March 5, 2009

Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi

A blog friend of mine, Debra, told her readers to read this, and I obeyed. And I'm so glad I did.

In Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam Zainab Salbi tells of her life growing up in a upper middle-class family in Iraq that was connected to Saddam.

Saddam was more than an evil dictator to her, he was a family "friend" who she was required to treat as a loving, respected uncle. Yet so many of the horrors in her life happened when she tried to escape his grasp, fleeing to America for an arranged marriage.

What makes this book so incredibly touching to me is that stories like Zainab's are happening all over the world. Knowing her story and the stories of her friends and family in Iraq, she has sought to help other women through Women for Women International. Because of my job, I deal with many immigrant families, and I can't help but want to reach out to them and offer them love and support as they too may have a story similar to Zainab's.

If you don't want to help real people who are suffering, then don't read this book.


  1. Oh yes, I read this book when it was first published and I really enjoyed it. A real eye opener!

  2. I'm so glad you read it and enjoyed it! It really touched my heart.

  3. I'm moving this one to the top of my "read list". Thanks!


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