Alvarez, Julia. De Cómo Las Muchachas García Perdieron El Acento. 1991.
The Garcia family is forced to flee Santo Domingo during the Trujillo regime; the story follows the Dominican and American identities of the four sisters.

Brabazon, James. My Friend the Mercenary. 2011.
War journalism; focuses on mercenary involvement in the failed 2004 coup in Equatorial Guinea.

Diaz, Junot. Drown. 1996.
Dominican identity.

Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 2007.
Dominican identity; growing up in New Jersey, Oscar wants nothing more than to be a famous writer. Frame narrative for Trujillo regime.
“The only thing that came close was how he felt about his books; only the combined love he had for everything he’d read and everything he hoped to write[…]”

Diaz, Junot. This is How You Lose Her. 2012.
Dominican male stereotypes.

Eggers, Dave. What is the What. 2006.
Lost Boys of Sudan.

Friedman, Thomas L. The Lexus and The Olive Tree. 1999.

Guevara, Ernesto. Diarios de Motocicleta. 1993.
Even Ché suffered from wanderlust.

Hartley, Aidan. The Zanzibar Chest. 2003.
East Africa; war journalism.

Kidder, Tracy. Mountains Beyond Mountains. 2009.
Public health; Dr. Paul Farmer.

King, Stephen. On Writing.
King’s tips on writing.

Krakauer, John. Into the Wild. 1996.
Upper-middle class angst. Bourgeois malaise. Chris McCandless a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp’s misadventure.

Krakauer, John. Into Thin Air. 1997.
Krakauer’s personal account and defense of what went wrong on Everest on the infamous 1996 expedition.

Kristof, Nicholas, and Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky. 2009.
Women’s empowerment; women’s education; human trafficking; sexual slavery; microfinance; maternal health.

Larsson, Stieg. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. 2005.
Violence against women; prostitution in Sweden.

Magona, Sindiwe. Please, Take Photographs. 2009.
South African racial tension; poems from the townships of Cape Town.

Mam, Somaly. Road of Lost Innocence. 2009.
Exploitation; modern slavery; sex trafficking; survivors of slavery; rehabilitation.

Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. 1995.
Mandela autobiography; Robben Island; apartheid in South Africa.

McCall Smith, Alexander. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. 1998.
Assertive, intelligent, and clever women; Mma Ramotswe is the most tactful person in Gaborone, Botswana.

Morrison, Dan. The Black Nile. 2010.
Paddling from Lake Victoria to Cairo.

Novogratz, Jacqueline. The Blue Sweater. 2009.
Founder of Acumen fund recounts her experiences in the world of microfinance and empowerment of local communities from within.

Obama, Barack. Dreams From My Father. 1995.
Obama autobiography; first African-American president of Harvard Law Review.

Roberts, Gregory David. Shantaram. 2003.
Epic “based on a true story” of an escaped Australian convict setting up an ad hoc health clinic in Bombay slum.

Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. 1997.
Bourgeois angst; poignant portrayal of “idyllic” life in suburban / small-town New Jersey.

Rushdie, Salman. The Jaguar Smile. 1987.
Nicaragua in the 80s; Rushdie tells the side of the story where US is labeled as the bad guys.

Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces. 1980.
Satire; posthumously published; Ignatius J. Reilly’s daily escapades read like a Seinfeld episode.
“You could tell from the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”

Troost, J. Maarten. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific. 2004.
Hilarious travel account of the inconveniences (gross understatement) of living on a coral reef in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Wheeler, Tony. Bad Lands: A Tourist on the Axis of Evil. 2010.
The founder of Lonely Planet recounts travel memories in quote unquote dangerous countries like Afghanistan, Albania, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Saudi Arabia, among others.

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