Angelina Jolie is reading a book about Afghan girls’ schools


The market is currently being flooded with photos of Angelina Jolie in New York as she completes several days of reshoots on Salt, her thriller coming out in July 2010. Previously, we’ve seen Angelina in the worst, most obvious-looking Russian spy costume ever, and on Tuesday we saw Angelina and Brad leaving the set with daughters Shiloh and Zahara. On Wednesday, Angelina was spotted carrying one of her favorite reading materials – a book about foreign policy. Sort of. Previously, Angelina has been spotted reading Richard Haass’ book War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, and a book party for Nicholas Kristof’s Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide. This week’s installment of The Jolie Book Club is Greg Mortenson’s Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s a book about building girls’ schools in Afghanistan, which is cause near to Angelina’s heart.

In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban.

He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women-all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.

Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians who all seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson’s work and message.

[From Amazon’s Editorial Review]

Too much substance and not enough style? Okay, note this: Angelina is clutching the book with a hand that is stained with fake blood, obviously from the film. What incredible imagery, Angelina. Well done?

I have one more story about Angelina, but really it’s an Uncool Bermuda Triangle story. Life & Style is reporting that there will be another Triangle showdown at the 2010 Golden Globes, just a few weeks away. L&S claims that since Jennifer Aniston has already been confirmed as a presenter, and Brad’s film Inglourious Basterds is up for several awards, so that means a triangle showdown is in the making:

It was the moment everyone watching the 2009 Oscars had been waiting for. When Jennifer Aniston walked onstage to present an award, she stood just 12 feet from her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, and her archrival, Angelina Jolie, who were sitting in the front row. Now, as Brad and Angie celebrate five years together, Jen will meet her fears once more.

She was just announced as a presenter for the 2010 Golden Globes, taking place on Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton in LA. Brad and Angelina have attended the past two ceremonies together, and with Brad’s movie Inglourious Basterds up for four awards, including best drama, the actor is sure to attend this year as well. “Jen can’t wait to see them because she wants them to squirm,” an insider close to Brad and Jen tells Life & Style.

Jen hasn’t said which category she’ll present, but at the Oscars, she announced best animated feature — even though Angie’s movie Kung Fu Panda was a nominee. So she wouldn’t shy away from presenting the best drama — setting up the chance to give the award to Brad’s film! Even if such a tense moment comes to pass, Jen’s not worried.

“Believe me,” the insider says, “she’s really looking forward to this.”

[From Life & Style]

Here’s the thing – while it wouldn’t surprise me if Brad and Angelina came out for the Globes, which is known as the best awards show of the year because of all the booze, I doubt they’ll come. Brad isn’t nominated, and they usually only show up when one or both of them is nominated. Thus, Angelina parade of glittery sack dresses during the last awards season. And beyond all that, the showdown already happened at the last Oscars, and it was just sad for all parties. Sad that the cameras went straight to Brad and Angelina when Jennifer Aniston was on stage, sad that everyone made such a big f-cking deal about how “brave” Aniston was to present an award, and just all of it.

Angelina Jolie on the set of ‘Salt’ with her book. Photo credits: Michael Wright/, CWNY/Fame and AAR/Fame Pictures.


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  1. teri says:

    I just read Notes from My Travels by Angelina Jolie. Excellent book! All proceeds go to charity. Her heart is in the right place.

  2. Solveig says:

    Under the dust jacket there’s a Peanuts comic strip, obviously.

  3. Lee says:

    This was mentioned on another site. Angelina has met Greg Mortenson, the author of the book she’s holding. He mentioned her in a interview with

    GR: What’s next for you?

    GM: I’m trying to wean myself off this work so that I can become a full-time advocate for girls’ education. I’ve had 87 offers from Hollywood for a movie, but I’ve turned them all down. I’m very reluctant. I think a movie might jeopardize or put our girls at risk. If I do a movie, it’s not going to be about money. I want to make sure the producer has a lot of sensitivity. Angelina Jolie read Three Cups of Tea, and she said she would help find a really good producer. She has a big heart.

