Teaser Tuesday: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

TeaserTuesdays-ADailyRhythm3-300x203Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The_Underground_Girls_of_KabulThe Underground Girls of Kabul is an amazing revelation through research and interviews of the reality of life for some women in Afghanistan who spend a major part of their early life disguised as boys.  On page 70, author/journalist Jenny Nordberg reports,

Families can be rich, poor, educated, uneducated, Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazara, or Turkoman — it doesn’t matter, they tell me.  The only thing that binds the girls together is the family’s need for a son.  These women have met girls who live as boys because the family needed another income through a child who worked, because the road to school was dangerous and a boy’s disguise provided some safety, or because the family lacked sons and needed to present as a complete family to the village.

Does this grab your interest?  Share your thoughts as well as a teaser from your current read.


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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24 Responses to Teaser Tuesday: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

  1. ljennison says:

    Good teaser! Sounds like an interesting book. Some of the reasons were logical to my way of thinking, but hadn’t thought of the last one about the family needing to present a certain front to the village.Thanks for coming by.


    • mysm2000 says:

      Glad you liked the teaser. It really is a fascinating book. So far each chapter has been on a specific family in a specific situation where they are dressing a girl as a boy to avoid cultural recriminations (might be too strong a word but that’s the general idea). Good to have your comments.


  2. Yvonne says:

    Good choice this week. Sounds interesting.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. proxyfish says:

    Very interesting but I’m not sure I would have ever picked it up to read! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kathy Martin says:

    I’m curious but I don’t read much nonfiction. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jaina says:

    I’ve seen this before, and it looks so fascinating! Thanks for reminding me of it with this teaser. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • mysm2000 says:

      There is so much incredible information in this book that you can’t just read it in one sitting. An amazing story that everyone kept denying existed. Thanks for stopping by.


  6. I am very interested in this one! I can’t imagine having to live like that. I feel for those girls and women.


  7. Oh yes, I had the amazing privilege of reading this book and it was deeply thought-provoking. Granted, it was not an easy read, however, it definitely is a topic we should all be more aware of. This is a culture that is greatly influencing the nations.


    • mysm2000 says:

      No. Not an easy book to get into but so much important information we need to be aware of. I’ve wanted to read it ever since seeing a review on another site but I has sat on my shelf seemingly daunting. But now that I’m into it, it’s very hard to put down. Thanks for leaving your comment.


  8. I am curious about this one…I wouldn’t have been drawn in by the cover or blurb…but maybe there is something there to explore. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


  9. I would definitely keep reading. Very interesting paragraphs! As a matter of fact, I’m adding it to my TBR. Thank you for sharing 🙂


  10. P.D. Workman says:

    Oh, I have heard about this. I definitely want to know more.

    Thanks for visiting mine at http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-sycamore-row-by-john-grisham/


    • mysm2000 says:

      I first heard about it on someone else’s blog and bought it right away — it’s just been superseded so often by other books that were smaller and less daunting — and am glad to finally be into it. Hard to put down. Thanks for coming by.


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