Christine’s July Suggestions

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan – by Jenny Nordberg

kabul coverIn Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for The New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

crazy rich coverCrazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

New Yorker Rachel Chu envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry, but her boyfriend Nick has failed to give her a few key details: that his childhood home looks like a palace; that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

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