  4. BitterBetty says:

    Thats actually The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Giving Back. she just switched the cover papers to look like she has a clue.

  5. nana says:

    shes too beautiful….
    the eyes are amazing with that smile.

    people around the globe is always interested with her. ask anyone from asia the hollywood actress the know and they would answer angelina jolie!

  6. Stella says:

    Greg Mortenson is a wonderful man and his books are absolutely amazing. The things he has managed to accomplish are incredibly inspiring. However, I really hope he DOESN’T make his story/experiences into a movie. I think it will exploit his cause (just like he fears) and there is just no way a movie could do him justice. If AJ wants to help his cause- she should forget finding a good producer- instead, give money (something we all know she does, and this is a really, really, really great cause to support) and continue to give the book press- that is what Greg’s message needs… NOT exploitation. Everyone should read his books- truly amazing and moving.

  7. bros says:

    there is so much snark about good works on this site. AJ is actually in one of the pictures inside mortenson’s second book-its when she was visiting the earthquake victims in pakistan-he obviously has a very high opinion of her, and if he does, since he is an incredible man, that’s enough for me.

    His books are amazing, inspiring, poignant, and above all, he is bursting with street cred. the man puts his life in danger every time he goes to pakistan and afghanistan to do what he does. i seriously recommend anyone to pick up one of his books-you will be changed by them.

  8. Beth says:

    I never got why Jennifer got so much attention for being brave at Oscars. She knew they would be there. It wasn’t as if it was a “gotcha” by the Academy considering they were both nominated. If Brad and Angelina did come, they wouldn’t be squirming. They didn’t care when she was at the Oscars and Jennifer was the one stumbling over her lines. Besides do people really expect a fight to breakout?

  9. Me says:

    That’s the hollow book where she hides her heroin stash.

  10. Essie says:

    Why is Jennifer presenting at awards shows? She hasn’t been nominated for anything since “Friends” many moons ago. So, why? If I were her, I would be humiliated to be in the same room with all those good actors who are nominated for their roles in good movies. Of course, the ragmags love it. If Angelina and Brad don’t show up at the GGs, it will be great because they will have a supply of made up stories for weeks!!!

    As for the book . . . When Angelina was shown at the book party for Kristoff’s book, it ended up on the NYTimes best seller list. It’s still there, which was great for Kristoff and his wife’s book. Hopefully, the same will happen with this book. Word needs to get out about how difficult it is for girls/women to get an education in these suppresive countries.

  11. lio says:

    Wow! You mean she can read? So amazing! Lol

  12. Zzzzzzzzzz says:

    Might have to pick up a copy of this book as well, it’s subject matter I know very little about and it would be good to get some insight.

    And I agree, why is JA presenting? Is she really still that relevant? Perhaps that’s all she’s offered these days and I guess a girl has to make a living somehow.

  13. Goddess711 says:

    She’s reading! That’s REAL news!
    Looks more to me like she’s CARRYING a book. Ah, well, it looks like she’s reading it. I wonder if she wears glasses to make her look all intellectual too?
    Sound it out, AJ, sound it out!

  14. She has wonderful lips!!

  15. teri says:

    Angelina has done her homework when it comes to refugees. She’s seen fist hand and spoken to thousands of people in dire need. Putting herself in danger just to get the inside scoop on their lives. It’s really sad that some people are just so selfish and ignorant on a woman who selflessly helps around the world. We could certainly use many more humanitarians instead of more hate. This all boils down to Brads choice that he chose. It’s ceratinly not like this is a cover up since she’s done this since 2001.

  16. Cheyenne says:

    @ teri: Agreed. “Notes From My Travels” is very good. I read it last year. It got excellent reviews on Amazon.

