Friday, March 23, 2007

Three Cups of Tea

Read this book:
3 cups of tea

This man is doing more to bring about peace in Central Asia than any coalition of the willing, or not-so-willing, can ever hope to do. There is very little of politics in this book, and yet it is current events writ large.

Because of my interest in textiles of Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, I read lots of books about the area, fiction, non-fiction, textile-related or not:

book pile

and:

book pile2

These are fascinating books, some even life-changing for me, and I've enjoyed them all. But not one is as touching, compelling, important and heart-felt as Three Cups of Tea. It does not even mention textiles, but it is related. It is about the people, the place and the future of the people and the place where these textiles are a part of the fabric of life.

Buy this book, read this book. Better yet, go to the website. Attend one of Greg Mortenson's talks, donate to the Central Asia Institute, spread the word.

This man is doing good work. If you ever despaired of peace in the region, or hope for the future, read this book.

11 Comments:

Blogger loribird said...

Thanks for the book suggestion - I looked it up, and they have it at my library, so I'll be checking it out soon :)

11:31 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I totally agree with you on Three Cups of Tea. Shortly after I read The Root of Wild Madder....it was okay, but Greg Mortenson's story is more personal and compelling. Another book I would put in a similar category is The Bookseller of Kabul. Again, there aren't a lot of textiles in the book, but the author is donating proceeds from the book to go to schools for women and girls in Pakistan.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Thanks for the recommend. I did read the Bookseller of Kabul and Reading Lolita. In fact, our library book group read Reading Lolita last summer. Attendance is unpredictable and I was taken aback when one woman took on the whole group. She wasn't sympathetic to the women. She angrily asked where the women were when the liberties began to erode. Did they think that as women of privilege, they wouldn't be touched? I recently reread Fahrenheit 451. We should probably be reading that too.

4:19 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

I'll recommend this one to my book group.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Always good to have more books on the booklist - thanks!

9:51 AM  
Blogger wooly daisy said...

what a coinicidense my blog entry yesterday was about books too-but my lack of-reading. i really need to work on this. make it a priority. see you tomorrow for color fun!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Thanks for the heartfelt recommendation! Looks like you have stacks of books equal to those around here. Looking forward to Dye Day:)

6:38 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

this is the #1 thing i love about reading blogs. book suggestions. i have found more suggestions online than i can shake a stick at, and they've all been good. i have put this in my queue at the library as well (i have way too many books in line, thank goodness they let me suspend requests(put them on hold), lol)

7:20 PM  
Blogger judy said...

Thanks for a look at the stack. I see a few to add to my own.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

No doubt you have read Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama? I will add your book to my list! Thanks!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Kaz [curiousweaver] said...

Sara, I also love the book recommendations and have ordered 'Three Cups of Tea'! I have dreams about someone coming into the house and stealing all my textile books then waking in a cold sweat of fear. I relate this fear to others, but they just laugh.

2:30 PM  

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