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The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.

Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becomin
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Published November 7th 2017 by Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published October 31st 2017)
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Petra Eggs
This is a 10-star book definitely - review to come. I wanted to share this about illegal immigrants into Europe pretending to be refugees when they are really economic migrants. I didn't realise the system was so simple from the illegal immigrant side and how easily duped the European Immigration services were. There is no thought whatsoever to try to emigrate legally, it doesn't even occur to them apparently.

"Other than Jilan [the girl he loved], he felt like there was nothing for him at home,
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Jaidee
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 "harrowing, dignified, unfathomable" stars !!

Nadia Murad's story is not unusual and in many parts of the world is quite common. Most of us here in the West and much of Europe are currently cocooned from the ATROCITIES that occur daily in our world. We complain about the price of hydro, extramarital affairs, ADHD treatments and poor service in the restaurant. In fact, in a funny way, this helps us survive and live life day to day. However, it does not help much of the world that is not only
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Diane S ☔
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it is just hard to fathom all the evil in this world. The lengths people will go through, the horror they will inflict on others, for power and creating fear in my view, but claiming it is in the name of religion. Such clear writing, such a heartbreaking story, a story that is happening not just in Iraq but in other parts of the world now, and it seems always somewhere. This is Nadia's story, but also the story of her family, her village in Northern Iraq, her culture and beliefs as par ...more
Zoe's Human
You should read this book. Not because you'll enjoy it, it's not a book meant for enjoying. In fact, parts of it, you most certainly will not enjoy. You will be upset. You will be horrified. You may need to take a minute to emotionally recoup.

But this is important, y'all. It's important because, in places like where I live, we tend to act as though genocide and slavery are things of the past. We blithely go through life as though those sorts of atrocities are part of a distant and shameful past
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Chrissie
Much of this book is extremely hard to read. I am not the type who looks at a car wreck; I do not look, I flee. The August 2014 ISIS attack of the author’s northern Iraq Yazidi village and the sexual abuse and beatings that follow are described in excruciating detail.

For the Yazidi community and for Nadia, religion, ethnicity and family are one. They are inseparable, and so the book begins by explaining the myths, customs and beliefs central to the community. Understanding their beliefs is esse
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Jim
Well, I won't put this in the military non-fiction category because Daesh are a murdering bag of bastards, only good for killing unarmed opposition, and the Yazidi didn't put up a fight. I'd call this situation a comedy of errors but there is really nothing funny about this tragic situation. It's a disaster that everyone contributed to, all the way down the line. Ms Murad starts her book with a little family background and fills us in a bit on Yazidism, a religion of which I was previously ignor ...more
Dave
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, poignant, guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes no matter how tough you think you are, and surprisingly well-written. The Last Girl is an extraordinary first-hand account of a brutal genocide of a small religious minority who had no one to protect them from the barbaric horrors of the Islamic State which grew in power and territory for several long years while moral leadership was absent in this world and this cancer grew unabated.

The story - and sadly it is not a story - begins with
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Diane S ☔
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it is just hard to fathom all the evil in this world. The lengths people will go through, the horror they will inflict on others, for power and creating fear in my view, but claiming it is in the name of religion. Such clear writing, such a heartbreaking story, a story that is happening not just in Iraq but in other parts of the world now, and it seems always somewhere. This is Nadia's story, but also the story of her family, her village in Northern Iraq, her culture and beliefs as par ...more
Mikey B.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mikey B. by: Petra Eggs
This is a most powerful narrative of a young Yazidi woman in Iraq whose family was forced out of their home by ISIS. Her brothers were murdered in a ditch. The younger women were forced into sexual slavery – older women, like her mother, were killed.

So as can be imagined this is a very visceral and sad book. But the writing is straight-forward, succinct, and beautiful. The reader is taken into Nadia’s family, her home, and then her forlorn tragedy. At the end we get a better understanding of wha
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Jeanette
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is a good writer. And she has a thorough and horrific story to tell.

I find it endlessly ironic that there are so many books written and discussed about past genocides of 50, 70, 80 years ago- and so little for the ones of the recent past or the exact present. Like this record by Nadia of the Yazidi, her people and what ISIS has done to them.

