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Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Call Number: Fic Achebe
Set in an Ibo village in Nigeria, the novel recreates pre-Christian tribal life and shows how the coming of the white man led to the breaking up of the old ways.

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Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Call Number: Fic Adichie
A teenaged Nigerian girl and her older brother struggle to cope with life in their tense, stifling household--caused by their father's demands for perfection--after getting a taste of freedom during a visit to their aunt's home.

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Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Call Number: Fic Adichie
A novel set during Nigeria's struggle for independence in the 1960s involving five characters including thirteen-year-old Ugwu; a university professor; Olanna, the professor's mistress; and a young Englishman named Richard.

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Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Call Number: Fic Adichie
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. The young man tries to join her but post-9/11 America won't let him in, so he goes to London and lives an undocumented life. Years later the pair meet again, back home in Nigeria. E-book is also available.

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Say You're One of Them - Uwem Akpan
Call Number: Fic Akpan
A collection of short stories by Uwem Akpan that celebrate the resilience and wisdom of children in third world countries. Includes stories from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Liberia.

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Little Bee - Chris Cleave
Call Number: Fic Cleave
This is the story of two women who lives collide one fateful day. One of them has to make a terrible choice. Two years later they meet again, and the story starts there.

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Disgrace - J. M. Coetzee
Call Number: Fic Coetzee
Fifty-two-year-old David Lurie, having lost his job and the respect of his friends and ex-wife after an affair with one of his students, retreats to his daughter's isolated small holding in South Africa where he attempts to relate to her and a society with new racial complexities.

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Broken Memory - Elisabeth Combres; Shelley Tanaka
Call Number: Fic Combres
Five-year-old Emma witnesses the brutal murder of her mother during the 1994 genocide massacres in Rwanda and seeks shelter with an aging Hutu woman; but years later when war ends, Emma's fears continue to haunt her as she finds the courage to begin her healing.

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Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga
Call Number: Fic Dangarembga
Tambu, an adolescent girl living in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s, tries to overcome her allotted role as a woman in the patriarchal society of Zimbabwe by attending the missionary school run by her wealthy, British-educated uncle.

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Equatoria - Tom Dreyer
Call Number: Fic Dreyer
In 1912, Two English adventurers journey through the jungles of central Africa to capture the mysterious and reclusive okapi for the Antwerp zoo.

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Crossbones - Nuruddin Farah
Call Number: Fic Farah
Jeebleh, a Somali-born Minnesota literature professor, travels to visit old friends in Mogadiscio, accompanied by his son-in-law Malik, a journalist who wants to investigate pirating in Somalia's coastal waters. They are joined by Malik's brother Ahl, who is looking for his naive son, who has been recruited for jihad by an iman in Minnesota.

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The Good Braider - Terry Farish
Call Number: Fic Farish
Follows Viola as she survives brutality in war-torn Sudan, makes a perilous journey, lives as a refugee in Egypt, and finally reaches Portland, Maine, where her quest for freedom and security is hampered by memories of past horrors and the traditions her mother and other Sudanese adults hold dear.

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Born on a Tuesday - Elnathan John
Call Number: Fic John
Can Dantala resist the seduction of religious fundamentalism and the thrill of life on the run? In far northwestern Nigeria, a young boy struggles with his own identity in a society that is fractured by daily violence, extreme religion, and corrupt politics.

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Palace Walk - Naguib Mahfouz
Call Number: Fic Mahfouz
Al-Sayyid Ahmad tries to keep his wife and children in line as a good Egyptian patriarch should, but his own need for sexual and alcoholic diversions and his sons' growing independence interfere.

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In the Country of Men - Hisham Matar
Call Number: Fic Matar
Qaddafi's Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman’s days are typical for a Libyan childhood: outings to the ruins surrounding Tripoli, games with friends played under the burning sun, exotic gifts from his father’s constant business trips abroad. Then one day Suleiman sees his father across the square of a busy marketplace, his face wrapped in a pair of dark sunglasses. Wasn’t he supposed to be away on business yet again? Why is he going into that strange building with the green shutters? Why did he lie? Suleiman is soon caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand.

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Devil on the Cross - Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Call Number: Fic Ngugi
Centers around Wariinga's tragedy and uses it to tell a story of contemporary Kenya faced with the "satan of capitalism."

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The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg - Sibusiso Nyembezi
Call Number: Fic Nyembezi
While the farming village of Nyanyadu faces the ramifications of the approaching apartheid, Mkhwanazi receives a mysterious correspondence from a man in Pietermarizburg, and later meets a man who promises untold riches for the community.

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The Famished Road - Ben Okri
Call Number: Fic Okri
Tells the story of an African village through the eyes of a spirit child, Azaro, whose perpetual smile belies a life of touched by sadness and death.

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Blue Gold - Elizabeth Stewart
Call Number: Fic Stewart
Three teenagers actions and lives are changed by the impact of the conflict over a natural resource used in the manufacture of cell phones. Sylvie flees her homeland of Congo and now lives in a refugee camp; Laiping is searching for a better life and is drawn into grueling work making components for cell phones in a Chinese factory; and Fiona who lives in North America and is the owner of a cell phone that she misuses with consequences she may deeply regret.

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The Bitter Side of Sweet - Tara Sullivan
Call Number: Fic Sullivan
Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape. Is freedom now possible?

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Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Call Number: Fic Verghese
Twin brothers Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, sharing a deep bond that has helped them survive the loss of their parents and the country's political upheaval, but when they both fall for the same woman, their bond is broken and the two go their separate ways, until a medical crisis reunites them.

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Diamond Boy - Michael Williams
Call Number: Fic Williams
When Patson's family moves to Marange region of Zimbabwe, he begins working in the mines, searching for blood diamonds, until government soldiers arrive and Patson is forced to journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister and a better life.

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One Day the Soldiers Came - Charles London
Call Number: 305.9 London
An expose of the violence and hardships of twenty million children across the globe who have been orphaned, or injured by war, famine, and poverty.

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Hidden Girl - Shyima Hall; Lisa Wysocky (As told to)
Call Number: 306.3 Hall
One of eleven children, Shyima lived with her family in poverty in Egypt. To repay a debt, Shyima takes her older sister's place as a domestic servant to a wealthy family in Cairo. And so begins her life as a slave. In 2000 the family move to the United States and Shyima goes with them illegally. Her harrowing life as a child slave is described here, but also described here is her inspiring road to freedom.
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The Door of No Return - William St. Clair
Call Number: 306.3 St Clair
Traces the history of Cape Coast Castle on the coast of Ghana in West Africa, recounting the castle's link to the region's bloody slave trade and exploring how the castle was used to sell, transport, and smuggle slaves throughout the eighteenth century.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer
Call Number: 333.79 Kamk- wamba
The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to bring electricity and running water to his village in Malawi by building a makeshift windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts. E-book is also available.

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Africa United - Steve Bloomfield
Call Number: 796.334 Bloomfield
Steve Bloomfield, a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya, travels to thirteen countries in Africa to speak to soccer players, fans, politicians, rebel leaders, and other individuals in order to learn about the sport's popularity and significance in African culture, and discusses how soccer has affected daily lives, politics, and the global world. For ninety minutes nothing else matters.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo
Call Number: 954.05 Boo
Examines and provides real-life accounts of urban poor families living on the outskirts of Mumbai airport, India, through the daily struggles of a Muslim teenager and garbage sorter, Abdul; Asha, the mother who is willing to do anything to help her daughter succeed; and Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief. E-book is also available.

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The Return - Hisham Matar
Call Number: 961.2 Matar
In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years. When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later, Matar's's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regime's most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballah Matar will be found alive...

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Lost Boy, Lost Girl - John Bul Dau; Martha Arual Akech
Call Number: 962.4 Dau
John Bul Dau and his wife, Martha, describe the hardships they experienced, including violence, famine, and war, while growing up in the Sudan and explain how they escaped the region to start a new life. E-book is also available.

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They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky - Benjamin Ajak; Benson Deng; Alephonsion Deng; Judy Bernstein
Call Number: 962.4 Deng
Between 1987 and 1989, across Sudan, tens of thousands of young boys fled from the massacres of Sudan's civil war. They became known as the Lost Boys. Here is the story of three of them.

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War Child - Emmanuel Jal; Megan Lloyd Davies (Contribution by)
Call Number: 962.4 Jal
Describes the harrowing youth of Emmanuel Jal, who was forced at the age of seven to be a child soldier in the Christian Sudanese Liberation Army and who as a young man became a hip-hop music star in Kenya and a spokesperson for Amnesty International.

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Out of Exile - Craig Walzer (Editor)
Call Number: 962.7 Out
Contains interviews with refugees and abductees from the wars in Darfur and South Sudan in which they tell of their escapes and their lives in camps and other locations around the world.

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Stolen Lives - Malika Oufkir
Call Number: 964 Oufkir
The memoir of Malika Oufkir, the daughter of the king of Morocco's aide, who until 1972 lived a life of extreme privilege. When her father attempts to assassinate the king, she and her family were imprisoned for twenty years.

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A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
Call Number: 966.4 Beah
This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.

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The Bite of the Mango - Mariatu Kamara; Susan McClelland (As told to); Ishmael Beah (Foreword by)
Call Number: 966.4 Kamara
Describes the life of Mariatu Kamara, focusing on her experiences as a child during the civil war in Sierra Leone where she was raped, tortured, and had her hands cut off by juvenile rebel soldiers; and discusses her experiences after the war as a UNICEF Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Ebook also available.

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The Pygmies Were Our Compass - Kairn A. Klieman
Call Number: 967 Klieman
Presents a history of west-central Africa, through the relations between Bantu and Batwa or "Pygmy" people, focusing on the interactions between their complex societies of agriculturalists (farmers) and forest specialists (hunter-gatherers).

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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families - Philip Gourevitch
Call Number: 967.571 Gourevitch
In 1994 the Rwandan government implemented a policy the called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Done mostly with machetes, 800,000 men, women, and children, were slaughtered in a hundred days. The author describes not only the genocide itself, but the aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge, and the quest for justice. Could the genocide have been prevented? Did the world turn its back on the events unfolding in Rwanda? Was the reaction of international humanitarian organizations inadequate?

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The Price of Stones - Twesigye Jackson Kaguri; Susan Urbanek Linville
Call Number: 967.6 Kaguri
The author, a Ugandan human rights advocate, tells how he and his American wife used their modest resources and contributions from friends and churches to open a school for children in Uganda who had lost one or both parents to AIDS.

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I Refuse to Die - Koigi wa Wamwere; Kerry Kennedy (Foreword by); Nan Richardson (Foreword by)
Call Number: 967.62 Koigi wa
Kenyan activist, journalist, and parliament member Koigi wa Wamwere tells his life story, describing his childhood in colonial Kenya and the torture he suffered during his thirteen years as a political prisoner during the regimes of Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi. Includes the Mau Mau Uprising of 1952 to 1960 also known as the Kenya Emergency, when Kenyan rebels rose up against British colonialist rule.

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Dreams in a Time of War - Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Call Number: 967.62 Ngugiwa
Twentieth-century Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʾo describes his life, detailing his childhood in rural Kenya as the fifth child of his father's third wife, and discussing social and political conditions in Africa under British colonial rule.

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Aman - Janice Boddy (As told to); Virginia Lee Barnes (As told to)
Call Number: 967.73 Barnes
Aman, a Somali woman, tells of her experiences growing up in a world in which women are both chattel and freewheeling entrepreneurs, subject to the whims of male relatives, yet aware of the loopholes that lead to freedom. Includes the account of her ritual female genital mutilation, or female circumcision, at the age of nine, and her arranged marriage at the age of thirteen.

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Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
Call Number: 968 Noah
Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Armed with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconditional love, he sets out on the journey of life.

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Invictus - John Carlin
Call Number: 968.05 Carlin
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

 

Asia

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Woman in the Dunes - Kobo Abe; E. Dale Saunders (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Abe
After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, a man is offered lodging with the locals. When he tries to leave the next morning he finds they have other plans for him. Helped by an odd young woman, he must shovel back the ever-advancing dunes that threaten to destroy the village. Will he ever finish his task? Can he ever escape?

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The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
Call Number: Fic Adiga
Balram Halwai is educated in the art of corruption when he is hired as the driver for the wealthiest man in his village in India, and witnesses his employers bribe and barter through his rear view mirror.

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Under the Lemon Trees - Bhira Backhaus
Call Number: Fic Backhaus
Fifteen-year-old Jeeto spends her early teenage years in Oak Grove, California, during the 1970s, but finds herself torn between freeing American opportunities and the restrictions of her own Indian culture.

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A Moment Comes - Jennifer Bradbury
Call Number: Fic Bradbury
As the partition of India nears in 1947 bringing violence even to Jalandhar, Tariq, a Muslim, finds himself caught between his forbidden interest in Anupreet, a Sikh girl, and Margaret, a British girl whose affection for him might help with his dream of studying at Oxford.

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Monkey Bridge - Lan Cao
Call Number: Fic Cao
Mai Nguyen, a young Vietnamese girl, immigrates to America after the end of the Vietnam War and moves into a Vietnamese community in Virginia where she is reunited with her mother and learns about her family's dark past.

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Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused - Howard Goldblatt (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Chairman
A collection of twenty-one short fiction stories of love, sex, murder, honor, and superstition, written by a variety of contemporary Chinese authors from the post-Mao era.

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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party - Ying Chang Compestine
Call Number: Fic Compestine
Starting in 1972 in China when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie
Call Number: Fic Dai
Two boys, moved to the country for "re-education" as part of Mao's Cultural Revolution, find little to amuse them, but things change when they discover a stash of Western classics in Chinese translation and use the stories of Balzac to capture the attention of the beautiful daughter of the local tailor.

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Nine Days - Fred Hiatt
Call Number: Fic Hiatt
Tenth-graders Ethan and Ti-Anna go to Hong Kong seeking her father, an exiled Chinese democracy activist who has disappeared, and follow his trail to Vietnam and back, also uncovering illegal activity along the way. Includes author's note and the history behind the novel written by the girl who inspired it.

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The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing - Mira Jacob
Call Number: Fic Jacob
Decades after an interrupted visit to India triggers a haunting series of events, brain surgeon Thomas Eapen begins having conversations in the back yard with his dead relatives, prompting his daughter Amina to rush to the family home. What she finds will force a coming to terms with her family's painful past.

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Waiting - Ha Jin
Call Number: Fic Jin
ISBN: 0375406530
Lin Kong struggles to balance his life between the two women he loves and the country that is trying to rule his life.

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Silk Tether - Minal Khan
Call Number: Fic Khan
From silk saris to bombings; from fundamentalism to American sympathy; from Dior makeup to desperate poverty; from sexual abuse to religious taboos, this is the world of Ayla and her friends, all in their late teens, struggling in the real world of modern-day Pakistan, where life may be rich but is anything but simple: Alia is oppressed by her wealthy, overly conservative parents, and Tanzeela, is trapped in an abusive arranged marriage.

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Real World - Natsuo Kirino
Call Number: Fic Kirino
Four teenage girls living in the suburbs of Tokyo, Toshi, Terauchi, Yuzan, and Kirarin, are doing their best to focus on summer school classes, in preparation for college, but when Toshi's neighbor is found murdered the girls suspect his son, a high school classmate they nicknamed "Worm."

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The Vagrants - Yiyun Li
Call Number: Fic Li
The story of the lives of a group of people, including the rebellious Gu Shan now a political prisoner, her desperate mother, a serious seven-year-old boy called Tong, a crippled girl called Nini, the sinister idler Bashi, and Kai, a beautiful radio announcer, who all live in a small provincial town in China during the late 1970s. Set against the conflict between a country that lives in the shadow of the Cultural Revolution and internal forces like the anti-Communist Democratic Wall Movement who are trying to push open its doors to the rest of the world.

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1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
Call Number: Fic Murakami
An ode to George Orwell's "1984" told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.

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Bamboo People - Mitali Perkins
Call Number: Fic Perkins
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.

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The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Call Number: Fic Roy
On a December day in 1969 twins Rahel and Estha, born to a wealthy family living in the province of Kerala, India, find their lives changed after the death of their English cousin who was visiting for the holidays.

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
Call Number: Fic See
Friends Snow Flower and Lily find solace in their bond as they face isolation, arranged marriages, loss, and motherhood in nineteenth-century China. E-book is also available.

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Keeping Corner - Kashmira Sheth
Call Number: Fic Sheth
In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms.

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HomeSpun - Nilita Vachani
Call Number: Fic Vachani
Sweta reflects on her family's history and modern India in general, discussing the unhappy marriage between her grandfather, an Indian independence fighter who is committed to his principles, and her grandmother, who only cares about fashion, and her father's childhood as a film star.

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Climbing the Stairs - Padma Venkatraman
Call Number: Fic Venkatraman
In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.

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Pyongyang - Guy Delisle; Helge Dascher (Translator)
Call Number: GN DELISLE
Documents the two months Canadian animator Guy Delisle spent overseeing cartoon production in North Korea, where he records everything including the statues and portraits of dictators Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il and the ordinary citizens of the country.

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Princess Peacock - Haiwang Yuan; Zheng Chunde
Call Number: 951 Yuan
Presents over fifty representative folktales, including stories about animals, morality, love, magic, creation, and ethnic origins from China's 56 officially recognized minorities, such as Tibetans, Mongolians, Manchus, Zhuangs, and Dais, with information on each ethnic group's culture,homes, clothing, religions, customs, festivals, entertainment, literature, language, food, games, crafts, and more.

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Factory Girls - Leslie T. Chang
Call Number: 951.05 Chang
Through the lives of two young women who migrate from their villages to the assembly lines of Dongguan, near Hong Kong, the author tells the story of the 130 million migrant workers of today's China. She also tells the story of her own migration within China and then to the West.

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Colors of the Mountain - Da Chen
Call Number: 951.05 Chen
An autobiography of Da Chen, who describes how he and his family survived the Cultural Revolution in China.

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China Homecoming - Jean Fritz; Michael Fritz (Photographer)
Call Number: 951.05 Fritz
The author returns to China, to relive her memories of her youth and to witness the many historical and social changes that have taken place since she left the country in 1928.

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Red Scarf Girl - Ji-Li Jiang
Call Number: 951.05 Jiang
The story of Ji-li Jiang a twelve-year-old girl growing up in China in 1966, the year that Chairman Mao launched the Cultural Revolution. Suddenly intelligence and wealth become a crime and she and her family are not only humiliated and hated by their former friends and neighbors but also under constant threat of arrest. E-book is also available.

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The Bitter Sea - Charles N. Li
Call Number: 951.05 Li
The author, the youngest son of a wealthy Chinese government official, describes his experiences after Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists came to power in 1945 and his father was jailed for treason, following his path from a dangerous Nanjing slum to life as an independent Chinese American.

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Chinese Cinderella - Adeline Yen Mah
Call Number: 951.05 Mah
The autobiography of Adeline Yen Mah whose mother dies at her birth. Set in twentieth century China, it follows Adeline and her siblings through a childhood full of sadness and unfullfilled dreams, made more acute when her father remarries. E-book is also available.

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Snow Falling in Spring - Moying Li
Call Number: 951.05 Moying Li
The author narrates her life during the Cultural Revolution when the Red Guards launched brutal assaults and forced confessions and describes how she found solace in a world of imagination when her father smuggles a reading list of banned books to her from labor camp.

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My Name Is Number 4 - Ting-Xing Ye
Call Number: 951.05 Ye
Ting-Xing Ye recounts the brutality, horror, and desperation she and her family faced during the Chinese cultural revolution and reflects on how those events impacted every aspect of her life.

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Postcards from Tomorrow Square - James Fallows
Call Number: 951.06 Fallows
Collects twelve essays from "The Atlantic Monthly" journalist James Fallows written between 2006 and 2008 that examine the transformation of China's economy and political structure in the twenty-first century. Topics include the evolution of the Internet in China and its effects, China's growth as a globally dominant manufacturing center; China's role as a financial center; the increasing environmental problems in China and how they are being addressed; the preparations for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, international protests and disruptions to the Olympic torch relay and the controversy surrounding air pollution; reality television shows in China; the devastating earthquake of May 2008; poverty in the remote western provinces of China; United States investments in China; and also addresses the stereotypical western view of China as "one big supercoordinated beehive" that the author believes is far from the truth.

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Lost on Planet China - J. Maarten Troost
Call Number: 951.06 Troost
The author describes his experiences while living in Shanghai, which includes eating a yak in Tibet, visiting with Chairman Mao, and hiking up Tai Shan, and also presents a view of Chinese culture from Troost's perspective.

