I am on a semi-news fast, as the hatred and jubilant celebration of death makes me feel a bit ill, especially when many of the comments I see are directed more against types of people based on race or country. I would like to suggest a short book that takes place in Afghanistan, a reminder of how similar we all are. Don't worry, it's not overly political in nature, it reads like a fiction, but is true.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. I finished it a day before Bin Laden died. Takes place in Afghanistan as the Taliban is taking over, and the struggles that women go through trying to keep both their family and their country together. Point of view is from the woman's side, struggling against the Taliban rule while trying to keep siblings fed in a war devastated city (but in an uplifting way!), a point of view that often get overlooked or only shown in negativity. It's not a long read, and the audio book version is good as well- I listened to it while I was working. It's not a book that is trying to be super political, but rather I think does a good job showing how everyone in the world has the same goals- safety, shelter, happiness.
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