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

A Different Kind of Daughter The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight Best Book of the Month 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

  • Title: A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight
  • Author: Maria Toorpakai
  • ISBN: 9781455591411
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Best Book of the Month 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 regi Best Book of the Month 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 EchoedMaria 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 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.

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    1. Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Every time there is a terrorist attack committed by someone who claims to be follower of Islam someone who claims to be a follower of Christianity wonders why all Muslims do not condemn the terrorist. Toorpaki’s book (written with the help of Katherine Holstein) should be required reading for such idiots. Toorpaki is a squash player from Pakistan, from the area of Pakistan where the Taliban has a presence, so needless to say her abilities draw death threats from [...]

    2. A compelling story of a girl raised in Pakistan who rebelled against everything. At 4 or 5 she gathers her clothes and burns them in a kerosene fire. From then on she goes about life as a boy. She cuts her hair short and wears her brother's hand me down clothes. The women's clothes make her literally break out in a rash. Her father renames her Genghis Khan and she rarely uses her given name of Maria and never dresses as a woman. Her parents are remarkedly progressive as members of a tribal cultu [...]

    3. Maria is Pashtun from the Wazir tribe (Waziristan is a district). This is her story, she is the narrator. It's a memoir until her mid-twenties. It's about her homeland in one sense (Pakistan), the Taliban in another. Several smaller towns and also Peshawar feature as places of locale as her family moves for safety or educational purpose. The rules for girls she rejects with a match and kerosene when she is less than 7. So she lives as a boy named Genghis Khan. She cuts her own hair razor short, [...]

    4. Very interesting reveal of life in Pakistan when you're a girl in a boy's body but happy to be a girl. What I didn't appreciate about this was that Maria didn't share how she felt -- the story dwelled around the expectations of the country, people and her family; where are the insights into who she is and why she is. Maybe I just missed this?The writing reminded me a lot of the Mahlala book, where it seemed that there was more than one 'voice' in the book. This is most distracting and makes the [...]

    5. This is the amazing story of an amazing woman.Maria grew up in Pakistan in Taliban controlled areas; her incredibly brave parents allowed her to live the first part of her life as a boy. This meant she could enjoy freedoms and a way of life she would have been denied by society were her true gender known. Her parents are devout Muslims and we see the differences in their interpretation of their religion and the radicals around them. Her mother in particular is an inspiring figure: travelling aro [...]

    6. This was an incredibly moving memoir of a girl from Pakistan who grows up to challenge the norm in startling ways. I can't imagine growing up the way Maria did. I alternated between awe at her parent's bravery and anger that people are forced to live this way due to hate. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for an insight into the lives of everyday people in Pakistan doing extraordinary things for what they believe in. I truly felt changed by reading this. For anyone who would like [...]

    7. I first learned of Maria Toorpakai's story from an evening news segment. Because I have recently been reading books about life in the Middle East and Islamic lives, I was extremely eager to read A Different Kind of Daughter. I was not disappointed as this book delivered in every way I was hoping it would. Maria Toorpakai was born in northern Pakistan in the Waziristan region, bordering Afghanistan. Waziristan is an extremely conservative region where women are closely guarded and often practice [...]

    8. 4.5 Stars! Beautifully written, must read tale of determination.This is story introduces you to Maria and her incredible family; who loved and supported their non-conventional daughter just as she was - encouraging her dreams and aspirations.Within her family Maria had the space to grow and become the champion we see but not within the Taliban regime where the belief is that women belong in purdah or within four walls; to defy this system is to live in daily fear. The things Maria saw as a child [...]

    9. An absolute treasure of a book! The account of a woman whose family believed in equality and education and pursuing a dream even while living in communities in Pakistan that severely restrict girls and women. Her father encouraged her spirit no matter the risk. I could not put this book down until I finished it, reading til 4 in the morning. The book describes her challenges as she adapted to each environment she moved to and eventually found her calling as a squash champion. Not only the danger [...]

    10. An incredible story. Well written and worth reading. My hat is off, not just to Maria for what she has accomplished, but to her parents. Read it and you'll understand why I say this. Amazing!!

    11. What a great story. I was so involved in Maria's life that I couldn't put the book down.She's a very interesting, brave girl. Her determination to excel in her sport (sports) is truly admirable and inspirational. I found it amazing though, that her educated parents thought it was just fine that she didn't go to school because 'she didn't like it', while her siblings all did attend formal education. I sure would have balked at that if I was her sibling, but that wasn't the case in her family. Lov [...]

    12. Inspiring, unbelievable, full of woman power - Maria Toorpakai is a hero and a role model for all girls around the world.---„Pakistańska córka” to opowieść o brawurowej odwadze, która przypomina nam, że istnieją na świecie jeszcze miejsca, w których jakiekolwiek równouprawnienie płci to tylko odległy, nierealny sen. To historia dziewczyny, która nie bała się, by taki sen śnić.

