And the Mountains Echoed

When I heard that Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) had written a new book, I immediately had to look it up in my local library’s database.  Bah!! There were probably 70 holds. So I decided to wait til next year. Then, this past Thursday, I just happened to be at another library, glancing at the new book shelf, and there it was. . .And the Mountains Echoed.  I snatched it right away.

andthemountainsechoed I had a little more trouble getting into this book than Hosseini’s other two, but last night when I was about halfway done, I reached a point when I just HAD TO FINISH THE BOOK BEFORE I WENT TO BED. Josiah luckily was just as into his beekeeping book so I was able to finish it.

I don’t know what to say about it without ruining your reading experience. . . just that it is a beautiful story about family – messes and all. I love that I felt like I was traveling with the characters to Kabul, Paris, and San Francisco. My only regret while reading this book is that my favorite Afghan restaurant is not closer.




The Dressmaker of Khair Khana


Don’t run away if you don’t like sewing. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is not just about a seamstress. And don’t be afraid if you can’t pronounce the title. I can’t either. I loved this book.

Gayle Lemmon tells the true story of Kamila Sidiqi, a young woman from Kabul (in Afghanistan), who refuses to just sit inside her house and watch the Taliban take control of her city. Instead, she starts a business that not only supports her family, but empowers other women to support their families. Although Kamila knows the danger of what she is doing, she does it anyway. After starting the business, she had an idea of starting a school. So, she did. The next week.

I find her story inspiring. I am a dreamer, a thinker, and sometimes I don’t take the steps to follow-through. Kamila followed through.

Here’s an article for more information: How Fashion Saved My Family From the Taliban