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The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel | Nadia Hashimi
A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women, destiny, and identity in AfghanistanKabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable . . . freedom that will transform her forever.But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same waythe change took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king's palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul.Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams. What will happen once Rahima is old enough to marry? How long can Shekiba pass as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?
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oreoiif

"May Allah give [my daughters] courage when they are told they are out of line. And may Allah protect them when they seek something better, and give them a chance to prove they deserve more."

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MelKelsey
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Pickpick

Set in Afganistan, this novel vacillates between the story of Rahima and her great great grandmother, Shekiba. Both women struggle with their families and with the roles of women in their culture. They dream of more, but find themselves unable to effect change in their own lives. The storylines are enthralling and emotionally taxing.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Leisure
#LetsTravelJuly

I need more bookshelves!!!!

🌹🌼🌻📚🤗

Crazeedi Beautiful flowers! And bookshelf! I never have enough shelves, lol😉 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Crazeedi thank you!!! 😘💗 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Me too! 😬 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Same here! 😅 Misty, I received your card today, thank you! Love the pretty doors on the card..I‘ll write back soon! And I hope you‘re getting out of your reading slump 🍀💜 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie! It‘s getting better 😘💗 4mo
kspenmoll Me too! I have books in boxes🤪 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll it‘s getting out of control!!! 🤣🤣 4mo
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Pickpick

This book will make you hopeful, sad, and angry at the same time!You realize that these women have been programmed to treat each other harshly as just another mechanism for their oppression.How can women change the system if they can‘t even help each other!? child brides, women‘s rights, political unrest, international interventions in their politics, tradition vs progress, a fundamentalist society, etc.ends with a ray of hope for Afghan women.

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Texreader
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A reminder that the violence against women portrayed in this book is very real; this murder was just this weekend. 😥

TrishB 😢😢 6mo
Weaponxgirl 😢😢 journalists are living in scary times atm esp women 6mo
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I finished this book sometime ago but have been struggling with how to write my review. I wasn‘t happy with the ending (I wanted to know more about what happened next I think?), but I also think it ended precisely where it should have. An incredibly well written book and an important story for everyone to read about how women in parts of the world are still treated. The audio was beautifully made. But, alas, the ending left me flat. 👇🏻

Texreader Maybe another reason it left me flat: I‘ve no doubt, but I‘m so saddened, about how women can hurt one another so badly. I‘ve had a few in my life and it‘s a devastating truth that rather than giving support in what are already trying times, some women can only make things worse for other women. This book emphasized this sad truth. 6mo
CouronneDhiver I really love Hashimi‘s books ... so good! 6mo
Texreader @CouronneDhiver Good to know. I‘ll definitely read more. Her writing was so good. 6mo
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Texreader
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Audiocleaning marathon update: I‘m exhausted. Book is very good (if not so disturbing about how females are still treated in Afghanistan) and the narration excellent. Couldn‘t be doing all this work without it.

TheBookHippie I loved this book. 7mo
Texreader @TheBookHippie I so hope it gets better for the women!! 7mo
CouronneDhiver I love Nadia Hashimi‘s books soooo much. Hope you enjoy this one! 7mo
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TheBookHippie @Texreader it‘s really sad. I tutor Pakistani refugee families and it‘s astounding the lack of rights for girls and women. 7mo
Tamra I‘ve been reading to read this for so long! 7mo
Texreader @TheBookHippie 😥💙💙💙 7mo
Cathythoughts What a title ✨✨✨✨ 7mo
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Texreader
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Audiocleaning at the lakehouse this weekend. I think this house has too many rooms!!

