Thoughts on: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Arti­cle first pub­lished as Book Review: The Dress­maker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lem­mon on Blogcritics.

The Dress­maker of Khair Khana: Five Sis­ters, One Remark­able Fam­ily, and the Woman Who Risked Every­thing to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lem­mon is a non-fiction book which tells the story of a woman who started a suc­cess­ful dress mak­ing busi­ness under the Tal­iban in Afghanistan.  Not only did Kamila Sadiqi pro­vide hon­or­able employ­ment to her fam­ily and female com­mu­nity, but also a ray of hope in an oth­er­wise bleak existence.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— use the form at the end of the post to enter.

  • 288 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Harper (March 15, 2011)
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061732370

Book Review: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

My rat­ing for The Dress­maker of Khair Khana — 5

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The Dress­maker of Khair Khana: Five Sis­ters, One Remark­able Fam­ily, and the Woman Who Risked Every­thing to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lem­mon (web­site | Face­book | Twit­ter)  is a quick read, inter­est­ing and heart­warm­ing book. While short, the book pack­ages a strong story of per­se­ver­ance, fight­ing against the odds, help­ing the com­mu­nity and entre­pre­neur­ship combined.

This is an inspir­ing story of coura­geous women who are in a dan­ger­ous zone with­out men. The males either had to go away, were impris­oned or died while women were forced to be con­fined to their homes, wear a chadri and had to have a male chap­eron escort them around.

As some­one who pays atten­tion to the world around him and beyond the two oceans sur­round­ing these United States, I knew about the oppress­ing sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan pre-9/11, but one aspect that escaped me was the one the author depicted very were. Besides the daily ter­ror of not hav­ing any con­trol over the small aspects of one’s life (like going to the mar­ket or leav­ing your yard), the sheer bore­dom and depres­sion these women felt jumped off the pages.

The more I read the book, the more admi­ra­tion I felt towards Ms. Sadiqi. Not only because of her busi­ness prowess, but also because she cared about her com­mu­nity and cus­tomers – some­thing I feel we have lost on the US. Ms. Sadiqi pro­vided hon­or­able employ­ment, qual­ity prod­ucts and most impor­tantly, a ray of hope in an oth­er­wise unfor­giv­ing world to many women. The Tal­ibs knew about her busi­ness but turned an eye from it due to her qual­ity, work­ing within the guide­lines and con­tri­bu­tion to Afghan society.

So tell me, what inspir­ing book have you read lately?

Kamila Sadiqi is an enter­pris­ing young woman. Fear­less, inde­pen­dent and with a sharp mind, Kamila has to find a way to feed her fam­ily under Tal­iban ruled Afghanistan. All the males in Kamila’s fam­ily have either fled, died or too young to be of any con­cern to the Tal­iban she has to find a way to feed her six siblings.

Kamila starts her own stitch­ing busi­ness, hir­ing local women who are not allowed to work unless they are under the strin­gent reg­u­la­tions which the Tal­iban bru­tally enforces how and where women should work. Using her nat­u­rally given tal­ents Kamila doesn’t only sup­ply work and income for her fam­ily, but for the neigh­bor­hood grow­ing her busi­ness and inspir­ing others.

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  • Give­away ends: April 12, 2012

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TLC Book Tour for The Dress­maker of Khair Khana:

Tues­day, March 20th: Sea­side Book Nook
Wednes­day, March 21st: EmSun
Tues­day, March 27th: Patricia’s Wis­dom
Wednes­day, March 28th: Knit­ting and Sun­dries
Thurs­day, March 29th: side­walk shoes
Mon­day, April 2nd: Book Snob
Tues­day, April 3rd: Brandi Reads
Wednes­day, April 4th: A Book­ish Affair
Thurs­day, April 5th: Man of La Book
Mon­day, April 9th: Book Club Clas­sics!
Tues­day, April 10th: Word­smitho­nia
Wednes­day, April 11th: A Book­ish Way of Life
Thurs­day, April 12th: Lit and Life
Mon­day, April 16th: Bro­ken Teepee
Tues­day, April 17th: Library of Clean Reads
Thurs­day, April 19th: Book­NAround
TBDMelody & Words

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours

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