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English II - CultEx: Madrid's List of Non-Fiction Texts

Non-Fiction Texts

Cultural Exploration Nonfiction 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

Escape from Slavery: The True Story of my Ten Year in Captivity and my Journey to Freedom in America by Francis Bok



The Accidental Public Servant by Nasir El-Rufai

Sandals in the Snow by Rose Ihedigbo

There was a Country by Chinua Achebe


South Africa

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography - The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane



No Greater Love by Levi Benkurt



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


Sierra Leone

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah



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 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



Panic by David Marr



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

Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa by Karen Muller

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



Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love by Xinran

Bound Feet and Western Dress by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang

The Lost Daughters of China by Karin Evans



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, 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

Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston