The Bookseller of Kabul - by Asne Seierstad
Finished reading 1/19/2012
A western journalist dons a burqa and documents the life of a family in Afghanistan as the Taliban loosens its hold on the country. For an entire year, she lives with the family of Sultan Khan, the bookseller of Kabul. She follows each member of the family, observing the pains and struggles that they encounter.
This is plain journalism, told without any sugarcoating. Truth is indeed ugly, but it does not diminish the value of this book.
I would had enjoyed the book more if the author included her personal interactions with the family members.