Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan

Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan



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ISBN-13: 9781401341312
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Suraya Sadeed was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and immigrated to the United States after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. She founded Help the Afghan Children in 1993 as a response to the humanitarian crisis she witnessed on a trip to her home country during the height of the Afghan Civil War. Since then, Suraya's work has been recognized and honored at the highest levels of government in both Afghanistan and the United States. She has appeared on such programs as the Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC's Weekend Today Show, and her story has been written about in Readers Digest and the Los Angeles Times Magazine as well as a film documentary Inshallah, Diary of an Afghan Woman, produced for the Oxygen Channel. In March of 2006, Suraya's work was recognized by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House for her work in Afghanistan.

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"Living in the West had given me every material thing that I could have wished for, but at the same time I had lost so much of what makes life worth living. In America my happiness was determined by the interest rate or the state of the housing market. If the interest rate fell, I was happy because I'd have to pay less on my home loans, and likewise if property prices rose. I had lived by that mantra.

Somewhere on the road to Jalalabad I had come back to myself. I had realized that I couldn't measure my happiness by numbers alone. I had helped countless refugees. And what I had gotten in return— experiencing the joy of helping others—was immeasurable. I could feel a new kind of happiness burning in my heart."
From Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue: Lessons by Lamplight (1997) 1

Part I Finding Hope in a Lawless Land (1993-1995) 15

1 Help the Afghan Children 17

2 The Beginning 29

3 The Camel Road 39

4 The Devil's Flowers 53

5 The Edge of Darkness 63

6 The Widow Camps 79

7 City of Ghosts 93

8 A Promise to Fatima 107

Part II Under the Iron Fist of the Taliban (1996-2001) 117

9 The Tree of Amputations 119

10 It Is What It Is 133

11 Stoned and Flying Out Here 145

12 The Day the Earth Turned Angry 157

13 Life and Love 169

14 Young Enough to Wed 183

15 New York Comes to Kabul 193

16 Singing with the Taliban 203

17 The Kindness of Strangers 219

Part III Battling for Hearts and Minds (September 2001-Present) 225

18 The Darkest Day 227

19 The Wrong Side of the Border 241

20 The Boy Who Killed the American 251

21 The Gift of Learning 263

Epilogue: Drop by Drop a River Forms 279

Afterword 281

What People are Saying About This

Mir Tamim Ansary

"I read this book in one gulp. I couldn't put it down. Suraya Sadeed is an amazing woman who has done what few others have dared, or cared enough, to do. Her life is inspiring, and so is her life stor—this riveting, clear-eyed book." (Mir Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York)

Khaled Hosseini

"For years, Suraya Sadeed has worked tirelessly to help the people of her war-scarred homeland. This terrific memoir is the story of her struggles, her sacrifices, and her hopes. It is the moving life story of a remarkable woman who has overcome personal tragedy and has made it her single-minded mission to bring hope, relief, and a measure of happiness to the brutalized women and children of Afghanistan." (Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner)

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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was well written, compelling & inspiring and i got a real insight into the lives of the people written about in the book, this is a story that will stay with me my whole life, i highly recommend this book, and it is now my favorite book to buy as a gift!
Beamis12 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
An amazing book by an amazing woman, but hits book covered some of the same ground as ground as [book:The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe|10809174] especially how tough it was for woman with the Taliban in charge. I did like how at the end she tells of some of the impact the US has had in 2001 and how things have changed, at least in Kabul.
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