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City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Thorndike Pr
Publication date June 29, 2016
Pages 578
Binding Hardcover
Edition Large print
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781410490209
ISBN-10 1410490203
Dimensions 0 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Original list price $30.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its buildings are made from mud, sticks, or plastic, its entire economy is grey, and its citizens survive on rations and luck. Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land, getting to know many of those who have come there seeking sanctuary. Among them are Guled, a former child soldier who lives for football; Nisho, who scrapes an existence by pushing a wheelbarrow and dreaming of riches; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education. In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Rawlence combines intimate storytelling with broad socio-political investigative journalism, doing for Dadaab what Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers did for the Mumbai slums. Lucid, vivid, and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home.

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Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (June 29, 2016)
9781410490209 | details & prices | 578 pages | List price $30.99
About: Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya, Dadaab is a city like no other.
from Picador USA (January 5, 2016)
9781250067630 | details & prices | 384 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Named a 2016 Best of Book of the Year by The EconomistTo the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Picador USA (January 3, 2017); titled "City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp"
9781250118738 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $16.00
About: Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace PrizeNamed a Best of Book of the Year by The Economist and Foreign AffairsLos Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistThe Dadaab refugee camp is many things: to the charity workers, it’s a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, a “nursery for terrorists”; to the Western media, a dangerous no-go area.
from Granta Books (February 5, 2016)
9781846275876 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $24.55
About: Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya, Dadaab is a city like no other.

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