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  • For too long Afghan women have been depicted as merely the victims of war, repression, and extremist ideologies. Now for the first time we hear the voices of those Afghan women who for years have silently stood up to oppression and resisted. Cheryl B. has done a major service to Afghan women and women everywhere by letting us hear the caged birds sing. An enormously important book as the world sets out to help Afghanistan rebuild” ( Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban). 

  • THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini

    A story of a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul. The story is set against the backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarch through the Soviet invasion, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and U.S. and the rise of the Taliban regime.

  • The life story of an Afghan woman who started off as a Bacha Posh (a girl with short hair and in boys’ clothes) and even after puberty, did not revert to living like a girl. That makes her unusual. It was a difficult choice given the resistance she encountered from society, but she persisted, with support from her father. 

  • This author is an Afghan-American journalist who offers a revealing look inside a country torn apart – from corrupt officials to warlords and child brides – while revisiting her own family’s deep roots to the land (published November 2011). The author fled from Afghanistan at age 9 to escape the Soviet occupation. She spent several years traveling the country to interview Afghans involved in the opium trade which affects the daily lives of Afghans in a way that nothing else does. Tied to Nawa’s journey is a quest to strengthen her Afghan identity and reconcile it with her American self. Although comforted by her ability to “change nationalities, hiding one and bringing forth another”, she doesn’t feel like she belongs fully to either culture.

  • THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL, by Asne Seierstad

    A portrait of a proud man who through 3 decades and successive repressive regimes, heroically braved persecution to bring books to the people of Kabul. A revelation of the plight of Afghan women and a window into the surprising realities of daily life in “today’s” Afghanistan (2002). The author trailed various members of the Khan family for 3 months and produced a collection of vivid, disturbing portraits. She writes of a dusty, drought-stricken land where the grip of Islamic fundamentalism is receding and its people are in the midst of a cultural identity crisis… Against the backdrop of crumbling, bombed out buildings and dust, life happens: people gossip, lust for one another, eat candy, and hope for a better life…. (Johanna Bates, Bust).