These are books that I have read or am reading currently as research before I go.

Amsterdam | Greece | Vietnam & Cambodia | India | Nepal |
United KingdomMexicoGeneralFavorite Reads



I am Rembrandt’s Daughter by Lynn Cullen

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Hercules by Jeanette Winterson

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong

Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox

United Kingdom

Rules, Britannia: An Insider’s Guide to Life in the United Kingdom by Toni Hargis

The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British by Sarah Lyall

Land of the Seal People by Duncan Williamson

The Folk Tales of Scotland by Norah Montgomerie & William Montgomerie

Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn

The Victorians by A.N. Wilson


SOLD by Patricia McCormick

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthissen

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Annapurna by Maurice Herzog


Elementary Hindi by Richard Delacy and Sudha Joshi (and workbook)

Teach Yourself Hindi by Rupert Snell with Simon Weightman

May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons by Elisabeth Bumiller [nonfiction]

In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce [nonfiction]

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan by Yasmin Khan [nonfiction]

AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India by [nonfiction anthology]

The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan [fiction]

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India by Roberto Calasso [mythology/fiction]

The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic by R. K. Narayan [mythology/fiction]

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai [fiction]

To Uphold the World: A Call for a New Global Ethic from Ancient India by Bruce Rich [nonfiction]

Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors [fiction]

A Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott [fiction]

Culture Shock! India: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette by Gitanjali Kolanad [nonfiction]

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts [memoir-inspired-fiction]

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventureby Sarah McDonald [memoir]

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lamaby H.H. Dalai Lama [memoir]

The Space Between Usby Thrity Umrigar [fiction]

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern Indiaby William Dalrymple [nonfiction / travel memoir]


The House on Dream Street by Dana Sachs [travel memoir]

Catfish & Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham [travel / viet kieu memoir]

Vietnam Today: A Guide to a Nation at Crossroads by Mark Ashwill [nonfiction]

Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing Ngor [memoir]

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam by Bao Ninh [fiction]

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram by Dang Thuy Tram [nonfiction, diary]


Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Kristof and WuDunn

Favorite Reads

Of 2011: Part One & Part Two


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