  17. d says:

    If carrying the book does more to shed light on and help the women and girls who live such HARD lives in these countries, then more power to here. She knows what she’s doing and I have no doubt she feels something for these women’s plight. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be affected by it if you’ve seen it for your own eyes.

  18. Liz says:

    I doubt that they will attend they usually only attend when one of them is nominated . Brad is not nominated . I think they will attend the SAG awards. He is nominated in the ensemble category. But we will see.

  19. snowball says:

    Jennifer won an Emmy in 2002

    She won a Golden Globe in 2003

    Won Actress of the year at the Hollywood Film Festival

    Nominated for the Independant Spirit Award for “The Good Girl.”

    Won People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress in 2007

    Won Favorite Female TV Performer at the People’s Choice Awards for 2001, 2002 and 2003

    Nominated for a SAG Award in 2002

    Won Female Star of the Year at ShoWest in 2005

    Won 4 Teen Choice Awards, one for “The Good Girl.”

    “Why is Jennifer presenting at awards shows? She hasn’t been nominated for anything since “Friends” many moons ago.”

    In 2007 she received the Vanguard Award from GLAAD Media Awards.

    In 2009, she was nominated for an Emmy.

    In 2010, she was nominated for a People’s Choice Award

    In 2009, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Marley and Me.”

    So she’s been nominated for plenty of other things since Friends and despite what the feelings are on a lot of message boards, there are still an abundance of people who like her; are we only allowing former Oscar winners to present?

    “I were her, I would be humiliated to be in the same room with all those good actors who are nominated for their roles in good movies.”

    Why would she be humiliated? She knows many of the people that are nominated. You make it sound like she’s in some sort of hate filled arena since she’s a “nobody.” Has Jon Stewart won and Oscar? Nope. Did Ricky Gervaise? Nope.

    You and others may not like the movies she’s been in, but she’s a regularly employed actress that works with a lot of big names. Nothing to be humiliated about.

    zzz – she’s got 12 projects either in pre-production or post-production with scheduled release dates. So, “Perhaps that’s all she’s offered these days and I guess a girl has to make a living somehow” doesn’t fly.

  20. Liz says:

    Snowball ,Again why is she a presenter at the Golden Globes 2010? She hasn’t been nominated for a Golden Globe since 2003.Of the many movies she has made since 2003 have any of them been nominated for a major movie award i.e Bafta, SAG, Oscar or Golden Globe? I’m asking you because you are the expert on her

  21. niamh (neev) says:

    Greg Mortensen IS top notch, Three Cups of Tea was inspirational, but the co-author was a bit of a loser.

    Must admit, after seeing Angie holding Kristoff’s book, I went out and bought it. It’s another great informative book that still haunts me.

    …I like that my fascination with celebrity culture has also educated me on world issues. Go figure.

  22. Dhavy says:

    @ Essie – Right on target

    She’s presenting because they feel sorry for that she hasn’t found a man and they have a new category for the best actress who only knows how to act as the same character (Rachel)in every project

  23. Granger says:

    While I agree that Aniston is still “relevant,” in that she makes movies regularly, I wouldn’t put Teen and People’s Choice awards in quite the same category as GGs or Oscars.

  24. anna says:

    While filming … Hands full of fake blood… She read a book !!!

    She makes fun of the world !?!

    What is the message ? Me, AJ :

    * I’m able to read a book !!!
    * I’m an great intellectual ?!
    * I’ll write another letter to Obama !
    * I’m going to submit next presidential election…
    * I’m going to replace Sarah Palin !?
    * I’ll save the world !

    May be, the message is more simple et more commercial :

    Come and see my next movie Salt … Or How AJ can use humanitarian and plight of Afghans to promote his next film…


  25. Cheyenne says:

    @ snowball: 12 projects? Wow, that’s a lot. Which are they?

    I’m curious because the only ones I know of are The Baster, The Bounty (which is getting slammed in the trailer), and The Pretend Wife. The last I heard is that she can’t get anyone to back Goree Girls because she had two turkeys in a row (Management and Love Happens) and they are afraid The Bounty will make it three straight.

