Seniors Program Glenview – Book Club – Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening

Book Club – Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening
Monday, 11/26
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player.

Please note that your cassette will contain two novels – we are only discussing the first one.

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 a religious radical, melting her brother’s boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties Manal was a computer security engineer, one of 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 the garage, she was forbidden from driving on Saudi streets.

Manal al-Sharif’s memoir is an eye-opening account of the making of an accidental activist, a vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men—and won. Daring to Drive is a brave, extraordinary, heartbreakingly personal celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a testament to how women in Muslim countries are helping change their culture, one step at a time.


Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.