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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan (Voice) Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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"For years, Suraya Sadeed has worked tirelessly to help the people of her war-scarred homeland. This terrific memoir is the story of her struggles, her sacrifices, and her hopes. It is the moving life story of a remarkable woman who has overcome personal tragedy and has made it her single-minded mission to bring hope, relief, and a measure of happiness to the brutalized women and children of Afghanistan."―Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
"I read this book in one gulp. I couldn't put it down. Suraya Sadeed is an amazing woman who has done what few others have dared, or cared enough, to do. Her life is inspiring, and so is her life story--this riveting, clear-eyed book."―Mir Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York
"Wisecracking beneath her burka, [Sadeed] talks her way into horrific refugee camps, creates a clinic for women (they must skulk in by a secret door) and illegally starts a girls' school in a windowless basement. This former businesswoman turned full-time activist lives what she fervently believes: that education is more powerful than 'the bullet and the bomb.'"―More
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Equally unfazed by an audience with the late king of Afghanistan, a luncheon with former President G.W. Bush, or a confrontation with a Kalashnikov-toting Talib on an eerie glass-shattered Kabul hotel balcony, Sadeed never loses sight of what is real.Read more ›
The second thing of note is the proof from her childhood and schooling that Afghanistan was and could be a stable and prosperous country again. As a military veteran of Afghanistan, I've heard from too many people that Afghanistan has and always will be a lost cause but this book refutes that uneducated viewpoint once and for all.
I highly recommend the book for those interested in Afghanistan and/or an inspiring and fascinating story of someone who is making a difference in the world.
This is the kind of book that will keep you reading it until you finish it. Be prepared to have that kind of time when you start, because you won't want to stop reading this once you get started.
Suraya Sadeed does an amazing job with telling her story about being an Afghan refugee, and then coming back to the country to find how much things have changed for the people she once knew there. Most Americans don't get such a look into the lives of the people in Afghanistan, especially how the women there are treated. This book will change your views on people there, and give you much to think about your own life as well.
It is an inspiring tale that really shows just how strong this woman (and others like her) is that can go in and help make positive changes in the world. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.
* Thank you to the publisher of Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, Voice, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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I just had the pleasure of reading this book. My daughter is on the board of the "Afghan Women's Writing Program", and she wanted me to read this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bronte
a classic example of what it takes to survive and put it in writing.Published 21 months ago by Dennis R. Bruzina
Captivating and inspiring! This memoir is a wonderful example of how influential one person can be.Published on July 3, 2014 by JoAnna Hoadley
"Drop by drop a river forms" is the inspiring theme. Little by little and never giving up on what one believes is what anyone will walk away with upon reading this. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Kim P
I loved this book. It was great reading. I will put it aside and read it again in a few years, as I do all my favorite books.Published on April 13, 2014 by Ameena A.
Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse took me back to the time and place I experienced years ago. It showed the challenges existed when the author traveled to the country and... Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Nooria Faryar
I learned so much Bout Afghanistan, the Afghan people, the Taliban, their culture and all the horrible suffering that has occurred in the past 30 years there. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Kelly A. Finn
I could not put this book down...read it all in one night. Suraya Sadeed is a true hero. Buy it!Published on May 21, 2013 by TasteOnABudget