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These are books that I have loved and believe a wide variety of readers would find enjoyable and enriching.  I have left out other favorites of mine that are more demanding and books that have meant much to me for more personal, eccentric reasons. The books are linked to my reviews of them.


The Moor’s Account, by Laila Lalami.   A narrative of the Spanish Conquest as told by an educated, Muslim slave from Moroccan who  accompanied the de Vaca expedition.

 That Deadman’s Dance, by Kim Scott. Historical novel about Indigenous peoples of southwestern Australia and the Europeans who settled there.

The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umigar.    An insightful novel about the relationship between a woman in Mumbai and the woman whom she hires to do her domestic chores. By a woman from India but relevant everywhere.

 The Cutting Season, by Attica Locke. A mystery set in on former sugar plantation and a mediation on the legacy of slavery.

 Picking Bones from Ash, by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. Japanese American woman’s account of seeking her mother and her roots in Japan.

The Mountain, by Drusilla Modjeska. A novel set on New Guinea exploring anthropological assumptions and independence.

When the Emperor was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. A lyrical novel about the Japanese immigration and internment.

 Carmelo, by Sandra Cineros. A coming of age story of Mexican American girl  in the USA and in Mexico.

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.   Civil war invading a Nigerian household is recounted by a major a major Nigerian author.



 A Border Passage, by Leila Ahmed. An autobiography of a woman who grew up in Muslim Egypt, studied abroad and has become an expert on women and Islam.

 Behind the Beautiful Forever, by Kathrine Boo. A journalists brings to life the inhabitants of a slum community in Mumbai.

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