Swedish Reading Club: The Underground Girls of Kabul (De förklädda flickorna i Kabul) by Jenny Nordberg
We will be meeting at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW (between Oakleigh and Fairfield).
A bacha posh (literally “dressed up like a boy” in Dari) is a third kind of child—a girl who will be raised as a boy and presented as a son to the world. Jenny Nordberg, the Swedish reporter who broke this story for The New York Times, constructs a dramatic account of Afghan women and girls clandestinely living on the other side of the gender divide that grants half its population almost no rights and little freedom.
The book follows Afghan girls who live disguised as boys through childhood and puberty, only to be expected by adult age to transform into subordinate wives and mothers. But the battle of nature versus nurture lingers, and some bacha posh will refuse to rescind their male prerogatives in what the UN calls the world’s most dangerous country to be a woman.
The book is available at Schuler's, 2660 28th Street SE, at a 20% discount!
You can also buy the book online at Schuler's or another independent bookstore.
Valborgsmässoafton Spring Celebration at Hager Park in Jenison
Please bring a dish to pass. A-L salads/side dishes, M-Z dessert
Valborgsmässoafton is celebrated in Sweden on April 30, but we gather to greet spring on the first Saturday of May, when Hager Park opens for the season. Please make plans for your family and friends to join us for this fun-filled event.
Hager Park is a beautiful park with walking trails through the woods and play areas for children. After supper you may choose to go on a tipspromenad (quiz walk), which is a stroll down the paths of the park to locate signs with questions about Sweden. There will be a version for children and one for adults. Whoever answers the most questions correctly will come away with a prize. Music will be part of the festivities and our own SAHS Chorus will sing by the bonfire at the end of the evening. Please bring firewood, if you have it.
Food and drink will be served. The menu consists of grilled hot dogs or brats with chips, munchies and soft drinks (alcohol is prohibited on park property).
Please pre-register to help the committee plan when buying food!
Cost: $5 for 15 years and up; $2 for ages 5-15; under age 5 free. Make check payable to SAHS/WM and mail by April 28 to
SAHS/WM, 29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 127, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Easy directions: Take I-96 west towards Holland. Take the Chicago Drive exit (69B). Turn right on Main Street to Baldwin, then take a left. Turn right on 28th Avenue and the park is within half a mile. Follow the signs to the SAHS picnic.
Save the date for our annual Midsommar Celebration!
Details to come.
Women's Group: Flitiga Lisor
Flitiga Lisor är en grupp kvinnliga, svensktalande medlemmar som träffas ungefär en gång i månaden. Gruppen startades under hösten 2003, då vi träffades regelbundet för att tillverka julsaker att sälja på Lucia. Det lyckades bra och förtjänsten gick till SAHS. När vi inte känner för att vara så flitiga, träffas vi bara för att prata och fika.
Flitiga Lisor is a group of Swedish speaking women that meets once a month or so. It began during the fall of 2003 when we got together to make Christmas crafts to sell at the Lucia celebration. The project was a success and the money earned went to SAHS. When we feel less inclined to work we get together to have coffee and speak Swedish.
For more information, contact Kerstin Trowbridge at email@example.com.