Latin America Reading List

Latin American stories are full of magical realism, passionate unrequited love, and exciting history.     Book List The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez The House […]

Middle-east Reading List

Middle-east is a vague term that I’m using loosely here- but there are so many wonderful authors and books from that region.  Books about that region’s rich history, current events, brave characters, and amazing fantasy stories….so much good literature!     Book List I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for […]

Southeast Asia Reading List

Southeast Asia Reading List When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge by Chanrithy Him The Elephant’s Bathtub: Wonder Tales from the Far East by Frances Carpenter The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family […]

Turkey : Reading List

I love reading books about different cultures and places.  Before I travel, I read about where I’m going- contemporary authors, short stories, non-fiction, and historical fiction.  It’s the best way to learn about a place, then it’s more exciting when you actually get to go there and see it in real life Turkey has a […]

India Reading List

I have always loved Indian authors- their storytelling is so vivid, the characters and places really come to life.  Even when not written by an Indian, the stories out of India have always interested me.  India has a fascinating history, and I have chosen books from several periods. They have the most exciting scriptures- the […]

Nepal Reading List

There aren’t a lot of Nepali authors that have been written in or translated into English.  Samrat Upadhyay is one of the few and he’s my favorite.  He’s been called the ‘Buddhist Chekhov’.  Arresting God in Kathmandu is a collection of short stories that are little personal glimpses into average peoples’ lives, and Buddha’s Orphans […]