Interested in learning more about some of the places that have been in the headlines lately? Sometimes a work of fiction or personal memoir can be so much more revealing than a story in the news.

Our store in Manhattan aims to stock books from every country in the world, and we are always happy to recommend a title from a specific place! Here’s a short list of our recommendations for books about places that we have seen in the news lately.

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EL SALVADOR

One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta

This modern Latin American classic tells the story of one day in life of an ordinary peasant family in the build-up to the Salvadoran Civil War. Banned in El Salvador upon its publication in 1980 for its frank depiction of the violence of the ruling government, this is a great start for learning more about the roots of the conflicts that are still effecting the Americas today.

 

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ENGLAND

Housegirl by Michael Donkor

With Brexit looming, more attention has been drawn to the many immigrant communities that have become part of the UK in recent decades. Housegirl tells the story of three Ghanaian teenagers from very different backgrounds who are making lives in London.
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GREENLAND

An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie

A delightful and fascinating book about the mysterious affinities that draw us to unknown places. The author, Kpomassie, was born in Togo but became fascinated with Greenland as a teenager. He spent nearly a decade working his way north, and this book records his adventures with the Inuit when he arrives in the land of his dreams.

 

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HONG KONG

Snow and Shadow by Dorothy Tse

This collection of surrealist short stories by Hong Kong writer Dorothy Tse offer a window into a playful and poetic side of Hong Kongese culture. Tse is part of a long tradition of writers from Hong Kong whose polyglot, cosmopolitan work offers a resistance to both political pressure and the mundanity of ordinary life.
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PALESTINE

The Children of the Ghetto: My Name is Adam by Elias Khoury

Adam is a Palestinian immigrant in New York who works selling falafel. When he encounters a figure from his past in Palestine, he is moved to write the history of his family and his people, reaching back to his earliest childhood in a Palestinian ghetto.