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Oct 2016: The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

Non-Fiction suggested by Janice

The author, a female Norwegian journalist, who was accepted into a Kabul family for three months, writes a first person narrative about Afghan gender roles, education, politics, religion, and culture.

Within the context of his society, bookseller Khan is an enlightened and liberal man; he reads widely and believes in freedom of thought and speech. But he is a product of a highly conservative society and a despot who forces his family to bind to his will.