April 19, 2013

However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy



Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: April 2013
Categories: Philanthropy & Charity, Women, Nonfiction
Source: HarperOne

Description:

In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.

This moving biography details Melching's beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and one of humanity's strongest voices for the rights of girls and women.

Inspirational and beautifully written, However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph is a passionate entreaty for all global citizens. This book is published in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, dedicated to accelerating innovations from organizations like Tostan that address the world's most pressing problems.


Molly Melching
My Thoughts:

However Long the Night is an amazing and inspirational story. Can you remember the last book you read that made you want to save the world? This one might just do it. 

I am in awe of Molly Melching (What could be more important than educating and empowering women?) and the things she has accomplished. Read this book and you will be too.

Much of this book is about Molly's campaign to end FGC. (Female genital cutting) The effects of this procedure are devastating. Reading about the work that Molly and Tostan are doing to enlighten the world about FGC was interesting and moving. It's not a pleasant subject, but it is a necessary one.

I hope you'll take the time to read this hopeful and optimistic book. 





“Melching’s incredible journey from Illinois to Africa, from graduate student to great humanitarian, is paralleled by the journey of the countless women touched by her work: a journey to understanding, empowerment and human dignity.”
 - Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

18 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this one. I like inspirational biographies, especially when they deal with situations and topics that are so devastating and should be rectified.

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    1. I learned a lot from this book. I was aware of FGC but not about the reasons behind it, or just how entrenched of a tradition it was/is. This is such a great book :) I'll look forward to your thoughts!

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  2. I think reading books like this one makes you so grateful for the people who are doing amazing work in this world. Thanks for telling us about this one! :)

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    1. That is so true! This woman, oh my word. I want to give her a big hug ;)

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  3. This reminds of Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. I am always so impressed by people that give of themselves in this way.

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    1. I haven't heard of that one. I'm going to look it up! Thanks for visiting :)

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    1. It really really is! Reading about these women was amazing :)

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  5. I am just going to take your reading list and copy it! You have been posting about the most amazing books. Now I want to read this one too. I need a book that gives me some inspiration and hope--sounds like this one just may be the one. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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    1. LOL Rebecca! That's a huge compliment, thank you so much! This is definitely inspirational and hopeful.

      You have a great weekend too!

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  6. This book really does sound good. Any book that makes you want to solve a problem is amazing!

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  7. However Long the Night sounds wonderful. Especially if it inspired you to want to help!

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  8. This sounds fantastic! I was intrigued after the first sentence, and then I learned that it is a real story, so I'm even more excited!

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    1. I was so happy for the women that Molly Melching helped. I was cheering for them throughout the book :)

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