TheSpineView If you need more to do you can help me!?! 😋 7mo
Texreader @TheSpineView Bwaahahhaaa 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
Crazeedi That's some lake house! Do you need a caretaker to stay there??😘😉❤ 7mo
Texreader @Crazeedi I sure feel that way when I‘m having to clean it! Ordinarily I break up the tasks between visits but I‘ve been lazy...I love coming here NOT to work. 7mo
Crazeedi @Texreader I'm sure you'd rather relax than clean. Hope you get to kick back and enjoy! We are headed to our 2 wk vaca at a cabin by the lake may 15, I have to take everything, so I'm already packing! 7mo
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Shamzi
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My manager caught me reading during the shift. He smiled and moved on. What shall I make of the smile!!??

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WhiskeyMistress
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Pickpick

Guys, my August TBR list is dead haha. I keep getting distracted with other books! But this was worth it. This book was frustrating and uplifting and kept you so invested in the characters!

Shamzi This is a really good read!!! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A book waiting for me on my shelf.
#AugustIsATrip #Afghanistan

vkois88 Beautiful cover 1y
Andrew65 @vkois88 I agree, love the colours. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Waiting for me too ❤️ 1y
CouronneDhiver So good! 1y
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Insightsintobooks
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I got this yesterday and after seeing it on Litsy.

huntersmom1977 I hope you enjoy it! She‘s an amazing author 🤗 1y
nu-bibliophile Looove❤❤ So good! 1y
CouronneDhiver Great choice! 👍🏽 1y
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TheBookHippie
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This is really good so far...

Insightsintobooks I got this for 1.99 on a kindle deal. I haven't started it yet. 1y
janeycanuck This book is soooo good, hope you enjoy it. Did you know she‘s running for Congress in the US? 1y
TheBookHippie @janeycanuck Yes!!! I'm half way in, it's so good!!! 1y
TheBookHippie @Insightsintobooks it's wonderful . 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Tbr
#DiverseSpines

I‘ve heard great things about this author!!

Weaponxgirl I think I have this on my kindle too 1y
Samplergal I‘m going to get into this soon. It looks so good. 1y
janeycanuck This is SUCH a good book. And she‘s running for Congress!! 1y
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nu-bibliophile Good story! 1y
ephemeralwaltz It's on my TBR! Look so good. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ephemeralwaltz I have 3 of hers that I haven‘t read yet 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @nu-bibliophile 👍🏻🙌🏻 1y
mrp27 I've been wanting to read this one! 1y
janeycanuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yup, as a Democrat in Maryland. She‘s the first Afghan-American woman to run! 1y
minkyb Excellent book! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb yay!! Have you read her others? 1y
minkyb No(sigh) just this one. But I would read others! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb I have them... ughhh I‘m so behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1y
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nu-bibliophile
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So good but so sad too. ?

"The human spirit, you know what they say about the human spirit? It is harder than a rock and more delicate than a flower petal."

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nu-bibliophile
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I'm excited on starting this. I was told it had similarities to the cartoon movie The Breadwinner.

MuddyPuddle The Breadwinner Is one of my favorite books. I‘ve read it aloud to many fifth grade classes. (edited) 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#YAWednesday #culturediversity
This novel weaves together the stories of 2 generations of Afghan young women, set apart by 100 years in a war-torn country, their plights almost identical and both share the same courage and optimism. 👇

erzascarletbookgasm It explores the tradition of ‘bacha posh‘, where girls are allowed to wear male clothes, adopt boys' names & enjoy privileges accorded to boys until they reach puberty. In a society where women's lives were so constricted under the Taliban that they couldn't even walk unescorted down the street, these girls enjoyed their freedom posing as boys. The protagonist enjoyed this freedom till she was forced to marry a warlord at age 13. (edited) 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @erzascarletbookgasm wow this sounds so interesting! I have never heard of that before- stacking and can‘t wait to read! Thank you! 💜 1y
CouronneDhiver This was a good one! 👍🏽 1y
minkyb A worthwhile read! 1y
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Samplergal
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I am not making any specific suggestions for actual books as I seem to not be able to keep my goals. So 12 books 📚 is iffy enough to cover my goal. Does anyone ever read the books you select on the first of the month? #juneGoals

Lcsmcat I usually end up reading one or two from my list, but only because I “stack” the list with book club selections or buddy reads. 😀 1y
Samplergal @Lcsmcat I can usually get one or two and only one month have I read all but one. 🤣 1y
bookandbedandtea Only rarely do I read the books I plan; as soon as I "assign" myself a book I seem to lose interest in it. ? 1y
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Samplergal @bookandbedandtea 🤣. Maybe that‘s it. Homework was never loved. 1y
Tamra I am a mood reader, so definitely no plans unless it‘s a buddy read. 1y
C.Perone I‘m too much of a mood reader to even try lol 1y
DGRachel Very rarely do I stick to my initial list. I‘m usually happy if I get through half of the ones I say I want to read at the beginning of the month. The joys of being a mood reader. 😂 1y
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kidamy
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This was so good, I was shaking reading the last few chapters. I feel like I was late to the party on this one, but if you've not read it yet, I highly recommend it.

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kidamy
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There's a "potentially historic" amount of freezing rain in the forecast today, but I think I'm well equipped. ?

candority The way they‘re describing this storm is a tad bit ridiculous! But I‘m glad to see that you have the essentials 😊 2y
MelissaSue81 We are getting freezing rain too! Except I don‘t see any yet. 2y
kidamy @MelissaSue81 How about now? 2y
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kidamy @candority How is it where you are? 2y
MelissaSue81 We got some ice overnight.. seems to have turned back to rain by now . 2y
candority It‘s gross, but it‘s by no means ‘historic‘. It‘s more like hail than freezing rain. We lost power at some point in the night, but it‘s all back running this morning. 2y
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kidamy
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Year-end at my 9-5 "side hustle" has really been cutting into my career of drinking and reading.

I'm loving this book, btw.

janeycanuck Yay, glad you‘re enjoying it!! 2y
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Jeanne_S
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Pickpick

Hard to find hope in it.

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TheBookHippie
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! @alleyfam51699
Ohmyword!!! I love it ALLLLL!!! A million thanks! What a wonderful way to start the morning ! Happy Valentines! #cupidgoespostal

Maria514626 The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is amazing! Vinegar Girl is great, too. And much more fun! 😁 (edited) 2y
BibliophileMomma Pachinko was so good. 2y
alleyfam51699 Yay! I‘m so glad you like everything. 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Cute bookmarks! 🌵 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great reads there! 2y
Jess7 Vinegar Girl is on my radar and I hope to read Pachinko soon too!! 2y
Bookmarkie Yes, Pachinko is a great one 2y
Avanders Wow!! 💋💖🌸 2y
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Robothugs
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#Overcome #TuneIntoNovember

Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2yQbbT6
Day 21: is not on Spotify: Jared & The Mill.
Remember that you do not need Spotify to see the playlist!

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CouronneDhiver
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Pickpick

Gorgeous and graceful.

I love the tradition, dignity and perseverance represented in Hashimi‘s novels... her female lead characters are always so profound.

She‘s made me fall in love with the exotic beauty of Afghanistan once again.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Tamra Been on my TBR for a long time! 2y
SilversReviews I have this. Sounds good. 2y
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That was her escape, I realized. Where her body couldn‘t take her, her mind went.

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kelseynicburke
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Home in Cape Breton for Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoying this unreasonably hot October day in my favourite reading place ❤️❤️#turkeyday

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#tearjerker #awesomeautumnbooks

From my tbr shelf ❤️

Anyone read these?

CocoReads I've read The Pearl but not the others. Yet. 2y
CocoReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes, I loved it even as I was sobbing over it. 2y
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Yeah_I_Read I loved all 3! When the Moon is Low was my favorite. Definitely some difficult topics but very relevant and important 😊😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CocoReads I've got so many to read!!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Yeah_I_Read they all look really good! Sad, but good! I've got to get to them!! ❤️ 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks "Moon" has stuck with me in particular bc it really put a face and story behind the Syrian/Afghani refugee crisis for me. I liked "House" bc it shows how far a woman will go in order to protect her children. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That's how I felt about 💔 2y
minkyb "Pearl" is quite good. (edited) 2y
Tamra Pearl has been in my stacks awhile - heard it's quite good. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb yay!! I'm going to try to move it up!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra mine too!!! 😩😩 2y
Christy2318 The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is excellent!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Christy2318 great!! Thank you!! 2y
CouronneDhiver Me! That top one is great. I just mailed a copy to @candority a little while ago 2y
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MarticaMustRead
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💝📚📚😍📚📚💙😍❣ #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookwormProblems #BookStacks #BookishThings #BookCoverLove

I'm getting new tires here at Costco, and they told me it'd take about 2 hrs.

So obviously, the first thing I did (after scoring some free food samples😋), was find and swoon over the book selection....💓.

At $9.99 a pop, I might have to allow myself a #LitsyPartyOfOne treat & get Hashimi's #Historical novel (it has a4.12 🌟GR rating)!🤗

dariazeoli I got new tires today, too! Now I feel grateful that the wholesale place takes 1/2 an hour. I could do some damage with a couple hours at Costco 😁 2y
MarticaMustRead 😆 @dariazeoli I'm sure u could! I was very good & stuck to just 1 book since I literally just did an unhaul last weekend, lol. 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
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Read 3 novels and 3 plays in August. These were all very good. Now on to my September pile! Happy reading everyone 📚❤️

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CocoReads
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1. A friend and I at a concert 2. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell-Nadia Hashimi 3. Mostly sunny, mid 70s 4. Hidden Prey by John Sandford 5. Family cookout at my sisters #humpdaypost

Yeah_I_Read I love Nadia Hashimi! Her work is incredible 2y
CocoReads It's the only one I've read (back in January) but it's stayed with me. One of these days I'll read her others! 2y
LauraBeth I have never heard of this book! I just put a hold on it at the library after reading this 😀 2y
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CocoReads I hope you love it! 2y
SilversReviews I have this book but haven't read it yet. 2y
CocoReads It's fantastic. Not happy, exactly, but well written and thought provoking. 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
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One of my reading goals this year was to read more diverse authors/main characters. And this has been a good one to learn more about Afghanistan. The writing is not as gorgeous as in Khaled Hosseini's books, all of which I loved, but the story is truly compelling and I am pretty engrossed with this audiobook so far.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Pickpick

Fascinating story about two generations of women from the same family who flout the traditionally accepted female roles in Afghanistan. Lots of hard things in this story, but lots of strength as well. Recommended for fans of "The Kite Runner", and other such narratives.

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haanim
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Pickpick

Heartbreaking. Raw. Infuriating. Hopeful. An amazing read.

BellaBookNook I've seen this one and wondered if it's good. Glad to hear. I will definitely check it out! 2y
minkyb Totally agree! 2y
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josie281
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Trying to finish this by tomorrow so I'm audiobooking at work and will physically read later. This book. Beautifully written and engaging.

CocoReads We read it for bookgroup earlier this year. Hands down it was a unanimous favorite! 2y
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Robothugs
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This is a story of endurance and strength of body, mind, and spirit. The story simultaneously follows Rahima and her great-great grandmother Shekiba, whose story is told to Rahima by her aunt Shaima. Rahima finds she strongly identifies with Shekiba as she learns more of her story. This story broke me. Books like this are important for gaining insight into certain cultures and to remind us. Recommended for fans of authors like Khaled Housseini.

