So, this book has been in the library since last year, but I never got a chance to talk it up. And then, last Friday, the author became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
So, the book is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. She is the young woman who was shot by the Taliban for going to school and for speaking about the importance of education for girls. The book gives an easy to understand history of the politics of Pakistan. She also talks a lot about her family history which factors into her story because her father was the one who instilled in her the importance of education. He celebrated her birth the same as he celebrated his son’s. He started schools and invited girls to attend.
Last Friday, the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly to Malala and Kailash Satyarthi for their work in making sure children have access to education and are not exploited. Possibly the best press release ever given regarding a Nobel Prize winner was, “Malala will make her first statement after school.”
I also highly recommend watching her interview with Jon Stewart. I’m a huge fan of The Daily Show and I have rarely seen Stewart as in awe of a guest as he is while speaking with her. And she has some really amazing things to say.