|Global 10 Reading Selections
270 STA Stark, Rodney. The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. New York: Random House, 2005.
Presents the author's view of how Christianity shaped the development of the Western world, suggesting that Christianity--with rational thought and its related institutions--was directly responsible for the important intellectual, political, and scientific breakthroughs in history.
297 NAI Naipaul, V. S. Among the Believers: an Islamic Journey. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.
Presents the Nobel Prize-winning account of the author's travels through the Islamic world.
297.8 HAZ Hazleton, Lesley. After the Prophet: the Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam. New York: Doubleday, 2009.
Examines the origins of the Shia-Sunni split in Islam, from its start in Arabia in 632 to its lasting influence on modern conflicts in the Middle East, explaining how the succession crisis following the death of Muhammad created a divide among the Muslim people that is still felt in the twenty-first century.
303.48 BRE Brevard, Katherine McLean. The Story of Oil: How It Changed the World. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2010.
Traces the history and development of the oil industry and examines how it has changed the world.
303.6 COM The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings: Marx, Marat, Paine, Mao, Gandhi, and Others. Mineola: Dover Publications, 2003.
An anthology of writings by the world's leading revolutionary figures that spans three centuries.
303.6 DUN Dunson, Donald H. Child, Victim, Soldier: the Loss of Innocence in Uganda. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2008.
Discusses the stories of various children who were kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group in northern Uganda, trained to be killers, and forced to commit savage acts as soldiers.
303.6 EIC Eichstaedt, Peter H. First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2009.
Describes the experiences of children kidnapped into service for the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, in which boys are required to complete brutal initiations--murdering their parents, friends, and relatives--and girls are forced into sexual slavery and labor.
304.6 JAN January, Brendan. Genocide: Modern Crimes against Humanity. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century, 2007.
Explores the process of genocide by examining the genocides of six different groups of people, the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, the Jews of Europe, the Cambodians, the Tutsis of Rwanda, the Muslims of Bosnia, and the Darfur tribes of Sudan, focusing on the human aspects of genocide that are often overlooked.
305.2 ADE Adelman, Deborah. The "Children of Perestroika": Moscow Teenagers Talk about Their Lives and the Future. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 1992.
Russian teenagers talk about their families, daily lives, relationships, sexuality, gender roles, educational and career choices, their views on their homeland and the West, and their own values and ideals.
305.4 SKA Skaine, Rosemarie. The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban. Jefferson: McFarland, 2002.
Profiles many Afghan women living under the rule of the Taliban and describes the modern social and political roles of women in Afghanistan.
305.48 ROD Rodriguez, Deborah. Kabul Beauty School: an American Woman Goes Behind the Veil. New York: Random House, 2007.
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.
306 FER Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. Guests of the Sheik: an Ethnography of an Iraqi Village. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
The author provides insight into life in the Middle East through the story of her experiences living in the rural village of El Nahra, Iraq, where she donned the black veils of the women of the harem in order to help her anthropologist husband gather data.
306 MUL Müller, Karin. Japanland: a Year in Search of Wa. Emmaus.: Rodale, 2005.
Presents the author's first-hand account of her years living as a foreigner in Japan, describing the culture from her unique perspective, including information on geishas, samurai, taiko drummers, criminal yakuza, and more.
323 JOH Johnson, Ian. Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China. New York: Pantheon Books, 2004.
Ian Johnson recounts the true stories of three ordinary people who find themselves fighting oppression and government corruption in China.
341.242 KAH Kahn, Peggy. The European Union. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
This book describes the history and structure of the European Union and examines its missions concerning Europe's economy, food supply, environmental issues, and diversity.
355.008 MIL Miles, Rosalind. Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2008.
A collection of biographical essays of women who have led, fought in, and participated in wars throughout history, including Cleopatra, Tammy Duckworth, Belle Boyd, Martha Gellhorn, and others.
355.02 ROS Rosinsky, Natalie M. The Story of the Atomic Bomb: How It Changed the World. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2010.
Traces the history of the atomic bomb, discussing its creation, use, impact on World War II, and the influence atomic power has on the world.
362.73 TUC Tucker, Neely. Love in the Driest Season: a Family Memoir. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.
Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker chronicles the experiences he and his wife had volunteering at an orphanage in Zimbabwe, describing the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially children, and discusses the challenges he and his wife faced when they decided to adopt a Zimbabwean baby girl.
363.11 FRA Franklin, Jonathan. 33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011.
Recounts the survival and rescue of thirty-three miners who were trapped in a San José copper mine in Chile for nearly seventy days.
363.11 LUS Lusted, Marcia Amidon. The Chilean Miners' Rescue. Edina: ABDO, 2012.
Details the rescue of thirty-three miners in a mine in the Atacama Desert in Chile, describing how they were trapped, how they survived, the plans to save them, and more.
363.325 LAN Landau, Elaine. Suicide Bombers. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.
Explores how terrorist groups recruit and train young soldiers to be suicide bombers, describing the tactics they use to convince these soldiers that their religious philosophy is worth dying for, no matter how many innocent lives are taken in the process.
365 SOL Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: an Experiment in Literary Investigation. New York: Perennial, 2002.
The author examines the Soviet Union's abuse of its citizens from 1918 through 1956, drawing from his own experiences, the testimony of other victims, and Soviet archives to describe secret police operations, labor camps, prisons, and the extermination of communities.
365.450 OUF Oufkir, Malika. Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail. New York: Hyperion, 1999.
The author recounts her life story, including the ordeal she shared with her mother and five siblings through two decades, prisoners of the Moroccan monarchy from 1972 to 1991.
371.82 MOR Mortenson, Greg. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations--One School at a Time. New York: Viking, 2006.
Greg Mortenson recounts the experiences he had while trying to help impoverished villages in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya build schools for their children.
378.1 KER Kerns, Ann. Who Will Shout If Not Us?: Student Activists and the Tiananmen Square Protest, China, 1989. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011.
Describes the events that lead students in China to protest against their government in 1989, the civil rights issues they fought for, and the outcome of their street protest in Tiananmen Square.
609 KAM Kamkwamba, William. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. New York: William Morrow, 2009.
The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to bring electricity and running water to his Malawian village when he built a makeshift windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts.
796.52 KRA Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: a Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. New York: Anchor Books, 1998.
The author relates his experience of climbing Mount Everest during its deadliest season and examines what it is about the mountain that makes people willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense.
811 ENG Engle, Margarita. The Firefly Letters: a Suffragette's Journey to Cuba. New York: Henry Holt, 2010.
Collects poems from Cuban-American poet Margarita Engle in which she explores women rights with various historical viewpoints.
811 ENG Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom. New York: Henry Holt, 2008.
A collection of poems in which Rosa, a healer, describes her experiences trying to help Cuban peasants who have been forced to leave their farms and villages in 1896 and given eight days to find their way to "reconcentration camps" or be killed.
811 NYE Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2002.
A collection of sixty poems in which the Arab-American author examines life in the Middle East.
915.104 WAR Warmbrunn, Erika. Where the Pavement Ends: One Woman's Bicycle Trip through Mongolia, China, & Vietnam. Seattle: Mountaineers Books, 2001.
The author shares the story of her experiences while riding a bicycle on an eight-month, eight-thousand-kilometer trek from Mongolia, through China, and down the length of Vietnam.
916.04 THE Theroux, Paul. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
The author chronicles the journey he took through Africa nearly forty years after his first experiences on the continent as a teacher, and reflects upon the changes he saw.
916.604 SAL Salak, Kira. The Cruelest Journey: 600 miles to Timbuktu. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2005.
The author recalls the experiences of her six-hundred-mile journey on the Niger River through Mali, from Old Segou to Timbuktu on her quest to buy the freedom of two Bella slave girls.
916.604 TAY Tayler, Jeffrey. Angry Wind: through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Travel writer Jeffrey Tayler chronicles the experiences he had while traveling through the African Sahel, the lower expanse of the Sahara that marks the southern limit of Islam's reach in West and Central Africa, sharing what he learned about the region's people, culture, beliefs, and conflicts.
920 HEI Heiligman, Deborah. Charles and Emma: the Darwin’s Leap of Faith. New York: Henry Holt, 2009.
Provides an account of Charles Darwin's life and evolutionary theory, examining how his personal life affected his work and vice versa because of his wife's strong religious beliefs.
920 RAP Rappaport, Helen. The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2009.
A comprehensive history of the final days of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, and their children, who were murdered by a group of assassins in July 1918.
920 WE We are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
Presents excerpts from the diaries of five Jewish teenagers who were part of the millions of men, women, and children who died under Hitler's Nazi regime during World War II.
921 ANA Bush, Jenna. Ana's Story: a Journey of Hope. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.
Jenna Bush presents a nonfiction account of Ana, a young Latin American mother, who shared with Bush the loss of her parents to AIDS, abuse from her grandmother and aunt, and of her own battle with AIDS.
921 ANSARY Ansary, Mir Tamim. West of Kabul, East of New York: an Afghan American Story. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Ansary, son of an Afghan father and American mother, describes his life in Afghanistan where he was born in 1948, and in America where he has lived since the age of sixteen, and discusses the impact of an E-mail he sent to friends on Sept. 12, 2001 to express his feelings about the Taliban, which gained worldwide attention.
921 APPLEMAN Appleman-Jurman, Alicia. Alicia: My Story. New York: Bantam, 1990.
The story of a young girl who rescued thousands of Jews after losing her entire family to the Nazis.
921 BARAKAT Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: a Palestinian Childhood. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
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.
921 BEAH Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Sara Crichton, 2008.
Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States.
921 BERNSTEIN Bernstein, Sara Tuvel. The Seamstress: a Memoir of Survival. New York: Putnam, 1997.
Recounts the author's experiences as a Jew in Nazi occupied Europe, her survival in a concentration camp, and post-war life in America speaking out as a Holocaust survivor.
921 BILAL Bilal, Wafaa. Shoot an Iraqi : Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun. San Francisco: City Lights, 2008.
The creator of "Domestic Tension," an unsettling interactive performance piece that speaks to the horrors of life in a conflict zone, reveals his experiences growing up under Saddam Hussein's rule.
921 BIN LADEN Bergen, Peter L. The Osama bin Laden I Know: an Oral History of al-Qaeda's Leader. New York: Free
Peter Bergen draws on interviews to explore the life and true nature of Osama bin Laden and his deadly legacy of terror.
921 BIN LADEN Landau, Elaine. Osama bin Laden: a War Against the West. Brookfield, Conn: Twenty-First Century Books, 2002.
Presents biographical information about militant Islamic leader Osama bin Laden, including his role in international terrorism and the beliefs that fuel his actions.
921 BUERGENTHAL Buergenthal, Thomas. A Lucky Child: a Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy. New
York: Little, Brown, 2009.
Thomas Buergenthanl, a judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, shares his memories of what it was like to be a child in the Holocaust and to survive the concentration camps, and discusses his experiences after being liberated from Sachsenhausen, his miraculous reunion with his mother after three years apart, and his emigration to the U.S. in 1951.
921 CALCINES Calcines, Eduardo F. Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle under Castro. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009.
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.
921 CASTRO Geyer, Georgie Anne. Guerrilla Prince: the Untold Story of Fidel Castro. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991.
Draws from hundreds of interviews with a wide range of sources to examine the life and career of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and includes four extensive interviews with Castro.
921 CASTRO Rees, Fran. Fidel Castro: Leader of Communist Cuba. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A biography of Communist dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro describing his childhood and rise to power in 1959 following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, political and economic changes in Cuba, and Cuban Missile Crisis.
921 CHACOUR Chacour, Elias. Blood Brothers. Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 1984.
Presents the true story of Elias Chacour, a Palestinian Christian, his love for his Jewish neighbors, and the forced exile of the Palestinians from Galilee in 1948.
921 CHANG Chang, Pang-Mei Natasha. Bound Feet & Western Dress. New York: Anchor Books, 1997.
A contemporary Chinese-American woman's life is contrasted with that of a great-aunt born in Shanghai at the turn-of-the-century.
921 CHEN Chen, Da. China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution. New York: Delacorte, 2003.
Da Chen recounts the experiences he had while growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution.
921 CHEN Chen, Da. Colors of the Mountain. New York: Anchor Books, 2001.
An autobiography of Da Chen, who describes how he and his family survived the Cultural Revolution in China.
921 CHENG Cheng, Nien. Life and Death in Shanghai. New York: Penguin Books, 1988.
The author tells of her solitary confinement and torture as a wealthy Chinese woman during the Cultural Revolution.
