American Chick in Saudi Arabia [NOOK Book]

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It all begins with an ad in the newspaper. When Jean Sasson, a young Southern woman, answers a call to work in the royal hospital in Saudi Arabia, what should have been a two-year stay turns into a life-changing adventure spanning over a decade. Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled women in Riyadh, where women are locked in luxurious homes and fundamentalist mutawas terrorize the streets. Jean meets women from all walks of life--a feisty bedouin, an educated mother, and a conservative wife of a ...
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Overview

It all begins with an ad in the newspaper. When Jean Sasson, a young Southern woman, answers a call to work in the royal hospital in Saudi Arabia, what should have been a two-year stay turns into a life-changing adventure spanning over a decade. Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled women in Riyadh, where women are locked in luxurious homes and fundamentalist mutawas terrorize the streets. Jean meets women from all walks of life--a feisty bedouin, an educated mother, and a conservative wife of a high-ranking Saudi--all who open a window into Saudi culture and help to reshape Jean's worldviews. What follows is a heartfelt, inspiring memoir about Jean's new-found conviction to fight for women's rights in a country of limited personal freedom.

PRAISE FOR JEAN SASSON'S BOOKS:

“Fascinating...an intimate account of a family life that became steadily more dangerous and bizarre...in forced pursuit of Osama’s jihadist dreams.” --Washington Post

"The startling truth behind veiled lives...frank and vivid" Sunday Express

"Anyone with the slightest interest in human rights will find this book heart-wrenching." --Betty Mahmoody, bestselling author of NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER

"A fascinating narrative...devasting" Robert Harris, Sunday Times

"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People

"A chilling story...a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly

"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." --USA Today

"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014336406
  • Publisher: Liza Dawson Associates
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 75
  • Sales rank: 73,026
  • File size: 545 KB

Meet the Author

Jean's first book THE RAPE OF KUWAIT, based on her eye witness reporting on the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi troops, was an immediate bestseller. Shortly thereafter she became a full-time writer. Her next three books, PRINCESS, PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS, and PRINCESS SULTANA'S CIRCLE, became international sensations as they were the first books to bring to the western world the shocking stories about life for women in Saudi Arabia. Jean is also the author of MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, about the prison experiences of an Iraqi journalist praised by Saddam Hussein; LOVE IN A TORN LAND: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance which tells the story of a beautiful Kurdish woman; GROWING UP BIN LADEN: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us into Their Secret World; and FOR THE LOVE OF A SON: One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen Child. Her work has been featured in People, Vanity Fair,The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Post, The Sunday London Times, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, NBC, and many other news organizations.

Still traveling the world, Jean has made her homebase in Atlanta, Georgia where she is a passionate animal rights and women's rights supporter. You can learn more by visiting her website at
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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Hi, this is Jean Sasson and I'm delighted to see the first part

    Hi, this is Jean Sasson and I'm delighted to see the first part of my memoir (AMERICAN CHICK IN SAUDI ARABIA) available on this site. B&N has always supported my books and for that I am grateful. I LOVE B&N stores and some of my most fun times are spent browsing the books and magazines. I hope readers enjoy getting to know these very three extraordinary Saudi women I met during my early years in the kingdom. My time in Saudi Arabia was so unique -- I feel lucky to have lived there in the early days when Saudi citizens were so warm and welcoming to the expatriate community. I lived there for 12 years, and this peek at my memoir is only a small sample of the very amazing people I have met on my lifelong journey of travel and getting to know so many different people in 66 countries. Thanks to all who care about the intriguing people I write about.

    27 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    fun, enlightening read

    I truly admire Jean Sasson for the courage it took to move to a country so far from home. She shares everything she learned in this memoir, and it really is just eye-opening. Her passion for people shines through her words. An excellent read, highly recommended!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    "American Chick in Saudi Arabia" is a fascinating auto

    "American Chick in Saudi Arabia" is a fascinating autobiographical book by the best-selling author, Jean Sasson. For the first time ever Ms. Sasson tells her own fascinating story. Her upbringing in the south, how and why she left the US to embark on a monumental journey on the other side of the world and her life while living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are all meticulously described. Like all of her other book, Ms. Sasson is candid, engaging, fascinating and educational. Reading "American Chick in Saudi Arabia" was like looking at an intricate painting because Jean is so descriptive and detailed in her writing. She shared many stories of her time in Saudi Arabia that were so captivating. I strongly recommend getting this, I especially recommend it to anyone studying world affairs, women's equality or the Middle East. Congratulations Jean on another exceptional book!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    To answer the question regarding age appropriate. I'm not sure

    To answer the question regarding age appropriate. I'm not sure what you mean. Age appropriate for whom? What age are you referring to. For me, as the author of this book, this story of life in Saudi Arabia is basically written for anyone from ages 12 or 13 to 100, IF the person is interested in other cultures. There's nothing crude or explicit in the book if you are thinking it is too adult for young women. Let me know specifically what you mean and perhaps I can give a better reply! (smile)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Couldn't put this book down! It's a fast read but I learned a lo

