Vanguard Spotlight Book of the Month: April 2022

Monthly Reads from ASU-Beebe Students, Faculty and Staff.

ASU-Beebe Employee Favorites

Each month Abington Library will feature a favorite book from a faculty, staff member, or student. They will give a brief synopsis of their chosen book.

Featured ASU-Beebe Student: Zoie Preller

Zoie Preller Holding "A Thosand Splendid Suns"

About Zoie

Student: Zoie Preller
Major: Associate of Liberal Arts and Sciences Major 
Future: Getting pre-requisites done for the Social Work Program at Harding, where I will, of course, major in Social Work. And then, if life goes as planned, I will push forward and get my Master of Counseling.  Program: ASU Beebe Honors Program, as I have yet to be able to join PTK. 

About the Book

A Thousand Splendid Suns Review by Zoie Preller


“A Thousand Splendid Suns” Is a beautiful, heart-wrenching book. It is a story about two women, Mariam and Laila, and their hardships as they lived through the War in Afghanistan. 

I cried, a lot, reading this book. Khaled Hosseini has a way with words that is masterful, and it yanks at your heart and spurs you into a need for action. You will be angry for Mariam and Laila, you will be angry for the country of Afghanistan, and you will want justice for them, and you will weep for them. 

When I first read “A Thousand Splendid Suns” I was a sophomore in high school. It is what opened my eyes to the reality of our world, my privilege, and helped me develop my passion for anthropology, humanitarianism, and charity. Laila and Mariam may be fictional characters, but their story is real. 

I believe that anyone who reads this book will benefit from it, and I believe that it is so very important that students, especially white students, living within the southern, rural part of the United States are exposed to books like this, so that they may see the world through eyes clear from the white-washed goggles our school systems fit us with.

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