And that refugees from situations like this one (or like the ones against the Kurds) or against Christians in Egypt and other locations Mideast, or Syria
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Anne Goldschrift
Bitte lest dieses Buch! Es ist so wichtig, den Opfern des IS nicht nur eine Stimme zu geben, sondern ihnen auch zuzuhören. Das Buch ist wirklich schrecklich und grausam, aber so so bedeutsam und lehrreich.
Valerity (Val)
This wasn't an easy read for many reasons. It took a while to get all of the players straight in my head. First of all, the author comes from a very large family, plus her father married a 2nd wife and had more children. Then, there's the complication of her growing up in Kocho, Iraq and being part of the Yazidi religion. In an area with several different main religions, languages, and cultures all trying to live side by side.

It was a lot to absorb, but the things that go on are so compelling a
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aPriL does feral sometimes
‘The Last Girl’ is a well-written testimony as well as an autobiography. Nadia Murad is someone to be admired and praised for her courage and intelligence. What she endured, survived and overcame is almost more than one can bear to read. However, if any understanding of her ordeal and justice for her is to be obtained, we all must open our eyes and hearts and make the effort to take in her story. It is the only way we can give Murad the honor and love she deserves.

The publisher’s description is
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Nora|KnyguDama
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skaityti tikras istorijas, sukrečiančias gyvenimiškas patirtis - nuostabu. Nuostabu, o kartu ir skaudu. Ypač kai tos istorijos nėra apie laimę, sėkmę ar meilę. Kai tos istorijos pasakoja apie neįmanomą skausmą, pažeminimą, baimę. Esu tikrai jautri, ir skaitydama kiekvienoje knygoje palieku dalelę savęs, o knyga, savo ruožtu, apsigyvena manyje. Jau Knygų mugėje gavau "Paskutinę merginą", iškart čiupau ją skaityti. Perskaičiau greitai, tačiau apžvalgos sėdu rašyti tik šiandien. Kaip ir neseniai sk ...more
Janel
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Thanks for the free book, @CrownPublishing; it’s my pleasure to be a part of your monthly book send programme and provide honest reviews for the titles chosen*

In Northern Iraq, there lies the small village of Kocho; a small community of mostly farmers and shepherds. The Yazidi community live a quiet and humbling life; the people may not have much but it’s home. Until, the Islamic State militants invaded and tore this small city to pieces, and this small community realised no one was coming to h
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Maria Sol
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrible, terrible, terrible...
Tal vez para nosotros tan alejados, cultural y espacialmente, todo esto nos resulte increíble, mas una ficción que la realidad, sin embargo y lamentablemente para muchas personas esta es su terrible realidad. Es indignante, es indescriptible y genera tanta violencia mientra lo estas leyendo, que se hace necesario que nos paremos a pensar para no terminar siendo (aunque sea con el pensamiento) parecido a eso que nos esta causando tanto asco y horror. Todo lo que se
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Trena
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book did a great job educating me in things I had no knowledge of. I had no idea how divided the entire country of Iraq is and how the Yazidi people in particular have been murdered, abducted, sold and abused. The Islamic State is trying to completely erase their culture and religion.

Nadia writes very comprehensively about Yazidi way of life, her family, her village of Kocho, the geography of Iraq, the Kurds and the different peshmerga, and of course the story of being held captive by Islam
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Jenny Lee
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a tough read, not because it's badly written, or boring. It's ripe fill of raw emotion, hard truths, and things that people don't want to think about. This was eye opening, heart breaking and parts of me were shifted so far I don't think I'll ever stop thinking about this memoir.

