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

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston 306.3 HUR

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 791.45 NOA

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller 968.91

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

My Forbidden Face, Growing Up Under the Taliban by Latifa 958.104 LAT

Himalaya: A Human History by Ed Douglas 954.93 DOU

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Fudal Japan by Thomas Lockly and Geoffrey Giard 952 LOC

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, 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

South American Fiction

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

 

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

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