Love in a Torn Land, Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance

Love in a Torn Land, Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance

by Jean Sasson

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ISBN-13: 9780470067291
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/16/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

JEAN SASSON, a writer and lecturer, is the author of seven books, five of which are international bestsellers; two of them, Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia and The Rape of Kuwait, are New York Times bestsellers. She has appeared on Oprah, the Today show, 48 Hours, CNN, and NPR. She is currently living in the Middle East.

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Table of Contents



Map of Modern-Day Iraq and Iran.


PART ONE: Childhood.

1 Little Peshmerga Girl.

2 Martyrs Hill.

3 Sprinkled by Stardust.

4 Baathist Terror.

5 Ra'ad and Hady Return.

PART TWO: Joanna Grows Up.

6 Death.

7 My Mother and My Father.

8 Love in a Torn Land.

9 War.

10 The Trenches.

11 Ra'ad Leaves Us.

12 The End of Hope.

13 The Secret Police.

14 Love Letters.

PART THREE: Love and Tragedy in Kurdistan.

15 Love and Marriage.

16 Under the Bergalou Sky.

17 Good Kurd, Bad Kurd.

18 Chemical Attack.

19 Blinded.

20 Escape to Merge.

21 Bombed in Merge.

22 Climbing Kandil Mountain.

23 Searching for Auntie Aisha.

24 Kosha, Child of My Heart.

Epilogue: Freedom!

Where Are They Now?

Chronology of Key Events Affecting Modern-Day Iraqi Kurds.



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Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was captivating, educational, and highly emotional, all rolled into one. If you are interested in the history of Kurdish Iraq and love biographies BUY THIS BOOK! I stayed up until 3 am reading this book for several nights b/c I couldn't bear to go to bed and stop reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love in a Torn Land is a mesmerizing book that one would not put down until he/she has read it from cover to cover. Ms. Sasson's magic in vividly depicting Joanna's experiences places you in her shoes: suffer when she and her family suffer, laugh and love with her, be passionate of the plight of her people. Suddenly, you are her! The cover picture of Joanna shows off her exotic beauty. I am glad the publisher used her photograph.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is unbelievable. its so hard to think this is true.....and most of the time i was trying to convince myself it was fiction because the truth is often very hard to take in.i reccomend it to women and teenage girls. i am fifteen and my parents were sceptical about me reading it but now they see the benifit and impact it had on the way i see life. a truley captivating read!
Mrs.Stansbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A touching love story set primarily during the war of freedom for the Kurds in the hills of Northern Iraq. Joanna grows up in Baghdad a life of ease yet still includes fear of bombs, night time raids, smuggling a brother out of the country, imprisoned family members, and interrogations. All this was not enough to prepare Joanna for life as a 'peshmerga,' a freedom fighter, living in the mountainside of Northern Iraq fighting to ensure the freedom of the Kurdish people. There she would endure hardships few will ever know. Sasson once again tells a story of brave triumphs in the turbulent Middle East. Joanna's story is told in a beautiful and haunting voice; Sasson does not disappoint. Once again she writes her books from an assumed first person point of view as if the experience and life were her own. Be prepared to laugh and cry; a box of tissues is essential- enjoy.
abuannie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My only quibble: Jean Sasson is listed as the author, but it's written in the first-person of Joanna Al-Askari Hussein.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Love in a Torn Land is the biography of Joanna, a Kurdish lady who defied the odds and lived to tell about it. This is such an interesting book by Jean Sasson. It is a story of war, violence, betrayal and love. The book also goes into wonderful detail about the Iran-Iraq war and how the Kurdish people were savagely treated. There are many interesting and educational details included in this wonderful book. Joanna's story is very motivational because she truly fought for what she believed in. She is such a strong and inspirational lady. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the Kurdish people or to anyone that enjoys fast-moving true stories and biographies.
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humpback More than 1 year ago
The courage and strength displayed in this book is amazing. So hard to believe what these people go through to have a small bit of freedom.