In what began as two episodes of NPR's This American Life, Akbar recounts his pilgrimage to his home country with precocious wisdom and insight, taking readers from palaces to prisons and from Kabul to the borderlands in a revealing portrait of a country in the midst of a historic transition. A Top 10 ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2005 "Honest and precociously articulate, Akbar, now 20, filters complex Afghan traditions and history through a pop-culture lens."-Entertainment Weekly "There's no shortage of realistic detail. This is a book that leaves dust in your hair and blows sand into your teeth."-San Francisco Chronicle "Raw, honest and unnerving, the book is a grim reminder of Afghanistan's ongoing political struggles."-USA Today Said Hyder Akbar is currently a junior at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He is also codirector and founder of his own nongovernmental organization, Wadan Afghanistan, which has rebuilt schools and constructed pipe systems in rural Kunar province. Susan Burton is a contributing editor of This American Life and a former editor at Harper's. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine.Also available: HC ISBN 1-58234-520-1 ISBN-13 978-1-58234-520-8 $24.95

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