Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lipstick in Afghanistan

When we go back to school after Christmas, my World Litrature students will be reading The Kite Runner.  Since most of the book is set in Afghanistan, I'm always interested in reading books about that country.  I saw this one in Walmart and when I got home, I downloaded it.

Elsa Murphy grew up in a poor section of Boston helping her mother take care of her drug-addict sister's special-needs child.  She didn't have much but she did have lipstick that would make her feel pretty and empowered.  One day at the library she reads a magazine article about the starving children in Rwanda and she vows that one day she'll find a way to help them or others in need.

Once she becomes a nurse and both her mom and niece are dead, she travels to Afghanistan to begin a year of working in a Bamiyan clinic.  There she sees first hand what conditions are like under the Taliban.  I found it horrifying but interesting that people really think that way and treat women so poorly.

I couldn't put this book down and will have plenty of extra info to share with my students next month.

3 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I just received a copy of this one and so am glad to see you found it to be a worthwhile read.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Linda!

jalalHB said...

While surfing the net, the title of the book attracted me and thereafter your brief review.
I will try to get the book and read as its theme is appealing.
I am sharing the review in my hobby related blog Hobby Shobby at:
http://hobshob.blogspot.com/2011/01/lipstick-in-afghanistan.html

I would like to visit your blog often in future too.

zetor said...

This is definetely going on my wish list.