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Nothing to Envy - Barbara Demick
Call Number: 951.9 Demick
Chronicles the lives of six North Korean defectors over a span of fifteen years, exploring how the lives of these ordinary citizens were impacted by key social, political, and economic events of the time. Includes the day to day lives of a couple who made movies for the North Korean cinema, the story of a childhood in rural South Korea, and daily life during the famine in North Korea in the 1990s.

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Escape from Camp 14 - Blaine Harden
Call Number: 951.9 Harden
Chronicles the life of Dong-hyuk Shin, who was raised in a political prison camp in North Korea, and describes the inhuman condtions inside, his harrowing escape from the camp and the country, and his efforts to raise awareness of the camps to others.

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Every Falling Star - Sungju Lee; Susan Elizabeth McClelland
Call Number: 951.93 Lee
"The memoir of a boy named Sungju who grew up in North Korea and, at the age of twelve, was forced to live on the streets and fend for himself after his parents disappeared. Finally, after years of being homeless and living with a gang, Sungju is reunited with his maternal grandparents and, eventually, his father"--Provided by publisher.

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Samurai Rising - Pamela S. Turner; Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
Call Number: 952 Minamoto
Chronicles the life and career of samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune, discussing his exile as a child, running away as a teenager, becoming a military genius and more.

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Japan Pop! - Timothy J. Craig (Editor)
Call Number: 952.04 Japan
A collection of essays in which the authors examine various aspects of Japanese popular culture, covering popular music, comics and animation, and television and film. Includes discussion of the export of Japanese pop culture to other countries.

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First Darling of the Morning - Thrity Umrigar
Call Number: 954 Umrigar
A memoir in which Thrity Umrigar looks back on her childhood and adolescence in Bombay, discussing the paradoxes in her life, and the parallels between her coming-of-age, and the changes that occurred in her home country at the time.

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The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cellphone - Shashi Tharoor
Call Number: 954.05 Tharoor
Explores how India has begun to emerge as a new world power in recent years, and examines the country's diverse languages, customs, and cultures, as well as the changes that have defined the nation.

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Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal - Conor Grennan
Call Number: 954.96 Grennan
Conor Grennan describes his three-month service at an orphanage in war-torn Nepal, explains his discovery that the children were actually victims of human traffickers, and discusses his efforts to reunite the children with their parents.

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Alive in the Killing Fields - Nawuth Keat; Martha Kendall
Call Number: 959.604 Keat
Nawuth Keat, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge invasion of Cambodia, describes his experiences, discussing the killings of his family members, his enslavement, the relationships that were formed between people from his community, and more. E-book is also available.

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First They Killed My Father - Loung Ung
Call Number: 959.604 Ung
Loung Ung, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official in Phnom Penh, tells of her experiences after her family was forced to flee from Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army, discussing her training as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, and telling of how her surviving siblings were eventually reunited.

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace - Dang Thuy Tram
Call Number: 959.704 Dang
An English translation of the diary of Dang Thuy Tram, a 27-year-old doctor who volunteered to serve in a Viet Cong battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. Includes notes, photographs, and an introduction by Frances FitzGerald.

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The Latehomecomer - Kao Kalia Yang
Call Number: 959.704 Yang
Kao Kalia Yang describes her harrowing escape from war in Laos in this memoir dedicated to her grandmother. It is a portrait of the consequences of U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia and a first-hand account of the little- known exodus of the Hmong people, first to refugee camps in Thailand and then, for many, to new homes in Minnesota.

 

Latin America

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In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
Call Number: Fic Alvarez
Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republica in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands. Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice; beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas.

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2666 - Roberto Bolaño; Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Bolano
Collects a series of five novellas from Roberto Bolaño, in which individuals are drawn for various reasons to the small Mexican border town of Santa Teresa, where hundreds of women have disappeared over the span of a decade.

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Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat
Call Number: Fic Danticat
On the night of her seventh birthday, Claire of the Sea Light disappears. As her desperate father and other islanders search for her, secrets long kept are uncovered, and the little girl's connection to them, and perhaps to us, is revealed.

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The Gods of Tango - Carolina De Robertis
Call Number: Fic De Robertis
Seventeen-year-old Leda, clutching a suitcase and her father's cherished violin, leaves her small Italian village for a new home (and husband) halfway across the world in Argentina. Upon her arrival in Buenos Aires, Leda is shocked to find that her bridegroom has been killed. In order to survive, she finally acts on a passion she has kept secret for years: mastering the violin...disguised as a young man.

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The Only Road - Alexandra Diaz
Call Number: Fic Diaz
Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.

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Silver People - Margarita Engle
Call Number: Fic Engle
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other young Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the Panama Canal.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Call Number: Fic Garcia
The story follows 100 years in the life of Macondo, a village founded by José Arcadio Buendía and occupied by descendants all sporting variations on their progenitor's name: his sons, José Arcadio and Aureliano, and grandsons, Aureliano José, Aureliano Segundo, and José Arcadio Segundo. Then there are the women--the two Úrsulas, a handful of Remedios, Fernanda, and Pilar--who struggle to remain grounded even as their menfolk build castles in the air.

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Dreaming in Cuban - Cristina García
Call Number: Fic Garcia
The story of four strong-willed Cuban women of three generations of the del Pino family of Havana and Brooklyn who are divided by conflicting political loyalties

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Haiti Noir - Edwidge Danticat (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Haiti
A collection of eighteen noir stories set in Haiti, including selections by Gary Victor, Evelyne Trouillot, Yanick Lahens, and others.

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A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
Call Number: Fic James
A novel framed as a fictional oral history that explores the events and characters surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the political turmoil in the late 1970s that made the island of Jamaica a dangerous and violent place to be.

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The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
Call Number: Fic Kingsolver
Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds, Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, finds himself pulled into some of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events as he searches for his true identity.

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Brasyl - Ian McDonald
Call Number: Fic McDonald
A novel featuring three different characters linked together across time, space, and reality in Brazil.

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The Sound of Things Falling - Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Call Number: Fic Vasquez
Antonio's fascination with the life of ex-pilot Ricardo Laverde begins as a friendly casual acquaintance in a seedy Bogota billiard hall until the day a violent attack changes everything.

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Hold Tight, Don't Let Go - Laura Rose Wagner
Call Number: Fic Wagner
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp, dreaming of joining Nadine but wondering if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.

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The Eastern Stars - Mark Kurlansky
Call Number: 796.357 Kurlansky
What do Rico Carty, Alfredo Griffin, Pedro Guerreo, George Bell, Julio Franco, Juan Samuel, and Sammy Sosa have in common? By the end of the 2010 baseball season, these men and total of a eighty-six players from the impoverished sugar-mill town of San Pedro de Macorís had played in the Major Leagues.

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The Firefly Letters - Margarita Engle
Call Number: 811.6 Engle
Collects poems from Cuban-American poet Margarita Engle in which she explores the history of women's rights on the island of Cuba through the eyes of Swedish author Fredrika Bremer who arrives there for a visit in 1851.

