Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, will speak this weekend at our luncheon at the National Orientation Director's annual conference in New Orleans—and this reminded me of the books we publish about Afghanistan.
In The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of Kamila Sidiqi, the most unlikely of entrepreneurs under the Taliban. Desperate to support her six brothers and sisters at home and banished from Kabul’s streets by the Taliban, she started a dressmaking business in her living room which offered work to 100 women in her community. Gayle’s book has already been adopted by the University of Florida as its freshman classes’ common book—and it will be available in paperback in March 2012.
Martin Ewans’s Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics is "an intelligent and useful book . . . Ewans surveys the major episodes and controversies of Afghan history fairly and completely. . . . [A] concise, overarching narrative [that] fills a void.” (Washington Post)
In Opium Nation, Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing exploration of Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corrupt officials to warlord, child brides, and beyond.