  26. anon1000 says:

    brad and angie won’t be there. there is already hype from the rags and blogs of “another” showdown. there was no showdown at the Oscars. aniston was so nervous and flubbed her lines.
    brad and angie won’t be a part of the rag/blog’s make believe circus. the actors nominated don’t deserve to be a side-bar to some “fake” triangle.

  27. cheekemunkey says:

    Kudo’s for AJ plugging Greg’s work. He’s an amazing man and has accomplished amazing things in a very humble manner.

  28. Firestarter says:

    Snowball, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  29. sandy says:

    Angelina is so caring, what a wonderful lady, jenn A. needs to sit her fame seeking, no acting, shallow self down some where, i would be humiliated if i were her, but she’s too stupid to know any better, one of her many films are bound to be a hit, maybe she will go away then, one could only hope.

  30. Goddess711 says:

    Kudo’s for plugging Nick Kristoff’s work. He’s tirelessly worked for recognition and help for a multitude of world issues. I love him. Half the Sky should be required reading before kids graduate from high school.

  31. yae says:

    Am I the only one who understood the symbolism of her bloody hand and the grasping of that book?


  32. Jane Martinez says:

    For those of you who read anything at all, Angelina Jolie has picked two very topical, insightful books to promote, Stones Into Schools (Greg Mortenson) and Half The Sky (by Nicholas Kristof) which are both about empowering women and the promote the value of girls eduation, which she is a big advocate of.

    Not only does Angelina advocate for good causes, but she actually gives significantly (last year over $ 7 million) to charities she and Brad believe in. Few celebrities actually give money, even though they like to appear to support causes (more for their own PR relations).

    Go Angie!! Oprah could learn a few things from Angie!
    Jane Martinez

  33. J says:

    I still didn’t understand one thing: if bloggers like Kaiser or some other journalists like Ann something something (I don’t even remember her name. I only know she likes to touch Brad Pitt’s face) keep posting positive news about this woman, how come the whole world still hates her?

    Just because she “stole” another woman’s husband? I don’t think so.

    There got to be other reasons why this woman constantly got bad press — not only tabloids. She got mocked very much too by CNN, and New York Times whenever she adopted or opened her mouth to promote herself as the world saver.

    Something about this woman is provoking every body. (No, I wouldn’t call it le pouvoir des femmes”, it’s something else.)

  34. PJ says:

    Angelina is an excellent actress, it’s her movie roles that bother me. So violent – depicting women as strong but just as cruel and violent as any male action figure. Like in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” where it’s cool and sexy for a woman to be an assassin. To me that’s not a great role model for girls.

  35. lisa says:

    She knows this author and was mentioned in his first book. The book is relevent to her because she has built and supported schools all over the world. She has a school of girls that is a model for other countries. So her holding that book is giving it and the writer attention it may not have gotten other wise. I am a fan and admire that she has a caring heart. And this is not from the fans, but from the people who have met and worked with her on projects over the last 9 years. So like her or not. she is the real deal. And she walks the walk. People are obsessed with her Private life. but she has been doing her UN work well before becoming a Mom and sharing her life with Brad.. I think they are an awesome couple, and to me it is always a great thing to find the person you should be with.. regardless of the fact that some people think they have a right to choose that person for you..

    Happy new year to all.. fans and not..

  36. WTF?!? says:

    I call bs on this story. Angelina can read?

  37. DD says:

    No offense but Notes of My Travels reads like it was written by an adolescent. Definitely isn’t a good book unless you are a big fan of hers, so you throw your criticism out the door. I don’t completely regret buying the book though, I think she donated the funds to charity.

  38. SageAdvice says:

    Jennifer Aniston presents at these things because she’s been nominated in the past (doesn’t matter how far back, by the way) and because she’s famous, believe it or not.

