International Book Club Theme

My book club does a rotating theme which changes every six months.  Our current theme is “international cultures.”  The purpose is to broaden our horizons and read a book that is based in a country or culture foreign to what our own experiences were growing up.  It’s a broad enough theme that can allow for fiction or nonfiction titles.

It’s my turn to choose a book next month, and I’m looking for recommendations.  Have you read any good books that might fit this theme?

5 comments

  1. absolutely ‘The Kite Runner’! if you haven’t read it, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. i love ‘The God of Small Things” too for a look at another culture.

  2. I thought the book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman was a really interesting exploration of how a clash between two cultures, in regards to medical practices, resulted in a little girl living in a vegetative state. I would recommend it.

  3. This is a great idea! I want to try it with my club.

    I didn’t read it, but have heard “A Thousand Splendid Summers”–same guy who wrote Kite Runner–is fabulous and more about women.

    Also, for non-fiction, “Reading Lolita in Tehran.”

    “Digging for China” by Anne Tyler was interesting. There’s an Iranian character, as well as adopted babies born in Korea. It wasn’t the best book ( Very domestic–no real plot) but my book club had a great conversation about it.

    Hope that helps!
    Amy

  4. Hi Lisa,
    thanks for stopping by our blog a couple of days ago and for your kind words, I am really enjoying reading yours. I have a suggestion for this post, have you read Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert? It is a fabulous book, touches on culture in the U.S., Italy, India and Bali through the lens of the author’s personal journey and I think it would spark some interesting discussion. Gook luck, let us know what you choose.
    cheers,
    Zoe

  5. My recommendations include (in no particular order) Reading Lolita in Tehran, Persepolis – Graphic Novels, and The Kite Runner. Two books I have not read but may be of interest include Monique and the Mango Rains and Funny in Farsi.

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