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By Tererai Trent
288 pages; Atria/Enliven

At age 11, the Zimbabwean Trent was married off to a man who regularly beat her. By 18, she had four children, and at 22, despairing that she'd never leave her native village, she buried her precious goal of a higher education—she wrote down her wish, tucked the paper into a can, and covered it with dirt. But as her remarkable memoir/manifesto reveals, she went on to earn a PhD and launch a foundation to empower women. "We are a global matriarchal collective of...dreamers" who can "heal nations," she proclaims.