    They get random folks to present at the Golden Globes all the time.

    And, not to be terribly rude but…an acting award, any acting award, is pretty much horses*it. A bunch of people think you did a good job pretending to be someone else…hurrah.

    It’s not like they are curing cancer here. A Teen Choice Award for acting and an Oscar mean pretty much the same thing: You are the most popular amongst the voting group.

  39. sandy says:

    love her, she’s intelligent, awareness, caring, loving, well read, but ignorance is bliss, some people will pick at any thing, when jealousy is involved, she is loved by most intelligent, caring people with a brain to speak of, so tiny brains, hate away, she’s respected by people who matter.

  40. kim says:

    Yeah winning a surfboard at the Teen Choice awards = To winning an Oscar GMAFB. I’m sure Daniel Day Lewis will trade his Oscar for a surfboard

  41. P. Schiphol says:

    I really love “Notes From My Travels”, it is very good.

  42. Zzzzzzzzzz says:

    @Snowball, I can’t believe you care enough to type out that essay. It doesn’t change my mind about her, I still think she’s a piss-poor actress who’s scraping by on mediocre films. Sorry! (Not).

  43. Blitz says:

    “Angelina Jolie is reading a book about Afghan girls’ schools”

    With the cover turned to the camera to make sure EVERYBODY sees it. Dumbarse!

  44. no she's not. says:

    Sorry, but no. AJ is not in the slightest bit beautiful. Her cheeks have sunken into the bottom half of her face making her appear much older (the implants couldn’t hold that face up for long),she is 34 and looks 50. She is a walking plastic surgery skeleton, has a huge joker mouth, man-eater, manipulating baby-making troll, and oh yeh, a homewrecker.

    So no, nothing beautiful, not at all.

    p.s. Karma is a coming to bite her on the as$… sssssshhhhh!

  45. Praise St. Angie! says:

    to zzzz, I don’t think snowball was trying to change your mind, just

    1)answer your question of “is she still relevant”.

    apparently, she is.


    2)counter your theory of “perhaps that’s all she’s offered these days”.

    apparently it’s not.

    oh, and award for best contradiction today goes to “sandy” who says in one post…

    “jenn A. needs to sit her fame seeking, no acting, shallow self down some where, i would be humiliated if i were her, but she’s too stupid to know any better, one of her many films are bound to be a hit, maybe she will go away then, one could only hope.”

    and in the next post says…

    “some people will pick at any thing, when jealousy is involved”

    wow, so does that mean you’re horribly jealous of Aniston?

    see how ridiculous your “logic” is? “fame seeking”? isn’t EVERY celebrity seeking fame? “no acting”? I can only assume you mean that you don’t like her acting. your opinion and you’re entitled to it. “shallow”? is that why she does fund-raising for St. Jude’s, among other causes?

    to “J”…

    “There got to be other reasons why this woman constantly got bad press”

    try telling that to the brangeloonies. according to them, it couldn’t possibly be anything BUT the 5 year old divorce. if you don’t like Jolie or Pitt or both, you’re automatically a “jenhen”.

  46. kim says:

    She’s not , Karma= $20 million + percentages for Salt and The Tourist according to The Hollywood Reporter,named most powerful celeb(Forbes), most powerful actress(Guiness), most beautiful and establishment list(Vanity Fair), #2 Sexiest movie star(Empire Magazine),three times on Time Magazine influential list, Beauty icon of the decade, mother of 6 . Karma is a bitch ain’t it Please feel free to Google these titles dear.Good things come to good people Angie is at the top career wise and has a beuatiful family. Oops I forgot to mention #2 on list of celebrity givers in Parade magazine Paul Newman was #1(Giving Back Fund)Have a nice day dear.

  47. saw some horrible pictures of AJ when she slipped in and out some plastic surgery office in Italy. She’s a natural beauty, why do they all fall for that ??

  48. Is it news that she reads a book???
    By the way i love the movie “Salt”!