Alpha Delta Kappa International World Understanding Book List


Alexie, Sherman                     The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Clinton, Hillary                        Hard Choices (U. S. Sec. of State/WU)

Conroy, Pat                             The Water Is Wide (U.S.)    

Erdrich, Louise                       The Round House

Erdrich, Louise                       LaRose 

Haygood, Will                         The Butler   (U.S.)

Northrop, Solomon               Twelve Years A Slave

Kline, Christina                       Orphan Train

Malcolm X                               The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Selleck, Cassie                        The Pecan Man (U.S.)


Davies, Nigel                           The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru

Davies, Nigel                           The Incas  (Peru)

Llosa, Mario Vaargas             Conversation in the Cathedral  (Peru)

Murphy, Dervla                      Eight Feet in the Andes     (Peru)


Backman, Fredrick                A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

Bryan, Helen                          War Brides (England)

McCourt, Frank                     Angela Ashes (Ireland)

Zusak, Markus                       The Book Thief (Germany)



Ahadd, Anthony                    House of Stone:  A Memoir of Home, Family and A Lost Middle East

Al-Baz, Rania                          Disfigured (Saudi Arabia)

Abdelnour, Sallma                 Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut (Lebanon)

Bin Laden, Carmen               Inside the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia)

Bin Laden, Najwa                  Growing Up Bin Laden (Saudi Arabia)

Ciezadlo, Annia                     Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love & War   (Lebanon)

Hoffman, Alice                      The Dove Keepers     (Ancient Judea)

Muhsen, Zana                       SOLD    (Yemen/England)

Sasson, Jean                          Love in A Torn Land (Iraq/Kurdistan)

Sasson, Jean                          Mayada, Daughter of Iraq

Sasson, Jean                          Princess (Saudi Arabia)

Sasson, Jean                          Princess Sultana’s Daughters (Saudi Arabia)

Sasson, Jean                          Princess Sultana’s Circle (Saudi Arabia)

Sasson, Jean                          Rape of Kuwait

Souad                                     Burned Alive   (the West Bank, Israel/Palestinian Territories)

Wright, Lawrence                 The Looming Tower:  Al Queda and the Road to 9/11



Hamlin, Catherine                The Hospital by the River (Ethiopia)



Johnson, Adam                      The Orphan Master’s Son (N. Korea)

McCormick, Patricia              SOLD (Nepal)

Tan, Amy                                 The Valley of Amazement (China/U.S.)

Yousafzai, Malala                   I Am Malala   (Pakistan)

Brennert, Alan, Moloka’I
Brennert, Alan, Honolulu
Cindrich, Lisa, In the Shadow of Pali
Davis, Joshua, Spare Parts
 Grissom, Kathleen, The Kitchen House
Haley, Nikki, Can’t Is Not an Option    
Howard, Francine, Page from a Tennessee Journal
Lee, Harper, To Kill A Mockingbird
Mayhew, Anna Jean, The Dry Grass of August
McBride, Laura, We Are Called to Rise
Obama, Barack, Dreams from My Father
Nalaielua, Henry, No Footprints in the Sand
Noyes, Martha, Then There Were None
Powell, Colin, My American Journey   
Quinn, Gaellen, The Last Aloha
Rice, Condoleezza, Extraordinary, Ordinary People
Stockett, Kathryn, The Help
Tayman, John, The Colony
Thayer, Steve, The Leper
White, Neil, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts (Carville, LA Leper Colony)

SOUTH AMERICA and the Caribbean
Alvarez, Julia, A Wedding in Haiti
Betancourt, Ingrid, Even Silence Has an End (Colombia)
Bingham, Hiram, Lost City of the Incas (Peru)
Bode, Barbara, No Bells to Toll   (Peru)
Bontemps, Anna & Hughes, Langston, Popo and Fifina
Danticat, Edwidge, Claire of the Sea Light
Hemming, John, The Conquest of the Incas (Peru)
Jean, Shelley, Shelley in Haiti
Kidder, Tracy, Mountains Beyond Mountains (Haiti and Peru)
MacQuarrie, Kim, The Last Days of the Incas (Peru)
Tomlinson, Max, Sendero (Peru)


Anonymous, A Woman in Berlin
Berstein, Sara, The Seamstress
Blum, Jenna, Those Who Save Us
de  Rosnay, Tatiana, A Secret Well Kept
de Rosnay, Tatiana, Sarah’s Key
Falvey, Patricia, The Yellow House
Galloway, Steven, The Cellist of Sarajevo
Hillenbrand, Laura, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Kramer, Clara, Clara’s War
Richman, Alyson, The Lost Wife
Wiesel, Ellie, Night
Wouk, Herman, The Will to Live On

