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Thoughts based on Omar Akbar Qais phenomenal book, A Fort of Nine Towers Afghanistan. A country of deep beauty, a rich, multi-ethnic and multi-faith culture, and, conversely, atrocious brutality. In Qais Akbar Omar's book A Fort of Nine Towers the three are presented...read more
Stories have incredible power. Even before there was a written word, tales passed orally, from person to person, generation to generation, connecting people through the long eons of human history. It is narratives, whether it be narratives about lives, or stories...read more
There is surprisingly little writing on the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia, especially if you're looking for local, creative voices. Yet, few regions of the world suffered as much during World War II. Millions were imprisoned and many perished in resource rich...read more
I'm just about to finish reading Aminatta Forna's book, The Devil that Danced on the Water. The book traced the author's memories and search for truth about her father, who was killed in a shame trial in their homeland of Sierra Leone. For three years, from age six to...read more
I scanned the entire bookshelf of the library at Birch Coffee, a true New York City gem. The sign clearly said, “Take a Book, Leave a Book, or just Take a Book.” I didn’t have a book to leave - though I was certain to bring one when I returned - but I wanted a book to...read more