by Deanna Darr
A lot of people have shared their viewpoints about what's happening in Afghanistan, but one Nampa native is hoping his new book will simply offer insight into everyday life in the country.
While Afghanistan Through the Humvee Window won't be released until Monday, Dec. 5, author Joe Relk will be signing advance copies at several locations around the Treasure Valley a few days early. He'll be at Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa from 6:30-8 pm. on Friday, Dec. 2, the Moxie Java on Vista Avenue in Boise from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and at Rediscovered Bookshop from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Relk—who works for the U.S. State Department as deputy political chief at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador—traveled around eastern Afghanistan with a former photojournalist to offer readers images of the people and the place outside of the conflict, along with his own insights.
According to a press release issued by Relk, he "wanted to provide a book to military veterans of the conflict that they could share with their families and friends. These are photos and commentary about everyday life in Afghanistan, not the war images you see routinely on the news and in newspapers.”