Ahmed, Quenta S., In the Land of the Invisible Women (Saudi Arabia)
Amirrezvani, Anita, Equal to the Sun (Iran)
Barnes, Kim, In the Kingdom of Men (Saudi Arabia)
Barnes, Kim, In the Wilderness: A Memoir (Saudi Arabia)
Carter, Jimmy, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
Darznik, Jasmin, The Good Daughter (Iran)
Goodwin, Jan, The Price of Honor (Islamic World)
Grossman, David, The Yellow Wind (Israel/Palestine)
Grossman, David, To the End of Time (Israel/Palestine)
Irshad, Manji, The Trouble with Islam Today
Irshad, Manji, Allah, Liberty and Love                                               
Mahfouz, Nagreib, The Thief and the Dogs (Egypt)
Mahfouz, Nagreib, Triology: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street (Egypt)
Moaveni, Azadeh, Lipstick Jiihad (Iran)
Moaveni, Azadeh, Honeymoon in Tehran (Iran)
Nafisi, Azar, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (Iran)
Nomani, Asra Q., Standing Alone in Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
Nujood, Ali, I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced  (Yemen)
Rodriguez, Deborah, Kabul Beauty School
Sasson, Jean, Princess (Saudi Arabia)

Achebe, Chinu, Things Fall Apart
Achebe, Chinu, No Longer at Ease
Achebe, Chinu, Arrow of God
Achebe, Chinu, A Man of the People
Achebe, Chinu, Anthills of Savannah
Bowles, Paul, The Sheltering Sky
Dangaarembga, Tsitsi, Nervous Condition
Dinesen, Isak, Out of Africa
Fuller, Alexandra, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Fuller, Alexandra, Don’t Go to the Dogs Tonight
Gallman, Kuki, I Dreamed of Africa
Gordimer, Nadine, July’s People
Gordimer, Nadine, A Guest of Honor
Gordimer, Nadine, None to Accompany Me
Hari, Daoud, The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur
Harden, Blaine, Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent
Head, Bessie, A Question of Power
Head, Bessie, When Rain Clouds Gather
Hill, Lawrence, Someone Knows My Name
Honwana, Luis Bernardo, We Killed Mangy Dogs and Other Stories
Kingsolver, Barbara, Poisonwood Bible (Congo)
Lamb, David, The Africans
Mandela, Nelson, Long Walk to Freedom
Mezlekia, Nega, Notes from the Hyena’s Billy
Nyaagunbo, Maurice, With the People
Ojano, Ferdinand, Houseboy
Ojano, Ferdinand, The Old Man and the Medal
Richburg, Keith, Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa
Reader, John, Africa: Biography of the Continent
Schmahmann, David, Ivory from Paradise
Schmahmann, David, Empire Settings
Schroff, Laura, An Invisible Thread
Seroto, Mongame, To Every Birth its Blood
Smith, Kimberly, Passport through Darkness
Theong, Ngugi wa, The River Between
Theong, Ngugi wa, A Grain of Wheat
Theong, Ngugi wa, Petals of Blood
Verghese, Abraham, Cutting for Stone

Ayub, Awista, However Tall the Mountain (Afghanistan)
Beah, Ishmael, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Sierra Leone)                                                      
Boo, Katherine, Behind the Beautiful Tomorrows (India)
Buck, Pearl, The Good Earth
Cope, Pam & Molloy, Aimee, Jansten’s Gift (Vietnam)
Duong, Uyen Nicole, Daughters of the River Huong (Vietnam)
Duong, Uyen Nicole, Mimi and Her Mirror
Evans, Karin, The Lost Daughters of China: Adopted Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past
Ford, Jamie, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Forster, E. M., A Passage to India
Grennan, Conor, Little Princes   (Nepal)
Harden, Blaine, Escape from Camp 14 (North Korea)
Hossein, Khaled, And the Mountains Echoed (Afghanistan)
Hossein, Khaled, The Kite Runner  (Afghanistan)
Hossein, Khaled, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Afghanistan)
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer, Heat and Dust (India)     
Kamara, Mariatu & McClelland, Susan, Bite of the Mango (Sierra Leone)
Lemmon, Gale Tzemach, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (Afghanistan)
Mah, Adeline Yen, Falling Leaves
Mortenson, Greg, Three Cups of Tea (Pakistan and Afghanistan)
Mortenson, Greg, Stones Into Schools (Pakistan and Afghanistan)
Naipul, V. S., A Bend in the River  (India)
Naipul, V. S., In a Free State  (India)
Ondaatje, Michael, Running in the Family (Sri Lanka)
Scott, Paul, Staying On (Vietnam)
Scott, Paul, Staying Out (India)
Sook, Shin Kyung, Please Look after Mom (South Korea)
Stack, Megan K., Every Man in This Village Is a Liar (Afghanistan)
Thuy, Kim, Ru (Vietnam)
Tsukiyama, Gail, A Hundred Flowers
Tsukiyama, Gail, The Samurari’s Garden
Tsukiyama, Gail, Women of Silk
Umrigar, Thrity, The Space Between Us (India)
Van Dyk, Jere, Captive: My Time As A Prisoner of the Taliban (Afghanistan)
Wright, Cameron, The Rent Collector (Cambodia)

Nielsen, Jerri & Vollers, Maryanne, IceBound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole