Global Reads

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African Fiction

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe F ACHEBE Chinua
Set in Nigeria by a Nigerian author.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite F BRAITHWAITE Oyinkan
Set in Nigeria, by a Nigerian author.

Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed F MOHAMED Nadifa
Set around Somalia, by a Somalian author.

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma F OBIOMA Chigozie
Set in Nigeria, by a Nigerian author.

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi F SELASI Taiye
Set in Ghana, by a British-American author.

Murder on an Egyptian Note by Shelley Glodowski M GLODOWSKI Shelley
Set in Egypt, by a Wisconsin author.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith M MCCALL SMITH Alexander
Set in Botswana, by a British-Zimbabwean author.

African Non-Fiction

Dead Aid, Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo 338.91 MOY

Dark Star Safari, Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux 916.04 THE

The Translator, a Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari 962.404 HAR

The Flame Trees of Thika, Memories of an African Childhood by Elspeth Huxley 967.6 HUX

Asian Fiction

The Warlord by Malcolm Bosse F BOSSE Malcolm
Set in China, by an American author.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini F HOSSEINI Khaled
Set in Afghanistan, by an Afghan author.

Killing Commendatore by Haruki  Murakami F MURAKAMI Haruki
Set in Japan, by a Japanese author.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata F MURATA Sayaka
Set in Japan, by a Japanese author.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See F SEE Lisa
Set in China, by a Chinese-American author.

Asian Non-Fiction

Indian Summer, the Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex Von Tunzelmann 954.03 VON

My Forbidden Face, Growing up Under the Taliban by Latifa 958.104 Lat

European Fiction

The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther F CROWTHER Yasmin
Set in Iran, by a British author.

Ireland by Frank Delaney F DELANEY Frank
Set in Ireland, by an Irish author.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel F MARTEL Yann
Set in Portugal, by a Canadian author.

The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd F RUTHERFORD Edward
Set in Ireland, by a British author.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter F WALTER Jess
Set in Italy, by an American author.

European Non-Fiction

My Life in France by Julia Child 641.5092 CHI

A Year of Sundays, Taking the Plunge (and Our Cat) to Explore Europe by Edward D Webster 914.04 Web

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik 944 GOP

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin 944.361 BAL

Bella Tuscany, the Sweet Life in Italy by Frances Mayes 945.5 MAY

Oceanic Fiction

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton F CATTON Eleanor
Set in New Zealand, by a New Zealand author.

The Tattoo Artist by Jill Ciment F CIMENT Jill
Set in the South Pacific, by a Canadian author.

Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Coetzee F COETZEE J.M.
Set in Australia, by a South African-born author.

The Bone People by Keri Hulme F HULME Keri
Set around New Zealand, by a New Zealand author.

Breath by Tim Winton F WINTON Tim
Set in Australia, by an Australian author.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper M HARPER Jane
Set in Australia, by an Australian author.

Oceanic Non-Fiction

The Happy Isles of Oceania, Paddling the Pacific by Paul Theroux 919.504 THE

The White Darkness by David Grann 919.89 GRA

The Bounty, the True Story of the mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander 996.18 ALE 

South American Fiction

The Gods of Tango by Carolina DeRobertis F DeROBERTIS Carolina
Set in Brazil, by a Uruguayan-American author.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez F GARCIA MARQUEZ Gabriel
Set near the Caribbean, by a Colombian author.

The Lady, the Chef, and the Courtesan by Marisol F MARISOL
Set in Venezuela, by a Venezuelan author.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett F PATCHETT Ann
Set in Peru, by an American author.

The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles F PEEBLES Frances
Set in Brazil, by a Brazilian author.

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield  F REDFIELD James
Set in Peru, by an American author.

South American Non-Fiction

Patagonian Road, a Year Alone through Latin America by Kate McCahill 918.04 MCC

The Unconquered, in Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes by Scott Wallace 981 WAL

Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams 985.37 ADA

Law of the Jungle, the Hunt for Colombian guerrillas, American Hostages, and Buried Treasure by John Otis 986.106 OTI