The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

  • Release Date: 2011-03-15
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
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4 Score: 4 (From 239 Ratings)

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The New York Times bestseller, written by a former reporter for ABC News, that People magazine called “a transporting, enlightening book” tells the story of a fearless young entrepreneur who brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Afghanistan

Former ABC journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the riveting true story of Kamila Sidiqi and other women of Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s fearful rise to power. In what Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, calls “one of the most inspiring books I have ever read,” Lemmon recounts with novelistic vividness the true story of a fearless young woman who not only reinvented herself as an entrepreneur to save her family but, in the face of ferocious opposition, brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Kabul.

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  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

    By Wndrgmom
    I don’t know what drew me to read The Dressmaker if Khair Khana exactly except I love to sew and and reading about real individuals during the Taliban Occupation sounded very intriguing. The Sadiqi family felt familiar to me. I have nine children 4-daughters and 5-sons and could visualize many of their interactions. Except for the disagreement between Malika and Kamila regarding the later’s work with the different agencies I was amazed at the peaceful co-existence between them all. What a trial for the children to have their parents leave them for the many months and then years for their father to escape persecution and likely execution. But you can feel the influence they had on their children even from a distance. Some of the times when they were in extreme danger had me on edge. Esp the bus trip to Pakistan without their male escort. I was mad at the “gentleman” who reneged on his promise to be their escort if needed. What a scum. Woman with their determination can accomplish great things as the author showed us many times. I had a chuckle out the hurried dress orders for what turned out to be a Taliban wedding. Kamila was brave beyond her years but I especially lived how she thought if others outside her family. She saved many families from starvation to be sure. I only wish I could have seen some of her dresses. Their images sounded impressive. Thank you for the insight your book brought time. I enjoyed it very much. Diana Kramer
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    By Daisie4100
    Fantastic story
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    By Huggfthb67854
    Great read, once you start you can't put it down.
  • The dressmaker of Khair Kahn

    By maxima25
    Great book, it gives you a better understanding of a situation that is far from our own reality. Thank you or sharing this exceptional story it is very inspirational.
  • Dressmaker of Khair khan

    By Kandee Linden
    Well written - the author describes a place and time that is difficult for those not familiar with the Middle East to comprehend or visualize. This story is excellent for girls aged 11 to 15 who can benefit from strong female heroins.

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