I’ve mentioned before how I am terrible at geography. World politics is another area where my studies are lacking. So when all the drama happened recently with the US pulling out of Afghanistan, I knew I needed to do some work. And I knew that I wanted to start with the women. I kept picturing women in blue burkas, hiding in their homes, but these books and these voices taught me that Afghan women are so much braver, stronger, and more intelligent than the propaganda would have us believe.
A word of caution: These are not necessarily books you read for pure enjoyment. I did like some of them, but some were gut-wrenching. I read these to educate myself about life in a different culture. They also taught me how powerful women can be when faced with a totalitarian regime who wished they did not exist.