I LOVE TO READ and these are just some of my favorite books.  A wide variety of topics interest me, so you’re bound to find something that resonates with you.  Even if you aren’t an ardent world traveler, the books themselves will transport you!  Whether they delight, enlighten, bore or disappoint, let me know what you think.

Another Time, Another Place

  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams [Peru]
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks [Bosnia]
  • Here is New York by E.B. White [New York City, USA]
  • They Came To Nashville by Marshall Chapman [Tennessee]
  • Three Cups of Tea by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson [Afghanistan]
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese [Ethiopia]
  • Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh [Kenya]
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee [Korea, Japan]
  • They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Alephonsion Deng [Sudan]
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle [France]
  • Find Me Unafraid Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum by Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede [Kenya, USA]
  • The Rent Collector by Camron Wright [Cambodia]
  • Our Man in Moscow by Robert Ford [Russia]
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn [WWI France, England]
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls [USA]
  • The Motorcycle Diaries, Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Che Guevara [Latin America]
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck [China]
  • Wide-Open World How Volunteering Around the World Changed One Family’s Lives Forever by John Marshall [Costa Rica, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Tibet, Portugal]
  • The Mountain Shadow (sequel to Shantaram) by Gregory David Roberts [India]
  • The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett [Great Britain, India]
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba [Malawi]
  • The Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway [Kenya, East Africa]
  • Zambizi by Tony Park [Southern and East Africa]
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts [India]
  • The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry [India]
  • Sideways on a Scooter, Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy [India]
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden [Japan]
  • Tales of a Female Nomad, Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman [Latin America, Asia and Beyond]
  • Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene [Cuba]
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat [Haiti]
  • Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien, A Yanqui’s Missteps in Argentina by Brian Winter [Argentina]
  • Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight, An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller [Africa]
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Run! True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Alison [Botswana]
  • Don’t Look Behind You by Peter Allison [Southern Africa]
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay [South Africa]
  • So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba [Senegal]
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinawe Achebe [Nigeria]
  • Emma’s War, Love, Betrayal and Death in the Sudan by Deborah Scroggins [Sudan]
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham [East Africa]
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver [Africa]
  • Bill Bryson’s African Diary by Bill Bryson [Kenya]
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Cookbooks, Food & Hospitality

  • Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome by Dr. Will Bulsiewicz
  • Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food by Gina Rae La Cerva
  • Chloe Flavor by Chloe Coscarelli
  • Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw
  • Veganize It! by Robin Robertson
  • Vegan Casseroles by Julie Hasson
  • Thug Kitchen Cookbooks
  • Six Seasons, A New Way With Vegetables by Joshua McFadden
  • Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook
  • Garlic and Sapphires, The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
  • Driving Hungry, A Memoir by Layne Mosler
  • At Home in The Whole Food Kitchen, Celebrating the Art of Eating Well by Amy Chaplin
  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook, Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon
  • Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
  • In Defense of Food, An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • Fast Food Nation, The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Local Flavors Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets by Deborah Madison
  • The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
  • Female Nomad and Friends, Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World by Rita Golden Gelman
  • Setting the Table, The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
  • The Warm and Welcome Home, Sharing God’s Love Through Hospitality by Quin Sherrer
  • Tabletops by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

Christianity & Spirituality

  • The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbott
  • Raising Hell: The Short and Sweet Version by Julie Ferwerda
  • Francis and Clare of Assisi, Selected Writings
  • Chasing Francis, A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
  • Mindfulness on the Go Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere by Jan Chozen Bays
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster
  • More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
  • The Theology of the Hammer by Millard Fuller
  • The Wounded Healer by Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
  • Mudhouse Sabbath, An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline by Lauren F. Winner
  • Real Sex, The Naked Truth about Chastity by Lauren F. Winner
  • Girl Meets God, On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren F. Winner
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Social Justice & Education

  • A Path Appears by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • The Book of Forgiving by Desmond and Mpho Tutu
  • Planet of Slums by Mike Davis
  • International Bank of Bob, Connecting Our Worlds One $25 KIVA Loan at a Time by Bob Harris
  • Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela [South Africa]
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • Through African Eyes by Leon E. Clark
  • Democratizing Development, The Role of Voluntary Organizations by John Clark
  • Achieving Broad-Based Sustainable Development by Weaver, Rock, Kusterer
  • Race Matters by Cornel West
  • Never Say Nigger Again! An Antiracism Guide for White Liberals by M. Garlinda Burton

Health & Psychology

  • The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart
  • Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
  • The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
  • Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel by Drew Hill
  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  • When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Smart but Scattered by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
  • Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions to Adulthood by Lisa Damour
  • The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children by Lou Priolo
  • Radical Remission, Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Dr. Kelly Turner
  • Voice Lessons for Parents, What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen by Wendy Mogel, PhD
  • The China Study, The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell
  • Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • The Checklist Manifesto, How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  • The Blue Zones: Lesson For Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner
  • Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way by Dan Buettner
  • Emotional Intelligence, Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
  • Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide Edited by Larry Trivieri, Jr. and John W. Anderson
  • Knockout, Interviews with doctors who are curing cancer and how to prevent getting it in the first place by Suzanne Somers
  • Beyond IQ by Garth Sundem
  • The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  • The Measure of My Days by Florida Scott-Maxwell

Fashion & Décor

  • I’ll Drink to That, A Life in Style with a Twist by Betty Halbreicht
  • Alligators, Old Mink & New Money by Alison Houtte & Melissa Houtte
  • Learning to See: Bringing the World Around You Into Your Home by Vicente Wolf
  • Lifting the Curtain on Design by Vicente Wolf
  • Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design by Vicente Wolf
  • Furnishing Forward by Sheila Bridges
  • The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin

Just for Fun & Everything Else

  • Calypso by David Sedaris (*funniest book ever)
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • How to be the World’s Smartest Traveler by Christopher Elliott
  • Congratulations, by the way by George Saunders
  • Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes [New York City]
  • Summer at Tiffany by Margorie Hart [New York City]
  • The Sky’s the Limit, Passion and Property in Manhattan by Steven Gaines [New York City]
  • The Allegra Biscotti Collection by Olivia Bennett
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Endangered Pleasures by Barbara Holland
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker
  • Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
  • What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren

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