Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Publish Date: March 1, 2011
Source: TLC Book Tours
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You like true stories that read like fantastic fiction.
- You like strong women characters and you're all about girl power.
From Goodreads.com: "For fans of "Three Cups of Tea, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana," written by a former reporter for ABC News, tells the story of a fearless young entrepreneur who brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Afghanistan."
My Two Cents:
Most of what we hear in America about Afghanistan is limited mainly to what is going on in the war. We hear very few stories about the individual people that still call Afghanistan home with all of the turmoil within the country. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana does just that. Kamila and her four sisters find their country changing rapidly. Where once woman had freedom, the Taliban is taking it away sometimes quicker than it takes to change course.
Even though they are watching the woman of their country being increasingly repressed, Kamila gets her sisters to consider making dresses that they can sell in order to keep their family afloat. Not only that but she starts a sewing school to teach other women how to sew so they can support their families. And oh yeah, Kamila is just a teenager at the time. I guess I was really shocked by Kamila's young age! I know that at her age, I would have been too scared to stand up and take control the way that she did. She's oh so young and yet she's willing to take these incredible risks in order to keep her family stable and together. It's really amazing.
Even with the huge threat that the family faces at the hands of the Taliban if the Taliban ever found out that the women were selling dresses, the entire family devotes their lives to making clothes for the women in their city. The sisters do this even as they watch the Taliban beat their fellow women in the street. To say that the sisters are taking a great risk is an understatement. It makes it even more amazing that this is a true story! This is a really good book for those that love rooting for book characters. These sisters are the very definition of girl power.
It's stories like these that I wish we heard more of! Lemmon does a really good job of telling the sisters' amazing story in a way that absolutely enthralled me. I had to keep reminding myself that the book was based on a true story!
Bottom line: This is a great book about women's issues around the world!
Don't Forget to Follow the Rest of the Tour:
Tuesday, March 20th: Seaside Book Nook
Wednesday, March 21st: EmSun
Tuesday, March 27th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, March 28th: Knitting and Sundries
Thursday, March 29th: sidewalk shoes
Monday, April 2nd: Book Snob
Tuesday, April 3rd: Brandi Reads
Wednesday, April 4th: A Bookish Affair
Thursday, April 5th: Man of La Book
Monday, April 9th: Book Club Classics!
Tuesday, April 10th: Wordsmithonia
Wednesday, April 11th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, April 12th: Lit and Life
Monday, April 16th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, April 17th: Library of Clean Reads
Thursday, April 19th: BookNAround
TBD: Melody & Words
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