921 CHIANG Donovan, Sandra. Madame Chiang Kai-shek: Face of Modern China. Minneapolis: Compass Point, 2007.
A biography of Madame Chiang Kai-shek, wife of Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, who played an important role in the modernization of China.
921 CHIGER Chiger, Krystyna. The Girl in the Green Sweater: a Life in Holocaust's Shadow. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Krystyna Chiger describes growing up during the Holocaust in Lvov, Poland, and details her memories after her family decided to go into hiding inside the city's sewer system, and describes Leopold Socha, the Polish Catholic man--and former thief--who risked everything to help them.
921 CHURCHILL Haugen, Brenda. Winston Churchill: British Soldier, Writer, Statesman. Minneapolis: Compass Point
A short biography of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill which focuses on his childhood and early military and political life, his leadership during World War II, and his fame as a noted speaker, author, and painter.
921 CLERQ ZUBLI Clercq Zubli, Rita la Fontaine de. Disguised: a War Memoir. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2007.
The author, an Indonesian woman, describes the three years she spent, beginning at age twelve, disguised as a boy in order to avoid becoming a "comfort woman" to Japanese soldiers in a prison camp during World War II.
921 COETZEE Coetzee, J. M. Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life. New York: Penguin Books, 1998.
The author describes growing up north of Cape Town in South Africa in the mid-twentieth century, discussing his first encounters with literature and his impressions of apartheid.
921 CURIE Borzendowski, Janice. Marie Curie: Mother of Modern Physics. New York: Sterling Pub, 2009.
A biography of the scientist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie explores both Curie's personal and professional life.A biography of Marie Curie, whose discovery of radium changed science and the world, and describes her childhood, education, and the hardships she faced in her professional life.
921 DANG Đặng, Thùy Trâm. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace : the Diary of Dang Thuy Tram. New York: Harmony Books, 2007.
An English translation of the diary of Dang Thuy Tram, a doctor who volunteered to serve in a Viet Cong battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970, when she was killed by American forces.
921 EINSTEIN Yeatts, Tabatha. Albert Einstein: the Miracle Mind. New York: Sterling, 2007.
Presents a biography of the renowned physicist whose revolutionary theories about space, time, and gravitation transformed our understanding about how the universe works.
921 ELIZABETH I Weatherly, Myra. Elizabeth I: Queen of Tudor England. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
Presents a biography of Elizabeth I, Queen of Tudor England, and provides information on the Renaissance, her forty-five year reign--called the Golden Age--her court, and her achievements.
921 FILIPOVIC Filipovic, Zlata. Zlata's Diary: a Child's Life in Sarajevo. New York: Penguin Books, 1995.
The diary of a thirteen-year-old girl living in Sarajevo, begun just before her eleventh birthday when there was still peace in her homeland.
921 FRANK Mullin, Rita T. Anne Frank: Hidden Hope. New York: Sterling, 2008.
Chronicles the life of Anne Frank, discussing her childhood in Germany, years hiding from Nazi troops during World War II, the journal entries that made her famous, and other related topics.
921 GADARYAN Çetin, Fethiye. My Grandmother: a Memoir. London: Verso, 2008.
Fethiye Cetin recounts the story of her grandmother's early life, when she was sent on a death march from her small Armenian village after the men were slaughtered and eventually saved by a Turkish gendarme captain who adopted her.
921 GANDHI Somervill, Barbara A. Indira Gandhi : Political Leader in India. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007.
A brief biography of political leader Indira Gandhi of India that chronicles her life and achievements.
921 GHAHRAMANI Ghahramani, Zarah. My Life as a Traitor. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.
Zarah Ghahramani recollects her childhood in Iran, being raised by a family who encouraged her creativity in a country were women were oppressed; and recalls her experiences in Evin Prison, a jail in Tehran where she was subjected to physical and psychological torture for showing her hair in public.
921 HAUTZIG Hautzig, Esther Rudomin. The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia. New York: HarperCollins, 1968.
During World War II, when she was eleven years old, the author and her family were arrested in Poland by the Russians as political enemies and exiled to Siberia. She recounts here the trials of the following five years spent on the harsh Asian steppe.
921 HITLER Giblin, James.