I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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“A powerful new autobiography...It’s hard to imagine that there have been many younger divorcées—or braver ones—than a pint-size third grader named Nujood Ali.”
—Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
“Shocking...captures the social challenges facing Yemen better than any scholarly work could hope to do.”
“Her case has brought international exposure to the archaic practice of robbing girls of their youth.”
—People (Four Stars)
“An international icon of tenacity and courage.”
“One of the greatest women I have ever seen . . . She set an example with her courage.”
“This book took my breath away. It broke my heart but put it back together again with a renewed hope in the staggering power of the human spirit. What Nujood did to save her life was a miracle; that she did it as a ten-year-old child is, quite simply, astounding.”
—Carolyn Jessop, author of Escape and Triumph
“Nujood and all other girls like her who are traded like objects deserve to be heard. This important book gives them a voice and sheds light on an ugly secret that has destroyed the lives of children for centuries.”
—Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran
“Simple and straightforward in its telling, this is an informative and thoroughly engaging narrative.”
About the Author
NUJOOD ALI was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. Named a Glamour Woman of the Year in 2008, she has been profiled in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine. She lives in Yemen.
DELPHINE MINOUI, a recipient of the Albert Loudres Prize, has been covering Iran and the Middle East since 1997. She lives in Beirut.
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Nujood had the courage to say NO to her situation and go against her culture and family that all told her she must just endure. Deprived of an education to the point she was unable to read and could only write her first name, this little girls courage changed not only her situation but has changed laws and saved others like her.
She was named woman of the year and after you read the book you will see why she is one of the most worthy winners. There is no self pity in this book unlike most 'survivor' stories, and no blame from her to those who put her in the situation. I read this book in one morning and would urge everyone to read this girls story. It is written in the simple language of a 10 yr old and has been translated but this does not take away from the strength of the story.
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Source: Personal Copy
Category: Memoir/ Young Adult
Nujood, is an innocent little girl who stood up to the unknown and almost impossible. She may have lived in poverty, but poverty didn't make her unhappy. She was a very happy child until her world literally changed around her. While many young girls were in school and playing with children their own age, Nujood had a much different reality. Her father agreed to marry her to a man three times her age. Without preparation or warning, in a matter of weeks she was married, sent to live with her husbands family and she was repeatedly raped and beaten by her husband. Her mother-in-law had no sympathy for her, she tried to assist her son in molding the perfect wife. She was told by her mother-in-law and mother that she must endure. A wife does not question her husband. A woman does as she is told. If a man wants a successful marriage, he is warned to marry a nine year old. Nujood took measures into her own hands. She vowed to get divorced and return to her family, she wanted to take her niqab off and resume life as a ten year old. She left her house one morning to buy bread for her family, and never returned that evening. She searched for the local court house, and sought help. She stood in the crowded courthouse scared, frustrated, and determined. The initial reaction from the judge was shock. Once she was able convinced them of her situation, the court system promised to help her. This little memoir is eye opening, and shocking. A must read.
This memoir is simple, yet powerful.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
this girl is powerful. the stories of Yemen are interesting. it is the land of the queen of sheba who is in both the bible and the koranPublished 19 days ago by cnda stark
A great (but sad) read. What a horrible thing for a child to experience - so unfeeling and cruel. Bravo for her to fight for her rights and obtain divorce from that... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jeanine Reeves
This account of a young girl forced into marriage at the age of 9 shows how much work still needs to be done to change attitudes towards women in many parts of the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L C
Very informative and easy to read. Have passed this on to several others who were very interested in this fascinating and a bit scary tale.Published 3 months ago by Con
What an intriguing story of a young girl on the other side of the worlit. It was so difficult to imagine what young girls have to go through. I felt so sorry for herPublished 3 months ago by Gwen Grobe
Male or female, if you have compassion, you'll want to be made aware of the realities of the world and the courage to make a difference!Published 4 months ago by Sally