Adult Book List

These are the adult books I read while I read children’s books to my girls. I want to extend my own learning about each country we “visit” and stretch myself as a reader. Books marked with * were written by an author native to the country they wrote about in their work. You can read summaries/reviews of each book on that country’s post.

Afghanistan

I’ll be updating this soon as I don’t feel comfortable recommending the book I read at this point. You can see my post about Afghanistan for more about that.

Argentina

*A Crack in the Wall by Claudia Pineiro, translated by Miranda France

Australia

*Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Belgium

*Pietr the Latvian by George Simenon

Belize

*Beka Lamb, by Belizean author Zee Edgell

Botswana

*The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales, by Bessie Head

Brazil

*An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasures by Clarice Lispector

Chile

*Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda, translated by W.S. Merwin

*Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell

Denmark

*The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson

Dominican Republic

*In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Finland

*The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

France

*The Years by French author Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison Strayer

Ghana

*Homegoing, by Ghanian American author Yaa Gyasi

Iceland

*The Blue Fox by Icelandic author Sjon, translated by Victoria Cribb

Iran

*Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

In the Palace of Flowers by Victoria Princewill

Jamaica

*Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Japan

*The Sarashina Diary by Sugawarano Takasue no Musume, translated by Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Itō

Malawi

*The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by  William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer, & Anna Hymas

Mexico

*Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies, by Mexican author Laura Esuivel, translated by Carol & Thomas Christensen

*After the Winter, by Mexican author Guadalupe Nettel, translated by Rosalind Harvey

Norway

*The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas 

Somalia

*When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jameson & Omar Mohamed

South Korea

*At Dusk, by Korean author Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell

South Sudan

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Syria

*The Arabian Nights by Muhsin Mahdi (Editor)  Husain Haddawy (Translator)

Togo

*An African in Greenland, by Tete Michel Kpomassie, translated by James Kirkup

Vietnam

*The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai