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Book review of "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban"
The book "I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban" is Yousafzai Malala's memoir which has been co-authored by British journalist Christina Lamb and has been written in very gripping style with a powerful message.

The book has been written in chronological fashion narrating frankly the anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's Swat region who stood up to the Taliban bravely and fearlessly. The book brings to the fore the pressing issues such as right to education, freedom from extremism and women's emancipation.

With the banning of the book published by Little, Brown and Company in the US and by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK by many Muslim groups, its popularity went up due to the curiosity factor.

The book is the remarkable tell tale of Malala and her family uprooted by ugly global terrorism, her activism for girls' education, and family support in a patriarchal society that prizes sons over girls.

The book describes the barbarian acts of militants in hill regions and meanders through her life events as a young student and activist for girls' education. The book has been criticised by Islamic extremists and Malala has been called as an agent of the West against Islam since it fearlessly criticises the violence and subjugation of Muslim women.

Although the original book is of 320 pages and has mainly been written for the adult population of the English speaking world, an abridged quick-read version of the book spread over 64 pages has also been brought out for younger readers.

Also, an audio book edition, narrated by Neela Vaswani, is available. It had also won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Children's Album. The audio book has a lot of appeal for Asian listeners.

The book describes the courageous journey of Malala from the remote, oppressive and extremism-ridden Swat Valley in northern Pakistan to the United Nations to finally winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

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