A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi is not the typical book that I read. It is set in a war-torn country, but it is nothing about war.  It’s a story about women in Afghanistan and how they survive in a male-dominated society. A bit about the plot from the publisher: For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home...

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The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

For a variety of reasons I won’t go into, I have been restless and having trouble finding books that really grab me.  Looking for something different I decided to buy The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya.  I can’t recall if I had read some positive reviews of the book or it just caught my attention at the bookstore.  But it seemed to offer something different from my regular reading and a perspective that might challenge me. Publishers blurb: Following a desperate night-long...

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Two Wars by Nate Self

Despite my history background, I am not one to read a lot of military history or focus on wars from the perspective of soldiers. My focus in graduate school was intellectual and diplomatic history. And when I read history now it is rarely focused on the military. Two things prompted me to read Two Wars: One Hero’s Fight on Two Fronts–Abroad and Within by Nate Self: 1) it was available for free on the Kindle for a period of time and 2) once I started reading it I couldn’t put...

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