This month kicks off Beaufort County Library's "One County Reads One Country" project, where we encourage the community to engage in a thoughtful dialogue about Afghanistan through reading one of three selected titles and participating in the scheduled events coordinated by the library system. The titles that have been chosen are: "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana," by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon for adults; "In the Sea There Are Crocodiles," by Fabio Geda for teens; and "Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan," edited by Tony O'Brien and Mike Sullivan for children. The reading doesn't have to end there; if we've whet your appetite to read other stories about Afghanistan, here are a few recommendations:
"Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil" details Rodriguez's moving, entertaining, humorous and inspiring experiences.
When his mother secures a position as a housekeeper for three Westerners, it seems that life is improving. His new living situation opens up a brand new world for Fawad, full of foreigners, journalists and aid workers, and exposing him to intriguing situations and experiences. Ever observant, Fawad chronicles daily life in a changing country with an inimitable blend of wit, hope and cleverness.
We hope you join us for one of the many events we have planned to celebrate "One County Reads One Country." For a schedule of dates and times, go to http://beaufortcountylibrary.org/ocroc/schedule or visit your local branch library. In addition, there is a bibliography of related materials at http://beaufortcountylibrary.org/OCROC.