American Chick in Saudi Arabia

By Jean Sasson

All of it starts off with an advert within the newspaper. whilst Jean Sasson, a tender Southern girl dwelling in Jacksonville seashore, Florida, solutions a decision to paintings within the royal health center in Saudi Arabia, what must have been a two-year remain becomes a life-changing experience spanning over a decade. through the years Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled ladies in Riyadh, the place girls are locked in sumptuous houses and fundamentalist mutawas terrorize the streets. Jean meets ladies from all walks of life--a feisty bedouin, an informed mom, a conservative spouse of a high-ranking Saudi, and a Saudi princess the area understands as Princess Sultana--all who open a window into Saudi tradition and support to reshape Jean's worldviews. AMERICAN CHICK IN SAUDI ARABIA is the 1st installment in a heartfelt, inspiring memoir approximately Jean's thirty-year travels and adventures in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait and Iraq.

Jean's first booklet THE RAPE OF KUWAIT, according to her eye witness reporting at the invasion of Kuwait by means of Iraqi troops, used to be a right away bestseller. presently thereafter she turned a full-time author. Her subsequent 3 books, PRINCESS, PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS, and PRINCESS SULTANA'S CIRCLE, grew to become overseas sensations as they have been the 1st books to deliver to the western global the stunning tales approximately existence for girls in Saudi Arabia. Jean can also be the writer of MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, concerning the felony reviews of an Iraqi journalist praised via Saddam Hussein; LOVE IN A TORN LAND: the genuine tale of a Freedom Fighter's get away from Iraqi Vengeance which tells the tale of a pretty Kurdish lady; becoming UP BIN encumbered: Osama's spouse and Son Take Us into Their mystery global; and FOR the affection OF A SON: One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen baby. Her paintings has been featured in humans, self-importance Fair,The ny occasions, The Washington submit, the hot Yorker, the hot York submit, The Sunday London instances, The mum or dad, CNN, FOX, NBC, and lots of different information organizations.

nonetheless touring the area, Jean has made her homebase in Atlanta, Georgia the place she is a passionate animal rights and women's rights supporter.

compliment FOR JEAN SASSON'S BOOKS:

“Fascinating...an intimate account of a kin lifestyles that grew to become gradually extra risky and bizarre...in compelled pursuit of Osama’s jihadist dreams.” --Washington Post

"The startling fact at the back of veiled lives...frank and brilliant" --Sunday Express

"Anyone with the slightest curiosity in human rights will locate this booklet heart-wrenching." --Betty Mahmoody, bestselling writer of no longer with no MY DAUGHTER

"A interesting narrative...devastating" --Robert Harris, Sunday Times

"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine

"A chilling story...a bright account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly

"Must-reading for an individual drawn to human rights." --USA Today

"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle

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Status immobile for the 1st time, the mutawah started to shout angrily. I stood in amazement. The mutawah was once so enraged that the wrinkles on his face started to upward push and fall along with his phrases. Too past due, i used to be capable of finding my voice. I shouted in English, "Stop it! what's your challenge? we're thoroughly dressed! " The mutawah checked out me for the 1st time. My tone of voice, mixed with a white face looked as if it would astonish him. My middle was once pounding yet i attempted to appear forceful. The man's piercing eyes have been by surprise packed with excessive hatred.

What's your challenge? we're accurately dressed! " The mutawah checked out me for the 1st time. My tone of voice, mixed with a white face looked as if it would astonish him. My center was once pounding yet i attempted to appear forceful. The man's piercing eyes have been all at once jam-packed with severe hatred. It was once my first get together to appear into the eyes of somebody who evidently desired to bodily damage me. I braced myself for the spray of paint that used to be guaranteed to come. a lot to my shock and reduction, the mutawah became his again and walked away as frivolously as though the incident had by no means occurred.

I pull up a chair and sit down close to her. "I even met him earlier than we married. " She seems to be into the space, a frown on her face. "Obeid isn't good-looking, yet i discovered him to be clever and engaging. He owns numerous contracting companies, and after we met he were provided a central authority agreement to construct a highschool within the state. before everything, Obeid appeared happy and proud that his proficient spouse desired to have a occupation. He even sketched a development layout for my new place of work. " She pauses to take a sip of water and to kiss her baby's little lips.

I shouted in English, "Stop it! what's your challenge? we're adequately dressed! " The mutawah checked out me for the 1st time. My tone of voice, mixed with a white face seemed to astonish him. My center was once pounding yet i attempted to seem forceful. The man's piercing eyes have been all at once packed with severe hatred. It was once my first celebration to seem into the eyes of somebody who evidently desired to bodily damage me. I braced myself for the spray of paint that used to be absolute to come. a lot to my shock and reduction, the mutawah became his again and walked away as lightly as though the incident had by no means occurred.

He was once lovely as he laughingly slipped on an abaaya and face veil, teasingly pulling the veil off and on. i used to be startled to witness his ease at donning lady dresses until eventually I recalled that ladies are usually not allowed to attempt on outfits to figure out a formal healthy, while outdoors their houses. This male clerk has develop into familiar with modeling woman wares. he is particularly the actor, prancing round the small store. He forgets himself and starts to flirt, fluttering his eyes and talking slowly, "The fantastic thing about white faces could be obvious, no longer lined.

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