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Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
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Jun 19, 13

bookshelves: book-club, non-fiction
Read from May 10 to 20, 2010

I'd give this six stars if it were possible. Everyone should read this. If you've ever had the desire to make a difference, to make life substantially better for someone, you should read this book. Being a woman of the United States, it's hard to imagine the reality for so many women out there, but this book is a good eye opener for the atrocities that are going on today that get so little attention. I won't list all the injustices that this book describes, but in each case, it also shows someone who has overcome, or has been pulled from the abyss, so to speak. It also gives very good advice for how to make a change. How American public policy can make a difference, and also how, as individuals, and families, we can make a very real difference in the lives of women and children in untenable circumstances.

I actually hate books that are so sad, and this book has so much sadness that it takes you to the point where you can hardly stand it, and then it tells the flip side of triumph and overcoming and empowerment and shines a light into those dark places. Ends with an uplifting feeling, and four things you can do right now to change the world.
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Jacqui Wow! What an excellent review. I am totally sold on reading it. Thanks!


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