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English II - CultEx: Cultural Exploration Non-fiction Choices

Cultural Exploration Non-fiction Choices by Country/Region/Culture


  • What is the What by Dave Eggers

  • They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, Alephonsian Deng, Judy Bernstein

  • The Gods Grew Tired of Us by John Bul Dau and Michael S. Sweeney



  • The Accidental Public Servant by Nasir El-Rufai

  • Sandals in the Snow by Rose Ihedigbo

  • There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe



  • No Greater Love by Levi Benkurt



  • Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis



  • Far and Beyon’ by Unity Dow

  • Saturday is for Funerals by Unity Dow



  • Egypt on the Brink by Tarek Osman



  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi



  • Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi by Salam Pax



  • The Wrong Enemy by Carlotta Gall

  • I is for Infidel by Kathy Gannon



  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  • The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass



  • Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix

  • Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa by Karin Muller

  • Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower



  • The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas by Mahatma Gandhi and Louis Fischer

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo



  • Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

  • Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape by Raja Shehadeh

  • After the Last Sky: Palestinian Lives by Edward Said and Jean Mohr

  • I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti

  • Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak by Deborah Ellis



  • Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas

  • Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak by Deborah Ellis


North Korea

  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

  • Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

  • Kimjongilia: A True Story of Romance and Sacrifice from North Korea by Victor Fox

  • Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim


Several Countries

  • Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl