kabul classroom memoir of an american teacher in afghanistan

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Kabul Classroom

Author : P.B. Travis
ISBN : 9780786476374
Genre : Education
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The author, at age 60-something, decided she was ready to do tackle something different, somewhere completely different. This book recounts the school year she spent in Kabul, teaching at the American University of Afghanistan. She tells of her life at the school, in the guesthouse, and out and about in the city--all within the security parameters necessary in a war zone. Life with the threat of kidnapping and bombings was not so easy.

Kabul In Winter

Author : Ann Jones
ISBN : 9781466827653
Genre : Social Science
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A sharp and arresting people's-eye view of real life in Afghanistan after the Taliban Soon after the bombing of Kabul ceased, award-winning journalist and women's rights activist Ann Jones set out for the shattered city, determined to bring help where her country had brought destruction. Here is her trenchant report from inside a city struggling to rise from the ruins. Working among the multitude of impoverished war widows, retraining Kabul's long-silenced English teachers, and investigating the city's prison for women, Jones enters a large community of female outcasts: runaway child brides, pariah prostitutes, cast-off wives, victims of rape. In the streets and markets, she hears the Afghan view of the supposed benefits brought by the fall of the Taliban, and learns that regarding women as less than human is the norm, not the aberration of one conspicuously repressive regime. Jones confronts the ways in which Afghan education, culture, and politics have repeatedly been hijacked—by Communists, Islamic fundamentalists, and the Western free marketeers—always with disastrous results. And she reveals, through small events, the big disjunctions: between U.S promises and performance, between the new "democracy" and the still-entrenched warlords, between what's boasted of and what is. At once angry, profound, and starkly beautiful, Kabul in Winter brings alive the people and day-to-day life of a place whose future depends so much upon our own.

The Kabul Beauty School

Author : Deborah Rodriguez
ISBN : 9781444731828
Genre : Social Science
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The Kabul Beauty School is a remarkable tale of an extraordinary community of women, all of whom have stories to tell, who come together and learn the arts of perms, friendship, and freedom. Arriving in Afghanistan in 2002 with nothing more than a beauty degree and a desire to help, Deborah Rodriguez set out on a course of action that would change her life and those of many Afghan women. The once proud tradition of beauty schools had been all but destroyed and with it Afghani womens ability to support themselves. As one of the founders of the Kabul Beauty School she set about training women and helping them rebuild their lives.

Reading Lolita In Tehran

Author : Azar Nafisi
ISBN : 1588360792
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading—Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita—their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi’s account flashes back to the early days of the revolution, when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. When a radical Islamist in Nafisi’s class questioned her decision to teach The Great Gatsby, which he saw as an immoral work that preached falsehoods of “the Great Satan,” she decided to let him put Gatsby on trial and stood as the sole witness for the defense. Azar Nafisi’s luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice. From the Hardcover edition.

My Afghanistan

Author : Jean Boyce-Smith
ISBN : 0964282887
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Twenty-two-years-old and newly graduated from college, the author and her husband set out on an adventure to Afghanistan. It is 1948, just three years after World War II and a year after the bloody Partition of India and Pakistan, and Ghandhi's assassination. It a time of distrust. Many Afghans want to modernize and see education in English as the key. The author and her husband are hired by The Royal Afghan Government to teach. This is their story.

Shooting Kabul

Author : N. H. Senzai
ISBN : 9781442401952
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

The Hundred Dresses

Author : Eleanor Estes
ISBN : 1417630744
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Because of her name and poverty, Wanda is the object of two schoolgirls' cruel teasing.

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