American Chick in Saudi Arabia

American Chick in Saudi Arabia It all begins with an ad in the newspaper When Jean Sasson a young Southern woman answers a call to work in the royal hospital in Saudi Arabia what should have been a two year stay turns into a lif

  • Title: American Chick in Saudi Arabia
  • Author: Jean Sasson
  • ISBN: 9781939481054
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • It all begins with an ad in the newspaper When Jean Sasson, a young Southern woman, answers a call to work in the royal hospital in Saudi Arabia, what should have been a two year stay turns into a life changing adventure spanning over a decade Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled women in Riyadh, where women are locked in luxurious homes and fundamentalistIt all begins with an ad in the newspaper When Jean Sasson, a young Southern woman, answers a call to work in the royal hospital in Saudi Arabia, what should have been a two year stay turns into a life changing adventure spanning over a decade Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled women in Riyadh, where women are locked in luxurious homes and fundamentalist mutawas terrorize the streets Jean meets women from all walks of life a feisty bedouin, an educated mother, and a conservative wife of a high ranking Saudi all who open a window into Saudi culture and help to reshape Jean s worldviews What follows is a heartfelt, inspiring memoir about Jean s new found conviction to fight for women s rights in a country of limited personal freedom PRAISE FOR JEAN SASSON S BOOKS Fascinating intimate account of a family life that became steadily dangerous and bizarre forced pursuit of Osama s jihadist dreams Washington Post The startling truth behind veiled livesank and vivid Sunday Express Anyone with the slightest interest in human rights will find this book heart wrenching Betty Mahmoody, bestselling author of NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER A fascinating narrative.sting Robert Harris, Sunday Times Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad People A chilling storya vivid account of an air conditioned nightmare Entertainment Weekly Must reading for anyone interested in human rights USA Today Shockingndidd, sobering, and compassionate San Francisco ChronicleJean s first book THE RAPE OF KUWAIT, based on her eye witness reporting on the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi troops, was an immediate bestseller Shortly thereafter she became a full time writer Her next three books, PRINCESS, PRINCESS SULTANA S DAUGHTERS, and PRINCESS SULTANA S CIRCLE, became international sensations as they were the first books to bring to the western world the shocking stories about life for women in Saudi Arabia Jean is also the author of MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, about the prison experiences of an Iraqi journalist praised by Saddam Hussein LOVE IN A TORN LAND The True Story of a Freedom Fighter s Escape from Iraqi Vengeance which tells the story of a beautiful Kurdish woman GROWING UP BIN LADEN Osama s Wife and Son Take Us into Their Secret World and FOR THE LOVE OF A SON One Afghan Woman s Quest for Her Stolen Child Her work has been featured in People, Vanity Fair,The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Post, The Sunday London Times, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, NBC, and many other news organizations.Still traveling the world, Jean has made her homebase in Atlanta, Georgia where she is a passionate animal rights and women s rights supporter You can learn by visiting her website at jeansasson

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    1. Hi! This is Jean Sasson and I wanted to remind readers that this short tome, AMERICAN CHICK IN SAUDI ARABIA, is NOT the completed memoir. That is why the book has not been published in a traditional manner. This is why you are reading only a few stories of my early days in Saudi Arabia. So, please be warned that the book is not a completed book and there are not that many pages. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you feel you do not want to bother reading a short book, then please wait f [...]

    2. This is not a memoir. This is a woman being preachy and holier-than-thou.American Chick in Saudi Arabia is about Jean Sasson’s experiences in Saudi Arabia as an administrative employee at a royal hospital, mostly witnessing like any outsider the lives of Saudi women behind the veil, trying to live a day like them, and imagining ways to encourage them to fight for their rights. She introduces three women to us: a Bedouin, who is happy; an educated woman who is forced to veil her face and delive [...]

    3. You’ve imagined it of course—wearing a black abāya, the robe that covers a person from head to foot with a cloth screen where one’s eyes are. And you’ve thought about black in all that Mideast heat. It almost seems, doesn't it, that the men are afraid of women, that they have to tie them up so and put every obstruction in their way? After all, [some sarcasm here] what mightn’t these pesky women get up to if they weren’t thoroughly hampered? It would be laughable if it weren't so hum [...]

    4. When Jean Sasson moved to Saudi Arabia in her twenties she wasn’t a journalist or a Middle Eastern scholar, but she’s now the author of at least nine well received books on the people, especially the women, of that vital, sometimes volatile, always interesting region. This short revealing book is her own story of what her impressions were and what her life was like when she relocated across the world to work in a Saudi hospital. The conservative life style wasn’t as uncomfortable for Sasso [...]

    5. First installment.My initial reaction to this 80 page, first installment of Jean Sasson's memoir is, why only 80 pages? Why has this been issued as just a sample? Personally, although I did enjoy this, I found it a bit frustrating that it was only part of a more complete book.Jean became famous as the author of the rather shocking book, Princess. This was an insight into the hidden lives of women in Saudi Arabia, particularly the Princess known as Princess Sultana.The first part of her recent me [...]

    6. Book ReviewIt's the first journey of Jean Sasson in Middle East country, Saudi Arabia that made her bring the unstoppable questions to the world in forms of books she writes on how the Middle East women's life is over-controlled by Male kingdom and the culture and sadly sometime combined with the religious misinterpretation.Over 30 years living in Saudi Arabia she has been keeping her hope to see the change the women life living in Arab Country and she sadly only found small changes and till now [...]