This is a a true story, about a very recent, very serious and very terrifying experience. I was almost in tears through the whole book, and there were times I didn't want to go on because I didn't want to read
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Roxanne Russell
This book will gut you. What were you doing in the fall of 2014 while ISIS killed and enslaved thousands of Yazidi people while their neighbors watched? What useless quibbles were we having on social media while allowing this to happen? What is our astronomical military budget for if not to stop gangs of men from killing and raping an entire population? In Iraq. On our watch. A book like this leaves me feeling complicit, powerless and pointless. But that's lazy. We can help Nadia Murad with her ...more
Lori
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was a goodreads giveaway winner. I would give this a 4.5. This young woman has witnessed the horrors of ISIS. In 2014 her village was invaded by ISIS. They killed a lot of the towns people. Kidnapped the young women held them captive and raped them. Nadia was 21 when her family was taken by ISIS. Her brothers were killed and she was taken captive. she was tortured beaten and raped repeatedly. She escaped the ISIS monsters and with the help of a wonderful family that risked their how lives help ...more
Paul
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The only place that Nadia Murad had even know was Kocho in Northern Iraq. This small village was part of the Yazidi community, and most of the population there were farmer or shepherds. She had simple dreams, wanting to open her own beauty salon or become a teacher. The war in Iraq had affected them a little, but not much. However, in August 2014 everything was to change forever. That was the day that ISIS rolled into the village, separated the men from the women and children and slaughtered the ...more
Amanda Zirn
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It seems strange to use the word beautiful for THE LAST GIRL because it's so extremely raw and horrifying but Nadia's writing truly is beautiful. I read in complete disbelief while sitting on the edge of my seat for majority of this book. It's unfathomable to imagine Nadia's story, from the massacre of her village and being kidnapped by ISIS, to being sold as property over and over and being forced to convert to Islam, to eventually fleeing for her life and having to be smuggled back to safety. ...more
Ilonita50
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received the e-arc thanks to Duggan Books, thank you!

This is very powerful, brave and broken story at the times. It involves heartbreak and human race fall, powerful mass influence that goes on and on killing innocent humans who are respecting other cultures and their religions.

The book won't leave anyone ignorant, it is one of the many stories that has to be read and heard. People and the author who survived the mass horrible terror has a long way to go and live with the experience she was f
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Donna Wetzel
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you Goodreads for my copy of The Last Girl:My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad. This book was excellently written and a story that needs to be told. What most impressed me about this author and her story is the way she took complicated Iraq history and the history of her people and made it so easy to follow. The Middle East is a complex area with many different religions and languages and as you begin to read, you can understand why the war goes on ...more
Shana
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's been a month since I read The Last Girl and I'm still thinking about. Nadia writes with a devastating honesty that leaves you enraged and brokenhearted all at once.

I want so badly to write a lengthy review that adequately describes how deeply moved I was by this book but none of my words seem to measure up. Read Nadia's story. You won't regret it.

I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. This review was written voluntarily and reflects my honest opinion.
Susan Walker
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you were not afraid of Isis before you will be after reading this book. The things that the Author went through are horrifying. She writes so wellof her quiet childhood and the day that completely changed her life.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Netgalley #51

Many thanks go to Duggan Books and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. My many blessings go to Nadia Murad for sharing her story.
Murad grew up in a very close knit village in northern Iraq called Kocho united by religion known as Yazidism. This area of the world is home to Ottomans, Sunnis, Kurds, non Sunni Muslims, and even occupying Americans. The issue is ISIS. ISIS has participated in an ethnic cleansing in this part of the country. They
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Leigh Swain Tilman
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Nadia's story is powerful and heartbreaking, all the more so because of the straightforward way she tells it. With unflinching honesty, she tells the story of how her village was captured by ISIS and how most of her family were killed or captured and tortured. She survived a real-life nightmare and has somehow found the strength to continue fighting for her people. This is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about how ISIS effects the average person living in the region. Nadia Murad is ...more
Marika
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a must read. It is not a pleasant book but it is vitally important to remember what occurred in the fight against the Islamic State. Nadia's entire village, a Yazidi Christian community, was overrun by ISIS, with most of the men executed. Nadia was taken to Mosul and was forced to be be an ISIS slave. What is most disturbing is that people that lived in neighboring villages who were not Christian and were not targeted, did nothing. A reminder of what can happen when good people turn ...more
Lisa Ryan
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful account of the horrific actions of the Islamic State against a peaceful Yazidi village. The memoir is told through the eyes of a young girl who was sold into slavery to ISIS militants. This book was eye opening on a subject I knew very little about. Highly recommend.
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Nadia Murad Basee Taha (Sorani Kurdish: نادیە موراد باسی تەھا; Arabic: نادية مراد باسي طه; born 1993) is a German-based Yazidi-Iraqi human rights activist. She was kidnapped and held by the Islamic State for three months. In 2018, she and Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict." She is the ...more
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“Our faith is in our actions. We welcome strangers into our homes, give money and food to those who have none, and sit with the body of a loved one before burial. Even being a good student, or kind to your spouse, is an act equal to prayer. Things that keep us alive and allow poor people to help others, like simple bread, are holy.” 2 likes
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