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This Love Is Not for Cowards - Robert Andrew Powell
Call Number: 972 Powell
Best known for its astonishing murder rate, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, doesn't sound like a place you'd choose to live. A border city its been hit by drug and human trafficking. But under the violence, the author finds that the million or so inhabitants who have decided to stay, are proud of their city, and the reason is the hopes they pin on their home soccer team, the Indios.

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Leaving Glorytown - Eduardo F. Calcines
Call Number: 972.91 Calcines
The author reflects on his childhood growing up in 1960s Cuba, discussing how his family was treated for applying for an exit visa to the United States, his fears of being drafted into the Army, the conditions of his poor neighborhood, and more.

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings - Margarita Engle; Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
Call Number: 972.91 Engle
She's a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, the lush tropical island of her mother, but most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in a noisy city. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba, and hostility between the United States and Cuba erupts into the Bay of Pigs invasion. Why do these two countries hate each other so much? Will she ever be able to visit the land of her dreams again?

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Havana Real - Yoani Sanchez
Call Number: 972.91 Sánchez
Collects Generación Y blog entries in which Yoani Sanchez shares what daily life is like in Cuba, discussing health care, hunger, the media, and other topics.

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Brazil's Dance with the Devil - Dave Zirin
Call Number: 981 Zirin
As the pressures of hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics mount, ordinary Brazilians are holding the country's biggest protest marches in decades. Sports journalist Dave Zirin traveled to Brazil to find out why. He visits the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the fabled Maracana Stadium on his search to find out why athletic mega-events have caused such unrest.

 

General Literature

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Imagining America - Wesley Brown (Editor); Amy Ling (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Imagining
ISBN: 0892552778
A multicultural anthology of thirty-seven short stories written between 1900 and the early 1990s, telling of how people of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, Jewish, Middle Eastern, and European descent try to reconcile their visions of America with reality.

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Into the Widening World - John Loughery (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Into
A collection of twenty-six short stories about the lives of young people, from twenty-two different countries on five continentsr.

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Literature from the Axis of Evil - Samantha Schnee (Editor); Words Without Borders Staff; New Press Staff (Created by); Dedi Felman (Editor); Alane Mason (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Literature
Stories and poems from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and Cuba. Countries that were labelled "enemy nations" by the American government are here revealed as rich in culture and humanity.

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Shattered - Jennifer Armstrong (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Shattered
A collection of twelve stories that explore the way that children are affected by war including a girl whose family and village are destroyed by the Soviets in Afghanistan, two Native American soldiers fighting with the Union army in the Civil War, the children of a Vietnam veteran, and the escape of a Palestinian girl and her family during the Six-Day War.

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Sudden Fiction International - Robert Shapard; James Thomas
Call Number: Fic Sudden
ISBN: 0393306135
A collection of sixty short stories, most three pages or less, by authors from around the world. Countries represented include the United States, the Soviet Union, South Africa, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, India, Canada, China and Italy.

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One Day the Soldiers Came - Charles London
Call Number: 325 London
An expose of the violence and hardships of twenty million children across the globe who have been orphaned, or injured by war, famine, and poverty.

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Immigrant Voices, Volume 2 - Gordon Hutner
Call Number: 325.73 Immigrant
Immigrants from around the world, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Bosnia, Nigeria, Russia, China, India, Trinidad, Cuba, Chile, Ethiopia, Croatia, Burundi, Cambodia, and Thailand, tell their stories of coming to the United States.

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How Soccer Explains the World - Franklin Foer
Call Number: 796.334 Foer
The Internet has made the world of soccer more accessible. Cable channels bring games from Paraguay, Honduras, Netherlands, Scotland, Brazil, and England. Is this the globalization of the world's best game? Teams have gone global as well: Basque teams have Welsh coaches, and pull in Dutch and Turkish players; and for a time English player David Beckham moved to America. Has this globalization of the game been beneficial or is there a downside? Are the powerful new oligarchs like Silvio Berlusconi on the rise and causing even more corruption? Why are Brazilians rioting?

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Words Without Borders - Alane Salierno Mason (Editor); Dedi Felman (Editor); Samantha Schnee (Editor)
Call Number: 813.6 Words
Contains English translations of twenty-eight pieces of literature (short stories, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels) by authors from all over the world (China, Argentina, Bosnia, Norway, Iran, Egypt, Romania, Nigeria, Haiti, Lebanon, Palestine, South Korea, Bangladesh, Iraq, Syria, Italy, Germany, Poland, France, Mexico, El Savaldor, and Indonesia).

 

Middle East

 

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Green on Blue - Elliot Ackerman
Call Number: Fic Ackerman
Two brothers, Aziz and Ali growing up among the pine forests and endless mountains in eastern Afghanistan, are left without a home in wartime and struggle to survive and to understand where they fit into this savage conflict. When Ali is injured by a bomb explosion, Aziz must make difficult decisions to save him.

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Born under a Million Shadows - Andrea Busfield
Call Number: Fic Busfield
Fawad, an optimistic Afghan boy living in Kabul, loses his father, brother, and sister to the Taliban regime, but when his mother is hired as a housekeeper for a charismatic Western woman, Fawad is exposed to endless curiosities, though another calamity may cost Fawad his faith in his country.

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The Tyrant's Daughter - J. C. Carleson
Call Number: Fic Carleson
Exiled to the United States after her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila must cope with a completely new way of life, the truth of her father's regime, and her mother and brother's ways of adjusting.

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The Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis
Call Number: Fic Ellis
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

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If You Could Be Mine - Sara Farizan
Call Number: Fic Farizan
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

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City of Veils - Zoë Ferraris
Call Number: Fic Ferraris
Policeman Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi, and Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi investigate the murder of a young Muslim woman whose body is washed up on the shores of Jeddah beach.

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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell - Nadia Hashimi
Call Number: Fic Hashimi
ISBN: 0062244752
In Kabul, Afghanisan in 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: Fic Hosseini
Set against the background of Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and the reign of the Taliban, this is the story of two ordinary individuals and the choices they make in extraordinary situations.

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And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: Fic Hosseini
In an Afghan village, three-year-old Pari and her big brother Abdullah, are motherless siblings with a tight bond.

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Confessions - Rabee Jaber; Kareem James Abu-Zeid (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Jabir
During the violence and chaos of the Lebanese Civil War, a car pulls up to a roadblock on a narrow side street in Beirut. After a brief and confused exchange, several rounds of bullets are fired into the car, killing everyone inside except for a small boy of four or five. The boy is taken to the hospital, adopted by one of the assassins, and raised in a new family.

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In the Name of God - Paula Jolin
Call Number: Fic Jolin
Determined to follow the laws set down in the Qur'an, seventeen-year-old Nadia becomes involved in a violent revolutionary movement aimed at supporting Muslim rule in Syria and opposing the Western politics and materialism that increasingly affect her family.

