The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
23 Reviews
Farah Ahmedi's "poignant tale of survival" (Chicago Tribune) chronicles her journey from war to peace. Equal parts tragedy and hope, determination and daring, Ahmedi's memoir delivers a remarkably vivid portrait of her girlhood in Kabul, where the sound of gunfire and the sight of falling bombs shaped her life and stole her family. She herself narrowly escapes death when she steps on a land mine. Eventually the war forces her to flee, first over the mountains to refugee camps across the border, and finally to America. Ahmedi proves that even in the direst circumstances, not only can the human heart endure, it can thrive. The Other Side of the Sky is "a remarkable journey" (Chicago Sun-Times), and Farah Ahmedi inspires us all.
  

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Review: The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

User Review  - Debbie Fowler - Goodreads

I'm changing my rating. I struggled between 3 and 4 stars, only because I felt the story was too familiar after reading "The Kite Runner". But, now that I found out that Farah Ahmedi will be coming to PV this fall, I'm excited to see her in person. Her story is very powerful. Read full review

Review: The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

User Review  - Sarah Alsiwan - Goodreads

This was supposed to be a light read, I thought a memoir is only a story and that is ought to be pretty straight forward. It was straight forward but at the same time very disturbing and sad. Any ... Read full review

Contents

Where We Came From
13
Was Very Little
27
Going to School
35
The Shortcut
42
Alone in Germany
53
Back Home?
70
Losing My Family
88
Escape from Afghanistan
103
Making the List
134
Sojourn in Islamabad
150
Arriving in America
166
Discovering America
185
Enter Alyce Litz
194
High School in America
214
Learning to Drive
228
The Fashion Show
237

Living as a Refugee
114
Talking to God
125
Looking Back Looking Ahead
244
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Farah Ahmedi is a high school student and an ambassador to the United Nations' Adopt-A-Minefield program.

For more information on Farah and her charitable foundation, Farah's Wings of Hope, visit www.farahsworld.com.

For a reading group guide to The Other Side of the Sky suitable for classroom, library, or reading group use, visit www.SimonSaysTEACH.com.

Tamim Ansary is the author of West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story as well as numerous books for children. A columnist for Encarta, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two children.

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