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"Themes of War"


  • The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen (Anchor Books)

  • Shiloh by Shelby Foote (Vintage)

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner)

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (Mariner Books)

  • Shoulder the Sky by Anne Perry (Ballantine Books)


  • We Band of Angels: The Untold Stories of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth Norman (Atria)

    WNBA Nashville Series 2010 (PDF)

    "Books Beyond Our Borders: Reading and Writing About Other Cultures"


  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Europa Editions)

  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner Books)

  • The Sound of Language by Amulya Malladi (Ballantine)

  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Vintage)

  • Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy, 1) by Naguib Mahfouz (Anchor)

  • Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said (Anchor)

    WNBA Nashville Series 2009 (PDF)

    "Food for Thought: Reading and Writing About Food"


  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Anchor)


  • Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin (HarperPerennial)

  • My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme (Anchor)

  • The Measure of Her Powers: An M.F.K. Fisher Reader by M.F.K. Fisher (Counterpoint)

  • A Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (Picador)

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (Penguin)

    Special Interest and Themes

    World Connections — Afghanistan


  • Paradise Trilogy: Companions of Paradise by Thalassa Ali (Bantam)

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Trade)

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Trade)

  • The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra (Anchor)

  • Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan by Kathleen MacArthur (

  • The End of Manners by Francesca Marciano (Pantheon)


  • However Tall the Mountain: A Dream, Eight Girls & a Journey Home by Awista Ayub (Hyperion)

  • Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom by John Follain (Harper Paperbacks)

  • The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert (First Second)

  • Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan by Ann Jones (Metropolitan Books)

  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Penguin)

  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriquez and Kristin Ohlson (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad (Back Bay Books)

  • The Places In Between by Rory Stewart (Harvest Books)



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