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A Little Piece of Ground - Elizabeth Laird
Call Number: Fic Laird
In the Palestinian city of Ramallah, 12-year-old Karim Aboudi is trapped indoors by armed Israeli soldiers and tanks blocking the streets. When the curfew is finally over Karim and his friends find a piece of waste ground that's perfect as a football field, but could also be a death-trap.

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Rebel Queen - Michelle Moran
Call Number: Fic Moran
The story of Queen Lakshmi--India's Joan of Arc--who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom. Told from the unexpected perspective of Sita--Queen Lakshmi's most favored companion and most trusted soldier in the all-female army.

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Snow - Orhan Pamuk
Call Number: Fic Pamuk
After years of political exile in Western Europe, poet Ka returns to a remote city in Istanbul in the middle of a snowstorm and loses his bearings while investigating a string of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves

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The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
Call Number: Fic Rushdie
When their hijacked jet blows apart, two men miraculously survive. It's a miracle but then Gibreel acquires a halo, and Saladin's feet turn into hooves and he grows horns. They have been chosen (by whom?) as opponents in an eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil. But which is which? Can demons be angelic? Can angels be devils in disguise?

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Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Call Number: Fic Rushdie
The story of Saleem Sinal, born precisely at midnight August 15, 1947, the moment India became independent, and whose life parallels the "tryst with destiny" of this new nation.

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Girls of Riyadh - Rajaa Alsanea
Call Number: Fic Sani
When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. Now in English, Alsanea's tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view. Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home.

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I Remember Beirut - Zeina Abirached (Illustrator); Edward Gauvin (Translator)
Call Number: GN ABIRACHED
Presents, in graphic novel format, Zeina Abirached's war time memories of growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, in the 1980's, when Christians and Muslims were fighting in her neighborhood.

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A Game for Swallows - Zeina Abirached (Illustrator); Edward Gauvin (Translator)
Call Number: GN ABIRACHED
Zeina Abirached, a woman born into a Lebanese Christian family in 1981 during the civil war in Lebanon, reflects on her childhood, the disappearance of her parents, and the help and protection she received from neighbors.

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Zahra's Paradise - Amir; Imad Al-Din Khalil (Illustrator)
Call Number: GN Amir
Tehran, Iran, June 2009: After one of the great street protests following the elections, a young man called Mehdi has vanished. His mother, Zahra, and his brother search for him desperately, from hospitals to the morgue, from pleading with corrupt bureaucrats to hacking into the prison's computers, nothing can weaken the deep love of a mother for her son, a brother for a brother.

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The Photographer - Emmanuel Guibert (Illustrator); Frederic Lemercier; Didier Lefevre; Alexis Siegel (Translator)
Call Number: GN LEFEVRE
A graphic novel and photo journal that follows reporter Didier Lefevre on a dangerous journey through Afghanistan with the Doctors Without Borders mission.

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Before the Sandstorm - Bernard Chang (Illustrator); Niko Henrichon (Illustrator); David Lopez (Illustrator); Todd McFarlane (Illustrator); Jordan Mechner; Disney Book Group Staff
Call Number: GN Mechner
As five people face death for a crime they did not commit, each protests his or her innocence and tells the story of their own life-changing encounter with Dastan, the prince of Persia.

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Dare to Disappoint - Özge Samanci
Call Number: GN SAMANCI
As a child in Izmir, Turkey in the 80s and 90s, Ozge Samanci watches as her country struggles between its traditional religious heritage and the new secular westernized world of brand-name products and television stars. In Ozge's own family, she struggles to figure out the place where she belongs. Her older sister is a perfect student and her family had high hopes for Ozge too. But she is a dreamer and wants adventure. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Cousteau? Or should she become a world-famous actress? Can Ozge dare to overcome both her family and her country's expectations to find happiness by being an artist?

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The Arab of the Future - Riad Sattouf
Call Number: GN SATTOUF
Riad Sattouf recounts his nomadic childhood growing up in rural France, Gaddafi's Libya, and Assad's Syria--but always under the roof of his eccentric father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who drags his family along in his pursuit of grandiose dreams for the Arab nation

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Pride of Baghdad - Brian K. Vaughan; Niko Henrichon (Illustrator)
Call Number: GN VAUGHAN
A pride of lions escapes from the Baghdad Zoo during the Iraq War and question the meaning of freedom. Presented in graphic novel format.

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If the Oceans Were Ink - Carla Power
Call Number: 297 Power
What is the Quran's message and meaning about war and peace, men and women, Jews and gentiles? Has it been misunderstood? Is the message more about peace not mass murder, respect for women and not their oppression? Carla Power, a secular American journalist, and the madrasa-trained Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi explore the Quran, challenge their sometimes opposing views in debates at cafes, family gatherings, and university lecture halls in London, Mecca, and India. The experience will alter their perspectives and reveal startling connections between their divided worlds.

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19 Varieties of Gazelle - Naomi Shihab Nye
Call Number: 811.6 Nye
A collection of sixty poems in which the Palestinian-American author that examine the daily lives of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Call Number: 822 Josheph
Gruesome Playground Injuries charts the intersection of two lives using scars, wounds, and calamity as the mile markers to explore why people hurt themselves to gain another’s love and the cumulative effect of such damage; Animals Out of Paper, a subtle, elegant, yet bracing examination of the artistic impulse and those in its thrall, which follows a world-famous origamist as she becomes the unwitting mentor to a troubled young prodigy, even as she must deal with her own loss of inspiration; and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a darkly comedic drama that looks on as the lives of two American soldiers, an Iraqi translator, and a tiger intersect on the streets of Baghdad.

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The Space Between Our Footsteps - Naomi Shihab Nye
Call Number: 892 Space
A collection of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish poetry and full-color artwork from Middle Eastern and North African countries.

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced - Delphine Minoui; Nujood Ali
Call Number: 953.3 Ali
Ali Nujood, the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce, tells the story of her experiences after her father arranged for her to be married in 2008 at the age of ten to a man three times her age, describes what happened when she sought out a judge in order to get a divorce, and discusses the impact of her actions on traditional Yemen culture and society.

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Princess - Jean Sasson
Call Number: 953.8 Sasson
The biography of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, (not her real name) a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, that includes details of oppressions against women such as forced marriages, pregnancies at 13 years old and summary executions. Also includes other facts on Saudi Arabia and its neighbors.

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Daughter of Destiny - Benazir Bhutto
Call Number: 954.91 Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto recounts how through her tenacity to her father's memory she emerged from political persecution and exile to become the leader of the Pakistan People's Party. The epilogue describes her return to Pakistan in October 2007, and her assassination.

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I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai; Christina Lamb (As told to)
Call Number: 954.91 Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, describing the support she received from her parents to pursue an education. Then the Taliban retaliate against her by trying to kill her and she writes about her long recovery and determination to continue to champion human rights for girls in Pakistan. E-book is also available.

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Journey from the Land of No - Roya Hakakian
Call Number: 955.05 Hakakian
The author describes her childhood in Iran, forever changed by the revolution.

