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Virginia Lee Barnes

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Aman's story was originally compiled by Virginia Lee Barnes, an anthropologist (Ph.D., University of Hawaii), and upon her death in 1989, the manuscript was completed by Janice Boddy, distinguished professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto, who added an introduction placing Aman's story in its proper historical and social context.

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The Story of a Somali Girl
As told to Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $16.95

This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.  By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a... Read more >
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The Story of a Somali Girl
As told to Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy

Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 24, 2010
Price: $13.99

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