The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

The Last Girl

New York Times Editors' Choice 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 becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.On August 15th, 2014, wh...

Details The Last Girl

TitleThe Last Girl
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherRandom House Audio Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, History, War

Reviews The Last Girl

  • Petra X
    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...
  • Jaidee
    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...
  • 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 a...
  • 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 Ya...
  • Mikey B.
    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 tr...
  • 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.
  • Jeanette
    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 Christi...
  • Nora|KnyguDama
    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. Perskai...
  • 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 abs...
  • 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...
  • Janel
    *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, an...
  • Dave
    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...
  • Maria Sol
    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 no...
  • Trena
    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 ...
  • Lori
    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...
  • Jenny Lee
    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 d...
  • Paul
    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 m...
  • Amanda Zirn
    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 h...
  • Ilonita50
    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 lon...
  • Donna Wetzel
    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 begi...
  • Susan Walker
    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.
  • Leigh Swain Tilman
    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 a...
  • Marika
    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...
  • Shana
    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 volunta...
  • Lisa Ryan
    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.
  • Alyssa
    About the BookIn 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 becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just t...
  • Cheryl
    Nadia Murad was a twenty one year old student who lived in the small village of Kocho, Iraq. The village was inhabited entirely by people of the Yazidi religion. They were a close knit community of farmers and small business operators when ISIS forces invaded in 2014. What happened next was the systematic destruction of the Yazidi culture from Iraq and other ISIS occupied territories. Men were pressured to convert to ISIS’ distorted interpretat...
  • Vicki Andrada
    There are some books that just speak for themselves, and this is one of these books for me. I can only say in this review that if you want to learn the worst of ISIS, you should read this book. Actually, I think people need to know about this. The author was in slaved by ISIS, and mistreated in the worst way a woman can be mistreated, with religion given as the excuse for it all. She is from a very small religious minority based in northern Iraq ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #51Many 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 ...