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Daring to Drive

A Saudi Woman's Awakening

By Manal Al-Sharif

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Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Published In: United States, 13 June 2017
A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women's right to drive.

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence, she was a religious radical, melting her brother's boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties she was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. That's when the Saudi kingdom's contradictions became too much to bear: she was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her teenage brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel.

Daring to Drive is the fiercely intimate memoir of an accidental activist, a powerfully vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men--and won. Writing on the cusp of history, Manal offers a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia today. Her memoir is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity, and the difficulties, absurdities, and joys of making your voice heard.

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"Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif, whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us."--Deborah Feldman, New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox "An astonishing, humble, truthful book, more illuminating than a hundred newspaper stories on Saudi Arabia. Manal is no Chanel-draped, chauffeur-driven Saudi princess. Her account of why a single working mother's life compelled her to confront the kingdom's fiercely patriarchal ways is touching and revealing in equal measure."--Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad "A captivating read. Manal al-Sharif refuses to hide her scars, unveiling what she endured and sacrificed to become a professional who has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of tradition."--Elena Gorokhova, author of Russian Tattoo "Remarkable. Manal al-Sharif invites us to ride with her to bend the arc of history towards equality and justice."--Rula Jebreal, international bestselling author of Miral "Al-Sharif's back story... should shock you even if you think you already have a pretty good handle on conditions for women in Saudi Arabia."--Meghan Daum "The New York Times Book Review "

EAN: 9781476793023
ISBN: 1476793026
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.75 x 2.54 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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