Geography: Regional
SubSaharan Africa:

The Story of an African Farm, Oliver Schreiner, Dover Publications, 1998.

The Shadow of the Sacred Grove, Carol Spindel, Vintage Departures Books, 1989

Home and Exile, Chinua, Achebe, Oxford Press, 2000

Wand of Noble Wood, Onuora Nzekwu, 1971

Things Fall Apart, chinua Achebe, 1984 - This book has become a modern classic and has
positioned Achebe as the greatest African writer of the 20th century.

A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe, 1989

North Africa & Southwest Asia:

An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan, Jason Elliot, Picador Publishing, 1999 - One of
the most beautifully written books I have ever read.

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey, Alison Wearing, Picador Publishing, 2000 -
fascinating reading

Holy Land, Whose Land? Modern Dilemma, Ancient Roots, Dorothy Drummond, Educare
Press, 2002.

The World of Jesus: Culture, History, Religion, Politics, Geography, Joanne Turpin, Twenty-
Third Publications, 2002

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi, Random House, 2004.

Coming Home to Jerusalem: A personal Journey, Wendy orange, A touchstone Book, 2000

Inside Afghanistan: The American Who Stayed Behind After 9/11 and His Mission of Mercy to
a War-Torn People, John Weaver, W Publishing, 2002

A Child of Two Worlds, Mugu Gatheru, 1966

Tell Freedom, Peter Abraham, 1982


Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy, Frances Mayes, Broadway Books, 2003

Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, Frances Mayes, Broadway Books, 2000

The Italians, Luigi Barzini and Joan Emerson, Simon and Schuster, 1996

Sicilian Walks: Exploring the History and Culture of the Two Sicilies, William J. Bonville, Mills
and Sanderson Publishers, 1988


Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984, Andrei Amalrik, 1981

Krushchev Remembers, Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, 1971

South Asia:

The Search for the Pink-headed Duck: A Journey into the Himalayas Down the Brahmaputra,
Rory Nugent, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1991

Nectar in a Sieve, Kamala Markandaya, 2002 (reissue)

A Handful of Rice, Kamala Markandaya, 1966

A Passage to India, E.M. Forester, Harcourt inc., 1924

North America:

Native American Stories told by Joseph Bruchac, Joseph Bruchac, Fulcrum Publishing, 1991.

The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to our Town, Mary Pipher, Harcourt
Publishing, 2002.

Other Social Studies


Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism, Thomas L. Freedman, Anchor
Books, 2003

In the Name of God: Understanding the Mindset of Terrorism, Timothy Demy and Gary P.
Stewart, Harvest House Publications, 2002

The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace, M. Scott Peck, M.D., Simon and Schuster,

Stonehenge Decoded, Gerald S. Hawkins, 1965

Looking for Dilmun, Geoffrey Bibby, 1970 - The most exciting archaeology book I've ever

The Descent of Woman, Elaine Morgan, 1972

Kon-Tiki, Thor Hyerdahl, 1950

The Ra Expeditions, Thor Heyerdahl, 1982

Aku-Aku, Thor Heyerdahl


Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to their Children, Dorie McDullough Lawson,
Doubleday, 2004

Where the Buck Stops: the Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman, Margaret
Truman, ed., Warner Books, 1989

Mark McGuire Home Run Hero: A Biography, Rob Rains, St. Martin's Press, 1998

I Michelangelo, Sculptor, Irving Stone Ed.