Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

by Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller
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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to leave behind. Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the beauty of African life, the chaotic existence of a supermodel, or the joys of new motherhood.

Waris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who engaged in such ancient and antiquated customs as genital mutilation and arranged marriage. At twelve, she fled an arranged marriage to an old man and traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu -- the first leg of an emotional journey that would take her to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model, and eventually to America, where she would find peace in motherhood and humanitarian work for the U.N.

Today, as Special Ambassador for the U.N., she travels the world speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women's reproductive rights, and educating people about the Africa she fled -- but still deeply loves.

Desert Flower will be published simultaneously in eleven languages throughout the world and is currently being produced as a feature film by Rocket Pictures UK.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061952272
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Series: Harper Perennial
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 316,082
File size: 402 KB

About the Author

An internationally recognized supermodel, Waris Dirie is a United Nations special ambassador who travels the world as an articulate and passionate advocate of human rights. She served as United Nations special ambassador for the elimination of FGM. She has since established the Desert Flower Foundation to advance women’s rights in Africa.


Cathleen Miller circled the globe to interview sources for her latest book, Champion of Choice, the biography of UN leader Nafis Sadik. Her previous work includes the international bestseller Desert Flower, which was adapted as a feature film. Miller’s travel essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.

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Desert Flower 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much of an avid reader but I couldn't put this book down loved every bit of it.
munchie_hwiCB More than 1 year ago
Some things in life are unimaginable. The thought of female circumcision is tough, along with the fact that so many choices are taken away from the girls of Africa. Mrs. Dirie did not forget where she came from even after becoming a model. She is the voice of those that have no voice. I'm sure it was tough for her to speak out concerning this act that is passed from generation to generation where she is from. Maybe one day it will come to an end.
lydiao More than 1 year ago
Outstanding read. Amazing what this young girl endured to have freedom. It is sad that these customs still happen in our world today. Will there ever be a time when women don't have to suffer at the hands of MAN.
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mamajeanne More than 1 year ago
I had seen the movie without really knowing anything about it.I then had to find the book to learn more. Such a different belief system than what I am accustomed to. Especially the lengths they go to keep the females"pure", and then to be married off at such a young age to a much older man. How strong willed she had to be to escape and the obstacles that she continued to face were daunting. Yet she doesn't blame her mother, her religion,or her country except to want to make people aware of female circumscion as it is practiced now and have it stopped. She was a strong soul. It was a strong story.
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jorisia washington More than 1 year ago
Interesting Story! Basic and easy to read.
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TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
a long, long time. Thank you, Waris, for sharing your story with the world.
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This is one of the best autobiographies that I have ever read.