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Recommended Reading


Recommended by Mike MacLeod

Books involving Africa & Peace Corps:

Mango Elephants in the Sun, by Susanna Herrera.
Takes place in Northern Cameroon (West Africa). Itís fun, funny, poignant, insightful, very enjoyable.
The Ponds of Kalambayi, by Mike Tidwell.
(Zaire)
Whiteman, by Tony DíSouza.
(Cote díIvoire)
Mating, by Norman Rush.
(Botswana)
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town, by Paul Theroux.
Nine Hills to Nambonkaha, by Sarah Erdman.
(Cote díIvoire)
Power Lines, by Jason Carter.
(S. Africa, Swaziland)
Monique & the Mango Rains, by Kris Holloway.
(Cote díIvoire)

Books involving China & Peace Corps:

Rivertown, by Peter Hessler.

Books dealing with Burma (Myanmar:

From the Land of Green Ghosts, by Pascal Khoo Thwe.
The Trouser People, by Andrew Marshall.
Finding George Orwell in Burma, by Emma Larkin.
(a pen name, I think)
Land of Jade, by Bertil Lintner.
(he has written at least one more good one)
Living Silence. by Christina Fink.

Book about travel in Laos:

One Foot in Laos, by Dervla Murphy.
(2001 trip when 60 yrs old, has many other travel adventure books also, but this is the only one Iíve read so far)

Other recommended reading:

Manís Searching for Meaning, Victor Frankl
Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman
The Art of Happiness, Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler
The Practice of Poetry, Behn & Twichell, ed.
No Manís Land (V.N.), a diary of a Vietnamese soldier
Flags of our Fathers, James Bradley
Korean Endgame, Harrison, S. S.
Please, Mr. Einstein, Carriere, Jean-Claude
The Echo Maker, Powers, Richard
Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, Haupte, Lynda Lynn
Radical Hope, Lear, Jonathan
Sky Burial, Xinran
The Good Women of China, Xinran
A Long Way Gone, Beah, Ishmael
Ghost Wars, Steve Coll
Down Under, Bill Bryson
The Zero, Jess Walter
Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Snow, Pamuk, Orhan
Links, Nuruddin Farah
Plum Wine, Angela Davis-Gardner
Siam Mapped, Thongchai Winichakul
The King Never Smiles, Paul Handley
War Trash, Ha, Jin
Disco for the Departed, Colin Cotteril
While Europe Slept, Bruce Bawer
See No Evil, Robert Baer
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Blow the House Down, Robert Baer
Knots, Nuruddin Farah
Nam-o-Rama, Phillip Jennings
A Case of Two Cities, Qiu Xiaolong
Death of a Red Heroine, Qiu Xiaolong
Rules for Old Men Waiting, Peter Pouncey
When the Rivers Run Dry, Fred Pearce
A long Way Gone (Memoirs of a Boy Soldier), Ishmael Beah
Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn
The Ugly American, Wm. Lederer & Eugene Burdick
The Secret History of the American Empire, John Perkins
Dark Ages America, Morris Berman
Lone Survivor, Luttrell, Marcus
Empress, Shan Sa
Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
The Messenger, Daniel Silva
Terrorisr, Updike, John
Teach Like Your Hairís on Fire, Rafe Esquith


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