The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 249 pages
Farah Ahmedi recounts her heartbreaking journey from war-torn Kabul to America in her New York Times bestselling inspirational memoir.

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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A sad story but also one with hope that maybe tomorrow things might be better. This girl has more courage and strength -- a wonderful daughter. This book encouraged me to not give up --if Farah can make it so can anyone. Read full review

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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
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About the author (2006)

Farah Ahmedi is a humanitarian, activist, and writer from Afghanistan. After stepping on a landmine was a young girl, she and her family escaped her war-torn homeland and moved to the United States. After winning Good Morning America's Story of My Life contest in 2005, she published her memoir, The Other Side of the Sky. Now a college graduate and mother of two, Ahmedi is a public speaker who shares her story of loss, hope, and peace with people all over the country.

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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