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A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight

Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein
Format
Book
Published
New York : Twelve, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781455591411 (hardcover), 9781478908890 (audio download), 9781455591404 (ebook)
Summary
"'Maria Toorpakai is a true inspiration, a pioneer for millions of other women struggling to pave their own paths to autonomy, fulfillment, and genuine personhood'--Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Maria Toorpakai hails from Pakistan's violently oppressive northwest tribal region, where the idea of women playing sports is considered haram--un-Islamic, forbidden--and girls rarely leave their homes. But she did, passing as a boy in order to play the sports she loved, thus becoming a lightning rod of freedom in her country's fierce battle over women's rights. A DIFFERENT KIND OF DAUGHTER tell of Maria's harrowing journey to play the sport she knew was her destiny, first living as a boy and roaming the violent back alleys of the frontier city of Peshawar, rising to become the number one female squash player in Pakistan. For Maria, squash was more than liberation--it was salvation. But it was also a death sentence, thrusting her into the national spotlight and the crosshairs of the Taliban, who wanted Maria and her family dead. Maria knew her only chance of survival was to flee the country. Enter Jonathon Power, the first North American to earn the title of top squash player in the world, and the only person to heed Maria's plea for help. Recognizing her determination and talent, Jonathon invited Maria to train and compete internationally in Canada. After years of living on the run from the Taliban, Maria packed up and left the only place she had ever known to move halfway across the globe and pursue her dream. Now Maria is well on the way to becoming a world champion as she continues to be a voice for oppressed women everywhere"--
Contents
  • Prologue: A Prophecy
  • One: Between the Mountains
  • Two: The Mullah
  • Three: An Unlikely Bride
  • Four: Genghis Khan
  • Five: Bhutto's Muse
  • Six: The Wall
  • Seven: The City of Guns
  • Eight: Deities, Temples, and Angels
  • Nine: Out of the Tribal Lands
  • Ten: The Capital of Empires
  • Eleven: I Am Maria
  • Twelve: Playing Like a Girl
  • Thirteen: Smoking Scorpions
  • Fourteen: Rupees for My Mother
  • Fifteen: The Giver of Treasure
  • Sixteen: Number One
  • Seventeen: In the Crosshairs
  • Eighteen: Purdah
  • Nineteen: Breakbone Fever
  • Twenty: Liberty Bell
  • Epilogue: One Thousand Marias.
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