Dr. Rajaa Alsanea
, 25, on the University of Illinois-Chicago's Medical campus on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Dr. Alsanea is the author of "Girls of Riyadh," a controversial book that deals with the social pressures four women face in modern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The book was banned in Saudi Arabia immediately after it's original publication because of its controversial nature. Rajaa Alsanea grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She currently lives in Chicago and this is her first novel.