This was one of my side posts but I've cleaning house, ahem, blog.
West of Kabul, East of New York by Mir Tamim Ansary: This is the first book about Afghanistan that explained what it's like to be bi-cultural. I felt pure joy and recognition when reading his book.
Kabul by M.E. Hirsch: How did she write such a true book and she's not Afghan? I think of her characters like they're my family. Oh, Mangal, Sarah and Tor.
The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk: A historical analysis of the imperial game played in Afghanistan...dry but my first step in discovering my culture.
Torn Between Two Cultures by Maryam Qudrat: A strong female voice, exploring being Afghan, female and Muslim in the U.S.
Return, Afghanistan by Zalmai Ahad: Powerful, stark photographs, helped remind me why I love Afghanistan so much.
Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini: I leapt into his book and came out in a fog. He drew me into his world so quickly and so completely that it was disconcerting to be out in reality.
Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi: Spare, strong and beautiful. I think of Dastiguir and weep. All of Afghanistan's suffering is in this spare book.
The Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi: A gift from my cousin and his wife. Melancholy and sweet - he knows Afghanistan well.
The Storyteller's Daughter by Saira Shah: She's brave, she started to explore Afghanistan at an age where I was just dreaming about it.