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Global Issues

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Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder

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Unbowed: A Memoir - Wangari Maathai
Kenyan environmentalist, feminist, and political activist Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, tells her life story.

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Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to your Tank - Lisa Margonelli
An account of the oil industry -- the people, economies, and pipelines that bring us petroleum -- brilliantly illuminating a world we encounter every day.

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Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival - Jen Marlowe
A collection of true stories recounting the history, hopes, fears, and resilience of dozens of Darfurians who survived the violence of the 2003 rebellion against the Sudanese government.

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The Global History Reader - Bruce Mazlish

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Social Studies and the World: Teaching Global Perspectives - Merry M. Merryfield

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Educating Citizens for Global Awareness - edited by Nel Noddings

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Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail - Paul Polak

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America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History - Organization of American Historians, Gary Reichard, and Ted Dickson

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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for our Time - Jeffrey Sachs
Sachs shares a wide-spectrum theory about how to enable economic success throughout the world, identifying the different categories into which various nations fall in today's economy while posing solutions to top political, environmental, and social problems that contribute to poverty.

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China's Brave New World: And Other Tales for Global Times - Jeffery N. Wasserstrom

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It's All Connected: A Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions - Benjamin Wheeler
A resource for teaching about global issues and sustainability in today's complex world.

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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children - John Wood

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Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty - Muhammad Yunus
Yunus discusses the obstacles he overcame in setting up a bank devoted to providing the poor of Bangladesh with small loans.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity - Katherine Boo
A bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.

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Under the Udala Trees - Chinelo Okparanta
*NEW in 2015* Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, this novel is a deeply searching debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

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Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel - Maaza Mengiste
An epic tale of a father and two sons, of betrayals and loyalties, of a family unraveling in the wake of Ethiopia's revolution.

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Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok
Kimberly and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn in the early 1980s from Hong Kong. A story of resilience, courage, and determination.

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Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson
In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients -- dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups -- from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif -- the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.

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The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
This novel follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India's caste society.

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Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Set in Nigeria, Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.


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