From Alexus Haddad
Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
This book tells of the hard life and history in Afghanistan. Amir is a wealthy Pashtun boy who has two servants, a father and son. The servant\’s son is named Hassan, and is a Hazara. There is ethnic diversity in Afghanistan. Those who are Hazaras are usually treated unfairly. Amir and his father escape Afghanistan and migrated to the US, where they made a new life there. Amir learns the hardships of life. Amir soon finds out, after his father’s death, that Hassan was really his brother and that his son, Sohrab is in Afghanistan, where the Taliban has conquered the government. Amir ends up saving Sohrab. The story ends in a full circle, where Amir is flying a kite, like he used to with Hassan in their youth, during an Afghan tradition.
From Chelsea, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Gleeson, Libby
Mahtab’s Story, by Libby Gleeson, is inspired by a true story. Mahtab’s life in Herat, Afghanistan is perfect. She is well educated, has a nice home, and is surrounded by friends and family. However, her life gets turned upside down when she gets forced to secretly but quickly move to, in her perspective, the faraway land of Australia. With her father missing and her journey to a faraway land this book will show you the real life story of being a refugee, living in constant fear and grief.
This book is truly amazing and will make you take a second look at life.
From Dennis Murphy
author: Luttrell, Marcus
A true story of a Navy Seal team and their battle in the mountains of Afghanistan. This book details the events that eventually lead to the largest loss of life in Navy Seal history. Marcus Luttrell tells us of the courage and shares with us his first hand insight into the lives of those lost. This book is tough to put down and really leaves the reader with a true sense of pride and patritism. God bless our troops.
From Chris Garland
author: Krakauer, Jon
Where Men Win Glory : The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
The odyssey of Pat Tillman is a uniquely American tragedy. After the attacks of 9/11 he felt compelled to defend his country. He left a loving wife and a lucrative career as a professional football player to join the military, only to die in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.
Tillman was not your typical jock. He challenged himself intellectually as well as physically. He lived by a set of principles that money or love could not supplant. Jon Krakauer (author of previous bestsellers “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air”), merges the history of the United States
adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan with Tillman’s life, creating a compelling story.
From Ellen Druda
The new story of hope is the awakening of the poor to the opportunity of microloans. This film focuses on two particular groups of women. In Bihar, India, Sister Mary Lobo has given the poorest of the poor, the Outcasts, empowerment by teaching them the basics of personal economics. The women work and save and eventually qualify for small loans that they can use to improve life for themselves and their children. In Kabul, Afghanistan, the women recall their lives before and after the Taliban. Their terrible misery under the fundamentalists has given way to glimmers of hope through microloans to build small businesses that provide food, stability, and a sense of self-worth. The larger lessons in this beautifully filmed documentary are about the common wishes of women everywhere, rich or poor: the desire for personal and familial independence, the need to make life better for their children, and the importance of helping one another reach these goals.