Published March 20, 2012
Trade paperback, 304 pages
What an uplifting and inspirational book! It has made it to my list of best reads for 2012. This is a book that celebrates women as unheralded heroines, telling of their quiet courage, their grace under fire, and their determination to use their skills to survive in impossible situations. It is, in particular, the story of Kamila Sidiqi, who was but a teenager when Afghanistan came under Taliban rule, leaving her in the scary position of caring for her younger siblings when her father and brother were forced to flee.
Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing editor-at-large at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Her reporting on conflict and post-conflict zones— including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda—has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.