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On Two Feet and Wings - Abbas Kazerooni
Call Number: 955.05 Kazerooni
Recounts the author's experiences fleeing Iran as a young boy during the Iran-Iraq war, and making his way on his own in the unfamiliar city of Istanbul in hopes of attaining a visa in England.

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The Boy with Two Lives - Abbas Kazerooni
Call Number: 955.05 Kazerooni
Abbas Kazerooni recalls his time in England as a ten-year-old having fled the Iranian army only to find himself homeless and without a visa by the age of thirteen.

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Honeymoon in Tehran - Azadeh Moaveni
Call Number: 955.05 Moaveni
Azadeh Moaveni recounts the two years she spent in Iran as an American reporter covering the rise of Ahmadinejad in Tehran, when she unexpectedly met her soul-mate, fell in love, married, and became pregnant, and explains how she made the difficult decision, against Iranian tradition, to continue her work.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
Call Number: 955.05 Nafisi
The author presents a memoir of her life in post-revolutionary Iran, focusing on her organization of a group of young women in 1997 who met secretly once a week to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature including The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita.

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Between Two Worlds - Roxana Saberi
Call Number: 955.05 Saberi
Roxana Saberi chronicles her experiences as an Iranian-American journalist who was accused of espionage and imprisoned while she was working in Iran in 2009, and also discusses the political tensions within the Middle Eastern nation.

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Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
Call Number: 955.05 Satrapi
The autobiographical graphic novel story of Marjane Satrapi, who grew up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

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When Skateboards Will Be Free - Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Call Number: 955.05 Sayrafiezadeh
The author describes how his Jewish American mother raises him in Pittsburgh within the Socialist Workers Party, while his Iranian-born father runs as a socialist candidate for president in Iran.

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Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution
Call Number: 956 Diaries
A collection of personal narratives that present firsthand accounts of the Arab Spring, by student activists, seasoned journalists and others affected by oppression and repression in their countries of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

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Price of Honor - Jan Goodwin
Call Number: 956 Goodwin
Presents an inside look at Muslim society through interviews with women from ten Islamic (Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israeli-occupied territories, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates) countries in which they discuss the realities of their lives.

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Tablet and Pen - Reza Aslan (Editor)
Call Number: 956 Tablet
A collection of nearly two hundred short stories, novels, memoirs, essays, and poems from the Middle East, translated into English from Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Turkish; arranged chronologically throughout the twentieth century.

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Voices of Resistance
Call Number: 956 Voices
A collection of writings in which Muslim women around the world, writers, poets, and visual artists, redefine the stereotypical depictions of Muslim women in the Western by confronting war, empire, homophobia, and patriarchy in personal narratives about their experiences.

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Every Man in This Village Is a Liar - Megan K. Stack
Call Number: 956.05 Stack
The Los Angeles Times Moscow bureau chief describes her witness to events at the front lines of the war on terror in multiple countries, sharing her insights into the high cost of violence as weighed against the war's democracy-based objectives.

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Children of War - Deborah Ellis
Call Number: 956.704 Ellis
Twenty Iraqi children from 8 years old to 18 years old, discuss how the War on Terror has affected their lives. Includes an introduction to the current situation in Iraq and a map of the Middle East.

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Thura's Diary - Thura Al-Windawi
Call Number: 956.7044 Al-Windawi
Presents an English translation of the diary entries of nineteen-year-old Thura Al-Windawi, the oldest daughter in a middle-class Shia Muslim family living in Baghdad, in which she shares her thoughts, emotions, and experiences throughout the war in Iraq, from March 15 through June 2003.

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Unsettled - Marc Aronson
Call Number: 956.94 Aronson
Traces the history of Israel from the start of the Zionist movement through the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 to the current political, social, and religious struggles that plague the region at the start of the twenty-first century. Addresses questions such as: Can a religious state also be a democratic one? Is Israel the victim or the aggressor? Do modern states have moral obligations? What is the future for Israel?

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Tasting the Sky - Ibtisam Barakat
Call Number: 956.94 Barakat
A memoir in which the author describes her childhood as a Palestinian refugee, discussing her family's experiences during and after the Six-Day War, and the freedom she felt at learning to read and write.

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We Just Want to Live Here - Amal Rifa'i; Odelia Ainbinder; Sylke Tempel
Call Number: 956.94 Rifai
Presents a correspondence between two young women living in Jerusalem--Palestinian Amal Rifa'i and Israeli Odelia Ainbinder--in which they discuss their hopes and plans for the future, the Intifada, their families, traditions, suicide bombers, and military service. They also share their feelings about the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews.

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When I Was a Soldier - Valerie Zenatti
Call Number: 956.94 Zenatti
The story of one girl's experience in the Israeli national army where strict routines, grueling marches, poor food, and lack of sleep are the norm, but service has its rewards as well.

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Army of Roses - Barbara Victor
Call Number: 956.9405 Victor
Tells the stories of Wafa Idris, the first Palestinian woman suicide bomber of the Intifada, and the three women who followed in her footsteps, exploring their personal problems, and the moral reasoning of the men who convinced them to become martyrs

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Burned Alive - Souad
Call Number: 956.95 Souad
The author provides an account of her experiences as the victim of an honor crime, telling how her brother-in-law, tried to kill her for having sex before marriage by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire, and sharing the story of how she survived with the help of the women of her West Bank village, and the intervention of a European aid worker.

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Kids of Kabul - Deborah Ellis
Call Number: 958.1 Ellis
Explores the plight of Afghanistan's children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, featuring the stories of twenty-six children, aged ten to seventeen, and their struggles to continue educating themselves and improving their own lives despite living in a country torn by war, violence, and oppression.

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Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson; David Oliver Relin
Call Number: 958.1 Mortenson
Greg Mortenson recounts his experiences when the people of an impoverished Afghanistan village take him in and nurse him back to health after a failed attempt to climb K2 (located on the Pakistan/China border) in 1993. It is also the story of how he returned to help these impoverished villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan build schools for their children.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul - Jenny Nordberg
Call Number: 958.1 Nordberg
Foreign correspondent Jenny Nordberg reveals the secret Afghan custom of disguising girls as boys to improve their prospects, discussing its political and social significance as well as the experiences of its practitioners.

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Kabul Beauty School - Deborah Rodriguez; Kristin Ohlson
Call Number: 958.1 Rodriguez
Hairdresser Deborah Rodriguez details her experiences in post-Taliban Afghanistan, discussing the opening of her beauty school and recalls the personal stories of various women who overcame obstacles to obtain an education in cosmetology.

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Call Number: 958.1 Sediqi
Recounts the true story of Kamila Sidiqi, a woman who was forced to support herself and her five siblings after the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul and her father and brothers fled the country.

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The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Call Number: 958.1 Seierstad
Asne Seierstand, a Norwegian journalist, tells of her experiences while staying with a bookseller named Sultan Khan and his family in Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. During the three months of her stay, she describes what it was like for families in the country to adjust to a new way of life and a new government. She also describes the daily lives of the women in a household ruled by domineering men.