    7. How could I not read this snippet of a book? The author is from Troy, Alabama, not far from my mother's family farm between Clio and Louisville, AL.! Heard from a 1st cousin that another 1st cousin is an acquaintance of the authorCuriosity about the author led me to read this title and it answered my primary question - How did she come to be in Saudi Arabia. (I'd read her 3 "princess" books years ago.)Sasson traveled very far from her small town home and had adventures undreamable earlier in lif [...]

    8. This is a very short book which tells of the author's experiences in Saudi Arabia in the late 70s and early 80s. Part personal travelogue, part feminist manifesto, Sasson tells of her interactions with Saudi women and her naive attempts to persuade them that Western freedoms are worth fighting for. Of particular interest to me were the attitudes of these Saudi women, most of whom seemed to feel that she was the unfortunate one, as she must work for a living and has no-one to take care of her. As [...]

    9. After reading Jean Sasson's earlier books it was good to hear her personal story. Her preconceived notions were startling to me. To Western women a woman's life in the Middle East is very different. I would still think that there would be women who would find comfort in the structure of that society. I would also not assume that all men there would be abusers. Jean Sasson did not seem very open minded to what this new world might offer her. Rather she seems to come to it trying at once to fix it [...]

    10. It's plain why Sasson used this title. Intelligent, well educated, carefree woman decides to travel alone to Saudi Arabia and work in hospital administration. While there she discovers the complete oppression of women and, naive chick that she is, thinks she can wake the women up to their situation and convince them to organize so that they can recover their rights. This was in 1979. 33 years later we see just how effective her pecking around was. This is sort of an introduction to all the books [...]

    11. This book is all about Jean Sasson's experience in Saudi Arabia. How she reach there & than the series of event that she encountered there. Looking at others life from there point of view or living there life is always a king of fantasy when ever we entered in to a foreign land ( especially if there custom & tradition is entirely different from ours), that's the same case with jean sasson. And her discussion with Saudi women & there different interpretation of freedom & both tryi [...]

    12. Jean Sasson puts her whole heart into telling the stories of women whom she feels are oppressed, even when the women don't understand that they are oppressed. Sasson makes many assumptions about the people that she meets, but nevertheless, the reader can't help but be entertained. I was fascinated by her adventures.

    13. I love all of Jean's books but this gave a bit more insight into how she came about being in the Middle East and the friendships she made. I would recommend this book to fans of her other books but bear in mind that its rather short as it is only the first installment. I can't wait to read the second installment!!

    14. This is just the first volume in a series of memoirs to be published. I got the ebook from Barnes & Noble but it will be available at amazon in a few weeks. This gal has spent the past 30 years traveling the world and meeting people during the most tempestuous times in their country's history. Looking forward to the next release.

    15. A very good read for anyone visiting KSA for the first time especially the Non Muslims. Indeed the Saudi men are the most cunning and hypocrite. They have mixed the Islamic teaching and culture and imposed rules and laws that suit their freedom and suppress the women and Non Muslims.The author has ample experience of the Saudi way of life and has portrayed the society immaculately.

    16. Interesting look at what it is like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia. Just wearing a veil in publichot, awkward, no identity, etc. When she wore a veil to experience this for herself, her fiance tied a colored string to her shoes so he could identify her in a crowd. I can't imagine living like that. Some of the women, not having known anything different, see it as protection.

    17. A look into the world of Saudi Arabia from the view point of an American Woman who travelled there to work in a hospital, opulent enough to be a palace of a prince. She learns, by covering up completely how oppressed the women of SA are and tries to change their viewpoint with little success. Only downside is the book is way too short.

    18. The story explores the lives of women living beneath the veil in Saudi Arabia. It examines the how and why about the veil and the long existing customs of women’s rights,especially in regards to husbands and their rights within a marriage.

    19. What a great read! This is a true story, and the author's life has been exciting beyond words. This is a quick read (just 76 page), and well worth the ride. I look forward to reading her other books!

    20. A very unique insight into the Saudi Arabian culture from a Western woman's perspective; while a lot has changed since her first observations in the 70's, most things in this book help to answer what Saudi Arabia is like today. Highly recommend!

    21. Enjoyed this book a great deal. This book was very informative on the Saudi etc culture. I learned things I never knew and enjoy learning from the books I read. I look forward to reading more of Jean Sasson's books!

    22. I was surprised to read so much detail in such a short book, but I enjoyed it cover to cover. I actually did want to learn more about the Saudi culture, even from a male point of view, but will probably find other books to read for that. I'm sure Ms. Sasson's other books will be interesting, too.

    23. A collection of essays on Jean Sasson's experiences with Saudi women in the late 1970's, concerning women's freedoms (or lack thereof) during her prolonged stay in Saudi Arabia.

    24. I had a hard time rating this because it was such a short bit. I do have to say I am adding the other books she wrote to my "to read" list because I did like her writing.

    25. I really enjoyed this book. I've three of her other books and I absolutely love her and the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

    26. Interesting autobiography of an American woman who went to Saudi Arabia in 1978 to work in a hospital with the intention of staying only 2 years.

    27. I've always liked Jean Sasson's books, though sometimes they do seem a little exaggerated. This book is a personal account of her time in Saudi Arabia. For once, there was no American posturing of how great the US is and how the rest of the world is mere shit, that usually is the case with such books. Full marks for avoiding that trap. The descriptions of her experiences are fun and the plight of some of the women described seems pretty realistic considering the human rights statistics and repor [...]

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