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Some things I've read (from "blossom to impossible blossom")

Some things I’ve read:
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad


Nadia Murad is a survivor, a writer and public speaker, a human rights activist, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.I read her memoir for a meeting of my local mothers’ group book club, and it is without doubt the toughest book I have ever read. There were many times that I just had to stop, overwhelmed. I cannot overstate the horrors of this book, a personal narrative of the Islamic State’s campaign of genocide, torture, and sexual enslavement of the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq. I cannot overstate the absolute sadism of Nadia Murad’s captors. The evil of this regime. And I cannot overstate Nadia Murad’s heroism, the heroism of the Sunni Muslim family who helped her to escape, the heroism of her family members who survived, and the heroism of every single Yazidi who survived.  Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, in the foreword to this book, writes, “Those who thought they …