TrishB Sounds interesting 👍 2y
Robothugs Definitely a good read! @TrishB 2y
Bookish_B I have this. Just need to get to it! 😊 2y
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sisilia
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Sundoon reading

CouronneDhiver Any good so far? This is on my TBR 2y
sisilia Khaled Housseini-kind of novel. I'm 50 pages in, so far so good @CouronneDhiver 2y
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Redjewel_7734
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This was just as good in audio as it was to read. Our Western stereotypes of the Middle East don't leave room for this bit of legitimized gender fluidity. However this moment of somewhat equality in no way prevents or counteracts the brutality leveled at women in this society. Shekiba's & Rahima's moments of equality make their reality as a women even harder to bear but will it also give them the strength to break free?

josie281 Reading this next month! 2y
Redjewel_7734 @josie281 I hope you love it as much as I do. There is so much that is brutal & hard in this book, but it is really a wonderful told story. Nothing feels like it's there for shock value. It's there because it's true & it needs to be told. 2y
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cristiana_de_sousa
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Allbookedup1
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This book was wonderful! Focused on 2 women from different generations of the same family struggling to survive in Afghanistan. I could not put this book down! Highly recommended

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janeycanuck
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Nadia Hashimi is stunning, if you ask me. I don't think it's fair that she's such a wonderful writer and so pretty. Oh, and she's a medical doctor. Some girls have all the luck. #attractiveauthors #junebookbugs

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Chelsea.Poole
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I've returned to work, so my reading life will be suffering as we work out the new normal with an infant and a toddler. 😳 Therefore, my first post in weeks!
This was #bookclub pick that I am way behind on. It reminded me of A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I adore. This one isn't as good, but I did feel connected to the women in the story. We get the point of view of a modern Afghan woman and her ancestor.

josie281 You can do it!! Cheering your adjustment on from here!! 😊 🎉 (I had three ages 4 and under at one point!) 2y
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WonderWhitman
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This was one of the best books I've read in quite a while. Not only is the writing beautiful, but also the stories of Shekiba and Rashima intertwine seamlessly without confusing the reader. I feel that I have much more perspective on what it was, and is, to be a woman in Afghanistan. Fascinating and moving.

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kelseynicburke
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2 for $15 👯 #hopelessaddict

Cinfhen Good purchasing 🤑 2y
kelseynicburke @Cinfhen unfortunately it seems to be a talent of mine 😂 2y
janeycanuck I just read The Pearl That Broke Its Shell not that long ago. It's wonderful!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Another one #setinthemiddleeast that I have to read!!
#Maybookflowers

CocoReads It's a beautiful book. We did it for book group in during the winter and it was a unanimous winner with great discussion 2y
RealLifeReading Loved it. And I recently read her latest book which was so good. 2y
Redjewel_7734 Loved it!!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CocoReads I'm going to move it up on my list! I wish I could stay home all day and read!! 📚😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @RealLifeReading I want this one too!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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These are my to be read shelves 😊 #bookspinebeauty #Sparklingmaybookishdreams

Tamra Infinitely more appealing than my floor stacks. 😏 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra if I buy any more that's where mine will be!!! I'm out of space!! I'm trying to convince my hubby to build a bookcase in our living room... His suggestion is to stop buying books 🤣🤣 We know who will win this argument!! 😘 2y
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MeggsKY Oohhh, there are some really good ones in there!! 2y
Birdsong28 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Your gonna need Dreams of Joy by Lisa See to read once you've read Shangai Girls as its the sequel so your husband isn't gonna get his wish of you not buying new books if you haven't already got it!!! 📖📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Birdsong28 I have it somewhere on the shelves!! He won't ever get his wish 😉 2y
CrowCAH Pretty; love them! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CrowCAH thank you!! 😘 2y
maich Sweet❤ 2y
Wellreadtraveler Looks like mine! I'm thinking I need to quit my job and read full time 😜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I wish I could!!!! 😉😉 2y
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SMM
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Favorite part of the day???? Car pool. Perfect time to dig in to a great book.

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janeycanuck
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I found this to be so compelling. And disturbing. I couldn't make myself remember that it's set in 2007 or that Rahima was a teenager - it's disturbing to think that this kind of life is not fiction for some young women.