Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In 2007 Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s memoir, Infidel, spent 8 months on international bestseller lists. Now she has penned a followup, Nomad, and it has made its way onto bestseller lists as well.

In this book, the author tells the story of her break with her family and the challenges she faced after coming to America. The flyleaf notes how she “struggled to throw off restrictive superstitions and misconceptions that initially hobbled her ability to assimilate into Western society” and that Nomad is a portrait of a family literally torn apart by the clash of civilizations”. Hirsi Ali renounced Islam after the September 11 attacks, and was disowned by her father. In the book she writes of her reconciliation with her father and other family members.

But the book is more than a memoir. She also has a warning for the Western world – not to underestimate radical Islam.

Both Hirsi Ali’s Infidel, and Nomad can be picked up in your local branch.

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