Archive for April, 2009
Where Am I Wearing
Where Am I Wearing is author Kelsey Timmerman’s journey throughout the world visiting the factories and people who made the clothes he wears. Kelsey traveled to Cambodia, China, Honduras, Bangladesh, and Perry, NY to find out where what we wear comes from.
Kelsey was not as interested in finding out the economics behind the factories, as he was about the people working in them. He shared many meals and conversations with real people who worked in the factories that made his clothes. He traveled to a small village in China to meet the family that two factory workers were supporting with their meager salaries and played a strange game in Cambodia with a group of factory workers there. It is a very inspiring journey that Timmerman takes his readers on and I am thankful I could travel around with him in his book.
He leaves the decision of whether or not shop to the reader based on the readers values or morals. He offers alternatives to buying sweatshop produced clothing and encourages the reader to become an engaged consumer. Follow his twitter.
The Kite Runner
I may be late in the game reviewing a book that has already been turned into a movie, but I finally read The Kite Runner. It is the story of two boys growing up in Afghanistan and the journey of life, friendship, betrayal, and redemption in the midst of the war torn country. Khaled Hosseini’s novel is a gripping portrayal of a life marked by a moment of fear and shame. The main character, Amir, has to come to terms with the mistakes he has made and ultimately finds redemption and forgiveness, though not in the way the reader would assume.
I have not seen the movie yet, but I plan on watching it. Malora is reading Hosseini’s new novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. Although, I enjoyed (I was more gripped by then enjoyed) the book I would not read it again. It is worth a read to gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the war in Afghanistan and the plight of the Afghan people. Be prepared for a dark emotional journey that eventually leads the reader to the heights of hope and redemption.