Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban

Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban

by Susan Fox

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ISBN-13: 9781935925217
Publisher: Peace Corps Writers
Publication date: 10/13/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 670,519
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Susan Fox has worked as a technical writer for a major consulting firm in the Chicago area, and is a member of the Literary Writers Network, currently serving as senior editorial assistant for their online publication, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, a nursing degree, and a certificate in technical writing from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Fox has been a keynote speaker at The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, hosted by Dr. Michael Spath, and has read excerpts from her book at one of Chicago's premier independent book stores, the Book Cellar. The opening pages of the book recently took honors in the nonfiction category at the Writers' Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.
Susan works at St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois, serves on the Human Rights Committee for Good Shepherd Manor in Momence, Illinois, and is a member of the Kankakee Valley Wind Ensemble. She lives in Momence with her husband Ken.

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Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about the triumph of the human spirit. Susan Fox paints a picture with her words about a group of young Americans that travel half way around the world to spend two years in a country with such a different language, culture and environment. And at that time few people in the west knew about or where Afghanistan really was on the map. Because of the warmth and generosity of the Afghan people the Peace Corps volunteer would bring home far more rewards than they were able to leave behind. Sue ties the past to the present in this remarkable and personal book. Please read it.
scampCM2 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of this book. Thank you, Susan, for this! However, I have not let this influence me in my review. 'Little Women of Baghlan' tells the story of the period of just more than two years that Susan Fox's great friend, Jo Carter, spent in the United States Peace Corps. I found this book to be interesting, informative and very enjoyable to read. Susan makes it a point not to be too political with her detailing of Jo's story, allowing it to be more a story from the heart of Jo's actual experiences with the people she met, especially during her major deployment to a remote village of Afghanistan, Baghlan. Although Jo and the two friends she shared a house with in Baghlan (Nan and Mary) certainly experienced difficulties in initially becoming accepted by the locals, finding a house (it was a case of who you know rather than what you know) and commencing the nursing school, they soon felt a warmth for the people of Baghlan. You soon feel that although the community of Baghlan may have been lacking in material riches, this was more than made up for through the richness of their kind hearts and souls. As a reader, it is hard not to feel love and empathy for the young girls at the school and even for Jo and Nan as they attempted to educate them in nursing practices. In the end, it is possible that Jo learnt more from the girls about life than they did from her about nursing. There are also numerous stories about their encounters with other local Afghanis and the way in which they were eventually accepted as 'us' rather than 'them'. As stated earlier, Susan tries to steer clear of much of the political matters of the time. However, she does contrast the 'westernised' culture with the Muslim Afghani culture. This helps the reader gain an understanding of some Muslim customs, something that is very much needed in today's somewhat broken society. We need to all accept that we are more similar to one another than different from one another and live with tolerance and acceptance rather than distance and fear. Susan does express Jo's empathy for the lives of Afghani women though and, in particular, their status (or lack of) within marriage. However, she does balance this with expressing why certain customs take place and how they may not be as bad as they appear on the surface. For instance, re arranged marriages, a young Afghani girl about to be married expresses that her parents know her even better than she does herself and, out of love for her, would find a partner who loved her and suited her. All in all, I found this book to be a wonderful read, written with great love and empathy for a beautiful, loving community. I am so glad that Jo Carter kept a diary every day as this enabled a wonderful story to be told. I am also glad that Susan turned it into a book which I enjoyed so much I truly did not want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You could tell this book was a labor of love.   The author Susan Fox made you feel as if you were submerged  in the country/ culture  and history.  I became involved with Jo, Nan, and Mary as if they were my friends   (main story characters) and I cared about them and their outcomes.  Lastly, I felt I was in a history class (in a   good way) learning about Afghanistan and the surrounding countries before the Taliban.   It would be great if more books could provide a history lesson as well as captivate.