    13. Torn between 4 and 5 stars on this one so I'll give it a 4.5. What a story actually, what a family! Amazing people

    14. Presented this book to my book clubThese are the ideas and questions that I used:1. Did the book remind you of any other memoirs or biographies you've read?2. Does anyone know when the story took place? How old is Maria today?She was born Nov 22, 1990 in South Waziristan, a tribal region in NW Pakistan bordering Afghanistan- She is 27 years old.3. Memoirs can be written for a variety of different purposes, such as clearing up a misconceived notion, gaining fame and notoriety or promoting somethi [...]

    15. Excellent excellent book!! Such an amazing story it's hard to believe it's actually nonfiction. Maria has the most amazing parents that allowed her to become her true self all under the nose of the Taliban. I am so glad to read about wonderful Muslims, their hard work for the unprivileged girls and women in their country and their devotion to their faith. This is such an incredible story and I am so glad I read this book.

    16. One of the most powerful, haunting and inspirational memoirs I've read this year is " A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plan Sight " which I won through Giveaways and follows the courageous and touching struggle of Maria Toorpaki a tomboy born into the oppressive atmosphere of the tribal region of northwestern Pakistan. Wanting the freedom to spread her wings and to have the unconstrained freedom of a boy, Maria becomes "Genghis Khan" in her childhood playing sp [...]

    17. You will find her story amazing and compelling. She faces challenges most of us will never begin to know about or understand. She is relentless in her drive and great desire to be exactly who she is. Understanding what she lived through and how she is making a difference in our world is worth reading.

    18. I had always believed that the Pashtun people were a tall and noble people, but I had no idea that their females were as nothing and forced into seclusion, deliver their baby without trained assistance, or that the Pakistani version of a Taliban found all Pashtun disgusting and open targets for murder. But then, I also did not know that Pakistani sports teams were run by branches of the military, that Squash is the second most popular sport in Pakistan, which is also the most heroin addicted cou [...]

    19. A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai shows the terrors in the Middle East through the eyes of one brave woman and her courageous family. I started reading this a while back, but I often had to pull myself away to let everything sink in. Memoirs are difficult to review and rate, because these are real stories by real people, and it feels somewhat wrong to rate a person's life. Nevertheless, memoirs are also important to show the world as it really is, and Maria Toorpakai showed the thi [...]

    20. I never expected A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight by Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein to give me a greater insight into who I am at my core, but it did. I expected it to shine light on a culture I've never experienced instead it reminded me just how alike human beings are no matter where they live. Toorpakai doesn't shy away from the uncomfortable parts of her story. She goes into vivid detail about her journey to become her best self. She tal [...]

    21. This was an amazing book and I found it very difficult to put town.Maria Toorpakai was the middle child of a Pakistani tribal family. Her parents were both "misfits" within their families so their were paired together to marry. Her mother wanted to have a college education, something very rare for women, and her father felt that his sons and daughters should be treated equally. At age 4, Maria burned her dresses and cut her hair. After that her father gave her his older son's clothes to wear and [...]

    22. Everyone should read this book. Seriously. The world would be a better place. WHAT I LIKEDI'm not even sure where to start. I gave it 5 stars, so basically it's one of the best books I've ever read. Recently I read THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL, which is also a very good book, and I was kind of expecting this story to be a little bit like that. It wasn't. I got my ignorance slapped. Though neighbours, Pakistan is not like Afghanistan. I learned so much from this book, even though it never lectu [...]

    23. This is the story of Maria Toorpakai who grew up in the tribal regions of Pakistan, an area under heavy Taliban influence, and how she, with the help and guidance of her very liberal parents, eventually became a top-ranked squash player. In her home region, girls and women are heavily oppressed. The memoir was difficult to read in places as Toorpakai gives examples of this oppression and the violence done towards women who do not follow Taliban expectations. This was balanced by recollections of [...]

    24. The story of Maria Toorpakai, a world-class squash player who grew up in the tribal lands of Pakistan in the early 2000's.If you've grown up in the western world you probably take a lot for granted, including your ability to wear what you want, get an education, play sports, go outside, live your life. These are not liberties that can be taken in other parts of the world, and certainly not in the tribal controlled areas of Pakistan. Maria details how, at an early age, she started living out-worl [...]

    25. A memoir, the story of Maria's life is pretty amazing, and was a good depiction of life in Pakistan. However, I found the book a little slow. It told the entire story of her life from when she was four until now, instead of focusing on a certain time period.

    26. "Pakistańska córka" Marii Toorpakai świetna książka oparta na faktach. Maria główna bohaterka nie chce być dziewczynką, nie chce pogodzić się ze swoim losem, drzemie w niej buntowniczka. Ma cudownych bardzo postępowych rodziców, ojciec wykładowca, matka nauczycielka. Dziewczynka mając 4 latka pali swoje wszystkie sukienki i ubiera się w stare rzeczy swojego starszego brata. Rodzice dostrzegają inność swojej córki, nie utrudniają jej funkcjonowania w roli chłopca. Jest silna [...]

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