Top Ten Books Written By Authors from “Sh@thole” Countries

I gotta say; the word “Sh@thole” is all over the media.  Can’t turn on any channel without hearing the reference. Since even my kids are asking I thought the perfect opportunity to show them how much wonderful literature comes from Countries like Haiti, El Salvador as well as African Nations.  Check out my list of worthy reads:

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  The author, from Afghanistan, writes a story about family, friendships and love throughout 30 years of Afghan history.

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2.  The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma.  The author, from Nigeria tells a story of brothers in a true “Cain and Abel” like fashion.

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3. A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James.   This award-winning book’s author is from Jamaica.  The novel goes into really descriptive depth and carries many characters through the violence of Jamaican politics.

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4.  I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.  Malala, from Pakistan, and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize writes a truly impressive book discussing her first hand account of global terrorism and how she survived an ordeal no one expected her to!

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5.  Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  Afghani author (also wrote A Thousand Splendid Suns) wrote this New York Time’s bestselling novel about family, friendship, tragedy and redemption as told between father and son.

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6.  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  This is an amazing story set in Ghana that takes place over seven generations about two half sisters who don’t know each other.

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7.  Long Walk To FreedomAn autobiography by Nelson Mandela.  Mandela, an international hero who made it his lifelong mission to fight racial oppression in South Africa.

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8.  What It Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.  This Nigerian author talks us on a journey in multiple time as it relates to “keys” both literal and metaphorical.  Is a key actually to a house, to one’s heart or possibly to a secret?  Completely worth the read.

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9.  Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.  The author is from Limbe, Cameroon and as such she writes the tale of a young Cameroonian couple trying to live the American dream in New York City.

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10.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.  The first of three novels in the series; this is the ultimate African trilogy.  These books cover the African resisitance to Europe as told by a an Igbo warrior in the 1800’s.

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