Driving the Saudis

Author: Jayne Amelia Larson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451640038
Release Date: 2013-10-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An ivy league-educated actress and film producer who worked as a chauffeur for members of the Saudi royal family during their visit to Beverly Hills describes her witness to their opulent lifestyle and the complications, contradictions and corruptions of their wealth. 35,000 first printing.

Driving the Saudis

Author: Jayne Amelia Larson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451640045
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The true-to-life account of a female chauffeur hired to drive the Saudi royal family in Los Angeles. After more than a decade of working in Hollywood, actress Jayne Amelia Larson found herself out of luck, out of work, and out of prospects. When she got hired to drive for the Saudi royal family vaca­tioning in Beverly Hills, Larson thought she’d been handed the golden ticket. She’d heard stories of the Saudis bestowing $20,000 tips and Rolex watches on their drivers, but when the family arrived at LAX with twenty million dollars in cash, Larson realized that she might be in for the ride of her life. With awestruck humor and deep compassion, Larson shares the incredible insights she gained as the lone female in a detail of more than forty chauffeurs assigned to drive a beautiful Saudi princess, her family, and their extensive entourage. At its heart, this is an upstairs-downstairs, true-to-life fable for our global times; a story about the corruption that nearly infinite wealth causes, and about what we all do for money. Equal parts funny, surprising, and insightful, Driving the Saudis provides both entertainment and sharp social commentary on one of the world’s most secretive families.

Daring to Drive

Author: Manal al-Sharif
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476793023
Release Date: 2017-06-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This is a memoir about living, loving, dreaming, daring, and driving while female -- in a country where it's dangerous to do all of the above. Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year strict fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence, she was religious radical, melting her brother's boy band CDs in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties, she was a computer security engineer, one of a few women working in a desert compound built to resemble suburban America. That's when the Saudi kingdom's contradictions became too much to bear: she was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her school-age brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving on Saudi streets. Manal-al-Sharif has written a memoir about the making of an accidental activist, a story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men -- and won.

Girls of Riyadh

Author: Rajaa Alsanea
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101202265
Release Date: 2007-07-05
Genre: Fiction

When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. Now in English, Alsanea’s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view. Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home.

The Saudis

Author: Sandra Mackey
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393324176
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

An updated portrait of Saudi life chronicles the nation's rise to world power status, citing the challenging transformations taking place there as a result of modernity, wealth, and terrorism. Original.

The Resilient Parent

Author: Mantu Joshi
Publisher:
ISBN: 1933084251
Release Date: 2014-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

The Resilient Parent combines honesty, humility and grit with wisdom, humor and spirituality to offer practical, digestible pearls of wisdom for parents of children with neurobehavioral special needs, like autism, ADHD, FASD, mental health diagnoses, intellectual and developmental delays, and any combination thereof. Sharing his own personal, honest experience as both the father of children with special needs, and someone with his own special needs, Joshi ends each chapter with reflections for the reader to consider in her own life. This book offers solid, practical advice for the parent of a differently-abled child and provides a guide for the path - no matter what religion, spirituality or disability - all in small chapters that can be read in less than five minutes, perfect for a busy parent.

The Other Saudis

Author: Toby Matthiesen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107043046
Release Date: 2014-12-22
Genre: Political Science

This accessible scholarly work traces the regional politics of the Shia in the Eastern Province of Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia since the nineteenth century. The first book in English on the topic, it casts new light on the survival strategies and political mobilization of the Shia community as it confronts the repressive machinery of the Saudi regime.

Joyriding in Riyadh

Author: Pascal Menoret
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139916486
Release Date: 2014-04-21
Genre: History

Why do young Saudis, night after night, joyride and skid cars on Riyadh's avenues? Who are these 'drifters' who defy public order and private property? What drives their revolt? Based on four years of fieldwork in Riyadh, Pascal Menoret's Joyriding in Riyadh explores the social fabric of the city and connects it to Saudi Arabia's recent history. Car drifting emerged after Riyadh was planned, and oil became the main driver of the economy. For young rural migrants, it was a way to reclaim alienating and threatening urban spaces. For the Saudi state, it jeopardized its most basic operations: managing public spaces and enforcing law and order. A police crackdown soon targeted car drifting, feeding a nation-wide moral panic led by religious activists who framed youth culture as a public issue. This book retraces the politicization of Riyadh youth and shows that, far from being a marginal event, car drifting is embedded in the country's social violence and economic inequality.

Heads in Beds

Author: Jacob Tomsky
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307948342
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A veteran of the hospitality business uses humor and irreverence to describe working in the industry, coming clean on the housekeeping department, the unwritten code of bellhops and what really goes on in a valet parking garage. 40,000 first printing.

Kingdom of Strangers

Author: Zoë Ferraris
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316201766
Release Date: 2012-06-05
Genre: Fiction

A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade. However, lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani is distracted by a mystery closer to home. His mistress has suddenly disappeared, but he cannot report her missing since adultery is punishable by death. With nowhere to turn, Ibrahim brings the case to Katya, one of the few women in the police department. Drawn into both investigations, she must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own. Portraying the lives of women in one of the most closed cultures in the world, award-winning author Zoë Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense around an elusive serial killer and the sinister forces trafficking in human lives in Saudi Arabia.

Inside The Mirage

Author: Thomas W. Lippman
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786742534
Release Date: 2008-11-10
Genre: History

"In Inside the Mirage, veteran Middle East journalist Thomas W. Lippman shows that behind the official proclamations of friendship and alliance lies a complex relationship that has often been strained by the mutual aversion of two very different societies. Today the U.S.-Saudi partnership faces its greatest challenge as younger Saudis, less enamored of America, rise to prominence and Americans, scorched by Saudi-based terrorism, question the value of their ties to the desert kingdom."--Jacket.

Saudi Bodyguard

Author: Mark Young
Publisher: Saudi Bodyguard
ISBN: 9781467502634
Release Date: 2011
Genre:

The working life of a bodyguard for the Saudi's and the unusual experiences he faced. Experiences of a bodyguard that worked with the upper echelons of the Saudi Arabian royal family and others. "Having known Mark Young for some time now, I have to say he is the most professional, diligent and knowledgeable security source I have ever worked with. His attributes as a high-level bodyguard/protection officer are unsurpassed . . . "SAUDI Bodyguard is a must read for all those fascinated by the world of intelligence and security operations. Mark Young is the man to tell this story." Jon King, Author: 'Princess Diana: The Hidden Evidence'. 'Cosmic Top Secret: The Unseen Agenda'. 'The Ascension Conspiracy: 2013'. "Mark Young has opened a door to a fascinating insight of greed and corruption in a world that most of us can only guess at." Albert Howard QGM Queens Gallantry Medal Provincial Police Award Gold Medal Citation High Sheriff of Greater London Certificate of Courage

In the Land of Invisible Women

Author: Qanta Ahmed,
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402220036
Release Date: 2008-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones. Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparralled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love. And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women.

Crossing the Kingdom

Author: Loring M. Danforth
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520964518
Release Date: 2016-03-29
Genre: Social Science

For many people, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia evokes images of deserts, camels, and oil, along with rich sheikh in white robes, oppressed women in black veils, and terrorists. But when Loring Danforth traveled through the country in 2012, he found a world much more complex and inspiring than he could have ever imagined. With vivid descriptions and moving personal narratives, Danforth takes us across the Kingdom, from the headquarters of Saudi Aramco, the country’s national oil company on the Persian Gulf, to the centuries-old city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast with its population of undocumented immigrants from all over the Muslim world. He presents detailed portraits of a young woman jailed for protesting the ban on women driving, a Sufi scholar encouraging Muslims and Christians to struggle together with love to know God, and an artist citing the Quran and using metal gears and chains to celebrate the diversity of the pilgrims who come to Mecca. Crossing the Kingdom paints a lucid portrait of contemporary Saudi culture and the lives of individuals, who like us all grapple with modernity at the dawn of the twenty-first century.