Join us for the Book
Discussion Sunday, November 23rd
We will be reviewing Gayle Tzemach Lemmon "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana". If you are interested in being a host and/or facilitator or need a ride, contact De'Anna Ernst at 225-926-7389 or email BatonRougeHadassah@gmail.com.
||The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation. Afghanistan's future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana moves beyond the headlines to transport you to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.
Suggested selections for future Selections are:
- “In the Shadow of the Swastika: A Girl Comes of Age
in Nazi Germany” by Rebecca Malone
- “The Aleppo Codex: A
True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible” by Matti Freidman
- “Not I” by Joachim Fest
“My Promised Land: The Triumph
and the Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit
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and a Facilitator for each Book Discussion.If you are willing and able to do either, contact DéAnna Ernst.