Hard to believe that I didn't know it happened!

Amanda, a Canadian freelance journalist from Alberta, likes traveling around the world. She visits Kabul, Baghdad, Addis Ababa, Cairo, and finally, Somalia, where she is a captured and kept in captivity for 460 days. The book is a moving account of how Amanda stayed alive and how strength, endurance and the spirit of forgiveness can help a person to survive even the darkest moments. I was really inspired and touched by the journey Amanda has made and her willingness to share this story and to forgive her abusers. (Submitted by Ilona)

Jul 05, 2018

I'm surprised so many have said that the first chapters were slow and dragged on. I really appreciated hearing her travels and her descriptions of the exotic places that she visited. Places that most people will never in their lifetime visit.
What a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. I was in awe of the strength and resilience that carried her through.

May 29, 2018

A harrowing memoir of a young Canadian woman held captive in Somalia for 15 months. Unfortunately for Amanda, she was blamed and judged for her experience. Why was she in such a dangerous country etc.? I think she does a good job explaining how it all came about. Though some said the beginning of the book was slow, I think she needed to show her great experiences with travel before Somalia--even in countries she was told not to go to like Pakistan and Afghanistan. This set up her decision to go to Somalia (along with being young and naive). While being held captive she showed strength of mind and spirit beyond expectation. Especially frustrating and crazy was the description of her attempted escape. Great reading even if you don't think you like nonfiction.

Jan 22, 2018

I missed my bus stop while reading this it was so good! That said, the first 15 chapters or so drag on for far too long. If the first part had been condensed, I would have rated it 5 full stars.

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Oct 28, 2014


... Travel gave me something to talk about, something to be. That I'd just been to Nicaragua or was thinking about going to Ethiopia seemed, in the eyes of the people I encountered at work, to override the fact I hadn't been to college or that I was late in getting a round of dirty mojitos to table nine. It helped erase the past, too, allowing me to duck questions about where I'd grown up or who my parents were. Among travelers, talking about the past usually meant talking about the just passed. The expiration date on old experiences came quickly. What mattered most was where you were going next.


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