Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s earlier works will not be disappointed in this continuing story of a culture he knows well: the people of Afghanistan.
Imagine that food is scarce, money is even scarcer, education is not an option for women and freedom of anything - speech, religion, choice - no longer exists. This is Afghanistan in the 1990s, the world in which Fereiba now lives and she is desperately seeking a way out. She grew up in a better time where she was able to go to school, teach and live a respectable but free life. She recounts her childhood and growing up in a middle-class family while remembering her first love and how heartbroken she was when he married her sister.
Robert Gates provides a thorough, no-holds-barred accounting of his 4 ½ years as Secretary of Defense – 2 years under George Bush and 2 ½ years under Barack Obama. I was most interested to read his thoughts about our current president and, potentially, a future president (Hilary Clinton). Although Gates and Obama had their differences, he describes Obama as “presidential,” a man of personal integrity with whom he developed a strong relationship, one in which they “largely saw eye to eye”.
In Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil, Deborah Rodriguez offers an account of Afghan life from a unique vantage point as an American beautician serving local and foreign women in Kabul.
When 19 year old Travis arrives home on leave following a tour of duty in Afghanistan he feels out of place. His parents are getting divorced. His younger brother has stolen his girlfriend and his car.
In Sebastian Junger’s latest non-fiction adventure War, the author spends parts of 15 months embedded with American soldiers in one of the deadliest locations in Afghanistan. This is not a history of Afghanistan, not a commentary on US foreign policy, or a romanticized look at combat. Politics and culture are far removed from the daily lives of the young men Junger observes and emotionally bonds with in the Koren
Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea" is the most inspiring and entertaining book I have read in a long while - probably since I read "Three Cups of Tea" a few years ago. Greg's story of the thirst for literacy in Pakistan and Afghanistan, his developing relationships with the leaders of these remote communities, and helping them to build schools for their girls is an amazing story and one filled with hope for the future of their world and our world.
Stones into Schools: Promoting peace with books, not bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, picks up where the author’s first book, the best-seller Three Cups of Tea, left off.
A novice newspaper journalist recounts his experiences in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. He’s never been a foreign correspondent; he’s never been a war correspondent. So his reader will learn through him how to blindly set out to a war-torn country bereft of the simplest comforts…running water, for example. The heart of the book is the story of Garcia, a social worker turned journalist, and his friendship with his Afghan interpreter, "Bro". Each chapter is a series of vig