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The Lovers - Rod Nordland
Call Number: 958.104 Nordland
Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in the hinterlands of Afghanistan. By the time they were young teenagers, Zakia, strikingly beautiful and fiercely opinionated, and Ali, shy and tender, had fallen in love. Defying their families, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, and Afghan civil and Islamic law, they ran away together only to live under constant threat from Zakia's large and vengeful family, who have vowed to kill her to restore the family's honor.

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Gaddafi's Harem - Annick Cojean; Marjolijn de Jager (Translator)
Call Number: 961.204 Cojean
Discusses the Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi's harem and the trials of the women he forced to do his bidding.

 

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City of Thieves - David Benioff
Call Number: Fic Benioff
Seventeen-year-old Lev Beniov, having been arrested for looting the corpse of a German paratrooper, is given the opportunity to be released from jail if he, along with a soldier imprisoned for desertion, can secure twelve eggs to be used in the colonel's daughter's wedding cake by traversing the dangerous streets of Leningrad.

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A Time of Miracles - Anne-Laure Bondoux
Call Number: Fic Bondoux
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

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Enchantments - Kathryn Harrison
Call Number: Fic Harrison
Rasputin's daughter Masha is sent to live with the royal family after her father's death, and Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Prince Aloysha, hoping that she has inherited Rasputin's healing powers, but after Tsar Nikolay is forced to abdicate, Masha and Aloysha find solace in each other's company and tell stories as a way to escape their confinement by the Bolsheviks.

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Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy - Elizabeth Kiem
Call Number: Fic Kiem
After a harrowing defection to the United States in 1982, Russian teenager Marina and her father settle in Brooklyn, where Marina is drawn into a web of intrigue involving her gift of foresight, her mother's disappearance, and a boy she cannot bring herself to trust.

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Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer - Andreï Makine; Geoffrey Strachan (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Makine
Two families in post-World War II Russia try to piece their shattered lives back together after the fathers return home from the war emotionally and physically scarred. Their sons, Arkady and Alyosha, grow up in the postwar years of hardship and repression and both eventually emigrate, one to the United States, one to France. This is their story.

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The Fixer - Bernard Malamud; Jonathan Safran Foer (Introduction by)
Call Number: Fic Malamud
In Tsarist Russia during a time of hostile antisemitism, Yakov Bok, a Jewish handyman, is accused of the murder of a young Russian boy and refuses to confess to a crime he did not commit in spite of the injustices committed against him.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra
Call Number: Fic Marra
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor harbors the traumatized eight-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces, and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds her to the child.

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The Tsar of Love and Techno - Anthony Marra
Call Number: Fic Marra
A collection of connected stories that begin in the tunnels under Leningrad and end at the edge of the solar system, stretch across a century and a continent, and leave behind a cast of memorable characters tied together by an obscure 19th century Russian painting.

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Girl at War - Sara Novic
Call Number: Fic Novic
When her happy life in 1991 Croatia is shattered by civil war, ten-year-old Ana Juric is embroiled in a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers before making a daring escape to America. Years later, in 2001, Ana is a college student in Manhattan and finds that her life is still haunted and shaped by her memories of the war.

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Doctor Zhivago - Boris Leonidovich Pasternak; Richard Pevear (Translator); Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Pasterna k
The epic novel of post-revolutionary Russia focuses on the torments and dreams of a doctor-poet who attempts to avoid the struggles and temptations of this turbulent era.

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Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
Call Number: Fic Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.

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A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
Call Number: Fic Towles
It's 1922 and the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding. Thirty-year-old Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. His sentence is house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. His housemates include a wilful actress, a shrewd Kremlinite, a gregarious American, and a temperamental chef and he soon forges new friendships. Then fate drops a young girl in danger into his life.

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Soviet Daughter - Julia Alekseyeva (Illustrator)
Call Number: GN Alekseyeva
The story of Julia Alekseyeva's great-grandmother, Lola, who left behind a memoir that no-one was allowed to read until after her death in 2010. As Julia reads the story she uncovers a girl born in 1910 to a poor, Jewish family outside the city of Kiev, who lived through the Bolshevik revolution, a horrifying civil war, Stalinist purges, and the Holocaust. Lola taught herself to read, and supported her family as a secretary for the notorious NKVD (which became the KGB) and later as a lieutenant in the Red Army. Her family, including four-year-old Lola, moved to the United States after the Chernobyl disaster, and forged a new life. This is also the story of four-year-old Julia as she herself struggles to grow up in an immigrant family in her new home in America.

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Gulag - Anne Applebaum
Call Number: 947 Apple
A history of the network of labor camps, punishment camps, criminal and political camps, women's camps, children's camps and transit camps that were set up across the former Soviet Union. Covers the origins of the camps in Czarist Russia, during the Bolshevik Revolution up to the dissolution of the political camps by Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s.

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Words Will Break Cement - Masha Gessen
Call Number: 947 Gessen
An account of the feminist punk activists' act of political confrontation in Moscow, which made national headlines. Also describes how they were arrested and tried for their "punk prayer" act of defiance.

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The Family Romanov - Candace Fleming
Call Number: 947.08 Fleming
The Romanov family was murdered at Ekateringburg on July 17th, 1918. After his abdication in March 1917, Nicholas and his family had been put under house arrest and kept just outside of St. Petersburg. As the civil war developed, the whole family was sent to Tolbolsk in Siberia and from here to Ekateringburg in the Urals.

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Symphony for the City of the Dead - M. T. Anderson
Call Number: 947.084 Anderson
An account of the Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944) reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating the desperate citizens of this war-torn city. E-book is also available.

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Teenage Refugees from Russia Speak Out - Tatyana Zemenova
Call Number: 947.084 Teenage
Describes the lives of six teenagers from Russia, why they left their homeland, what their lives were like in the former Soviet Union, and how they adjusted to life in the United States. The introduction covers a history of Russia from the Middle Ages to the disintegration of the Communist system.

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Putin's Labyrinth - Steve Levine
Call Number: 947.086 LeVine
Examines the state of Russia in the twenty-first-century state of Russia, and details events that took place during Putin's two terms as president, which includes the 2002 terrorist takeover of a crowded Moscow theater, the murder of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, the death of defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, and more.

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A Russian Diary - Anna Politkovskaya; Arch Tait (Translator); Scott Simon (Foreword by)
Call Number: 947.086 Politkovskaia
Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in a contract killing in 2006, recounts her impressions of life in Russia from the parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the summer of 2005, after the Beslan school siege.

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Little Tenement on the Volga - C. S. Walton
Call Number: 947.44 Walton
A young Englishwoman recounts her experiences living in a communal apartment in the Russian city of Samara, presenting the opinions of several Samaran women on such topics as men, collective farms, consumerism, and the economy.

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Zlata's Diary - Zlata Filipovic; Janine di Giovanni (Introduction by); Christina Pribichevich-Zoric (Translator)
Call Number: 949.702 Filipovic
This is the diary of Zlata who at thirteen years old, is living in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war. Her diary describes her hopes and dreams for the future that are affected by the increasingly violence around her.

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