    Couldn't put this book down! It's a fast read but I learned a lot about Saudi culture. This is a must-read if you're interested in the Middle East!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Fascinating and heart- wrenching

    Read this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    The author movingly lays out the worldview of Saudi Arabian wome

    The author movingly lays out the worldview of Saudi Arabian women who are happy to be cared for by men, despite the utter dependence that lifestyle implies. Such a life, the author states clearly to the reader and obliquely to Saudi women, is NOT a life in full. These are entertaining and insightful stories that draw clear the distinction between two cultures -- the West and Middle East Muslim -- that increasingly MUST mix.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Gripping memoir by a woman who knows her facts. Jean is a spunky

    Gripping memoir by a woman who knows her facts. Jean is a spunky adventurer who felt like a good friend to me right from page one. The women she meets are lovely as well, and their stories pulled at my heart. This book shows the full spectrum of life in Saudi Arabia. This was a very authentic read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    "A worthwhile read," from a girl who doesn't typically read non-fiction

    Pros:
    an inside look into a different culture
    the writer is a fascinating, spirited woman
    a quick read
    real-life stories
    the epilogue point you to her other books

    Cons:
    short
    based on life experiences only, not research
    dated (1975) - though the epilogue does discuss modern (2012) changes or lack of

    Overall: Definately worth reading

    Age Group: mature teen (discusses topics of sex but not beyond PG13 at worst).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Don't bother...

    Yes the book was a quick read, but the author lacks the ability to use writer's craft and fails to create a piece that engages and holds the reader's attention. Its short length is not sufficient to address the topic of women's status in Saudi Arabia.

    The book's short length (76) pages makes for a short read. I, however, prefer longer novels/books and would not purchase this book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Excellent

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Made me want to read her other books. Reminded me again how lucky we are to live in America & enjoy the freedoms we have as women.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    First installment. My initial reaction to this 80 page, first i

    First installment.

    My initial reaction to this 80 page, first installment of Jean Sasson's memoir is, why only 80 pages? Why has this been issued as just a sample? Personally, although I did enjoy this, I found it a bit frustrating that it was only part of a more complete book.

    Jean became famous as the author of the rather shocking book, Princess. This was an insight into the hidden lives of women in Saudi Arabia, particularly the Princess known as Princess Sultana.
    The first part of her recent memoir explains how she came to be working in Saudi and the origin of her mission to persuade Saudi women that they must fight for their freedoms and live a full life.
    There are three wonderful characters revealed in this installment, a Bedouin woman who has had a satisfying life and has no problems about wearing the veil, an educated young mother who has married her cousin and cannot give birth to a healthy baby and a woman who's only purpose in life is to please her dominant husband.

    This is not as good as my previous reads by this author and I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. It was because I had read two of her other books that I was particularly interested in her story, but I prefer her biographical works.
    I particularly dislike the title which would not have attracted me if I'd seen the book on a shelf.

    Awaiting the next installment.

    Also read:
    Princess (4 stars)
    Mayada: Daughter of Iraq (4 stars)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    what !!!

    Many words little .meaning

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Recommended

    This was a very good book that was interesting from the beginning. It makes you realize how lucky you are to be living in the land of the free where women can do everything a man can do and doesn't have to live in a shadow of a man.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    recommend

    I've read three of her books. As always very interesting

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    Great picture of life for women in Saudi.

    I was in Kuwait at the time Jean Sasson was first in Saudi Arabia. Occasionally we would travel to the air base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I felt the more oppressive atmosphere and was glad to return to Kuwait. Her description of working as a single woman in Saudi at that time is amazing. I also enjoyed her books about the Saudi princess's life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Informative, Well Written

    Jean Sasson, gives an insite into women forced to remain behind the vail. Until I read this true story which prompted me to ask a young buisness woman not far from the veil herself, I had no clue how the women endured just the physical discomfort. Heat and a limited space to see and to breathe seemed impossible. Her answer was, "They get used to it". They seem to not only endure, but even wear that veil with pride. The book was interesting and I am glad I read it. I'd recommend this book and will read and ask more questions now that Jean Sasson has answered some questions that I've wondered about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    As an expat living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I found the book ent

    As an expat living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I found the book entertaining and accurate. Little has changed since the time Jean Sasson moved out here to start her adventure. The book left me wanting to know the rest of her story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    While the author's stories are funny and descriptive, she assume

    While the author's stories are funny and descriptive, she assumes a very pro-American attitude and is set on changing an entire way of cultural living. Now, I'm not saying that I completely agree with the way women are treated in that part of the world, but as an outsider, we have to go into such cultures as learners and observers. It is not our place to try and force our ideas and beliefs on others, as the author made a point of doing throughout the book. For this reason, I struggled my way through the book and was disappointed at the end result.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Must read

    Thank you to the author for enlightening and educating us about the plight of saudi women.

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