Books about Cultural Heritage

  1. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

    by Helen Simonson
    A widower finds love and acceptance in an unlikely place, challenging social conventions.

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as ... (Goodreads)

  2. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

    by James McBride
    A memoir of a black man's journey to understand his white mother's past and how it shaped his own identity.

    Touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity, and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A ... (Goodreads)

  3. The Wrath and the Dawn

    by Renée Ahdieh
    A thrilling adventure of love and revenge in a mystical, ancient land.

    One Life to One Dawn. In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new ... (Goodreads)

  4. Thousand Cranes

    by Yasunari Kawabata
    A tale of love, loss, and longing set in traditional Japan.

    The novel is set in Japan after World War II . The protagonist, Kikuji, who has been orphaned, becomes involved with Mrs. Ota, a former mistress of his father's. She commits suicide, seemingly ... (Wikipedia)

  5. Middlesex

    by Jeffrey Eugenides
    A multigenerational story of a hermaphrodite's journey to discovering his identity.

    "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . ... (Barnes & Noble)

  6. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

    by Heidi W. Durrow
    A young black girl's story of survival, resilience, and self-discovery in a world of racial prejudice.

    "The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, can actually fly." —,The New York Times Book Review, , Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a ... (Barnes & Noble)

  7. عائد إلى حيفا

    by غسان كنفاني
    A young Palestinian man's journey to reclaim his homeland and identity.

    تجسد حب كنفاني للعودة إلى بلده، فهي تدور بمعظمها في الطريق إلى حيفا عندما يقرر سعيد وزوجته الذهاب إلى هناك، وتفقد بيتهما الذي تركاه وفيه طفل رضيع أثناء معركة حيفا عام 1948. وتعطي الرواية حيزاً كبيراً ... (Goodreads)

  8. Anansi Boys

    by Neil Gaiman
    A young man discovers his magical family history and learns to use his new supernatural powers.

    Anansi Boys is the story of Charles "Fat Charlie" Nancy, a timid Londoner devoid of ambition, whose unenthusiastic wedding preparations are disrupted when he learns that his father (Mr. Nancy) has ... (Wikipedia)

  9. People of the Book

    by Geraldine Brooks
    A journey through time as an ancient book is discovered and its secrets revealed.

    The "complex and moving" ( The New Yorker ) novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war. Inspired by a true story, "People of the ... (Goodreads)

  10. This Is How You Lose Her

    by Junot Díaz
    A collection of stories about young love, heartache, and the struggle to find one's place in the world.

    On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a ... (Goodreads)

  11. Gustav Klimt: 1862-1918

    by Gilles Néret
    A comprehensive overview of Klimt's life, work, and influence on the art world.

    Cult of pleasure: Feminine sensuality by the Vienna Secession's greatest proponent Gustav Klimt's ornate, sensual, and decadent style made him not only the most prominent of the Vienna Secessionists ... (Goodreads)

  12. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

    by Louise Erdrich
    A priest's journey of self-discovery as he unravels secrets of a Native American community.

    There are two main timelines: novel’s “present day,” set in 1996 during the last few months of Father Damien's life, and Damien's past as Agnes DeWitt, from 1910 onward. Erdrich intermixes these ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Living to Tell the Tale

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    Autobiographical account of the author's life, from his childhood to his Nobel Prize in Literature.

    He is perhaps the most acclaimed, revered and widely read writer of our time, and in this first volume of a planned trilogy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez begins to tell the story of his life. Living to ... (Goodreads)

  14. Africanus: El hijo del cónsul

    by Santiago Posteguillo

    A finales del siglo IV antes de Cristo, Roma se encontraba a punto de ser aniquilada por los ejércitos cartagineses al mando de Aníbal. Ese era su inexorable destino hasta que surgió un solo hombre, ... (Goodreads)

  15. Noble House

    by James Clavell
    Epic tale of business deals, struggles for power, and the constant battle for control of Hong Kong.

    Noble House is set in 1963. The tai-pan , Ian Dunross, struggles to rescue Struan's from the precarious financial position left by his predecessor. To this end, he seeks partnership with an American ... (Wikipedia)

  16. Akata Witch

    by Nnedi Okorafor
    A magical journey of self-discovery, learning to use powers to help save the world.

    Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue was born in America yet lives in Nigeria. She is Black and albino. She's a great athlete, yet she can't go out in the sun to play soccer. Sunny then discovers that she ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Ghosts

    by Raina Telgemeier
    A young girl's journey of self-discovery as she navigates her family's secrets, cultural heritage and spiritual beliefs.

    The novel opens as the family is ordering at the drive-through of an fictional Double-Back Burger (the colors and logos of which are based on In-N-Out Burger ) before leaving southern California for ... (Wikipedia)

  18. When I Was Puerto Rican

    by Esmeralda Santiago
    A young woman's memoir of her immigrant journey from Puerto Rico to New York City.

    Esmeralda Santiago is the oldest child her parents have together, although her father has an older daughter she doesn't know about. Her parents' relationship is damaged as her mother suspects her ... (Wikipedia)

  19. The Princes of Ireland

    by Edward Rutherfurd
    Epic chronicle of Irish history, spanning from ancient times to the present day.

    Brilliantly weaving impeccable historical research with stirring storytelling, Edward Rutherfurd explores our shared Celtic roots in a magnificent epic of Ireland spanning eleven centuries. While ... (Goodreads)

  20. نقطة النور

    by بهاء طاهر

    يفتح بهاء طاهر نوافذ الفكر مشرعة على الاستقراءات الاجتماعية وحتى التاريخية ويدني القارئ أكثر وأكثر للاشتفافات الروحية. تنطلق عباراته شفافة في مدى الجانب الصوفي، وتأتي معانيه مترعة بالشوق واللهفة إلى ... (Goodreads)

  21. This Earth Of Mankind

    by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
    A family saga set in colonial Indonesia, exploring the effects of oppression and injustice.

    This Earth of Mankind tells the story of Minke, a Javanese minor royal who studies at a Hogere Burger School (HBS) in an era when only the descendants of the European colonizers can expect to attain ... (Wikipedia)

  22. The Curse of the Pharaohs

    by Elizabeth Peters
    A thrilling mystery set in ancient Egypt, where a daring sleuth uncovers a deadly secret.

    The Emersons are at home in England, aching to return to Egypt, but finding no excuse to return until Lady Baskerville asks them to finish the excavation started by her husband, who died mysteriously ... (Wikipedia)

  23. Orhan's Inheritance

    by Aline Ohanesian
    Orhan inherits his grandfather's property in Turkey, uncovering family secrets and the Armenian genocide. A story of love, loss, and identity.

    In her extraordinary debut, Aline Ohanesian has created two remarkable characters—a young man ignorant of his family’s and his country’s past, and an old woman haunted by the toll the past has taken ... (Goodreads)

  24. Jesus Land: A Memoir

    by Julia Scheeres
    A coming-of-age story of two adopted siblings navigating life in a strict religious home.

    For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, "Jesus Land" stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the ... (Goodreads)

  25. Home Fire

    by Kamila Shamsie
    A family torn apart by tragedy, facing the choices of loyalty, love and politics.

    Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long ... (Goodreads)

  26. Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

    by Robert K. Wittman
    A former FBI agent's memoir of his undercover work recovering stolen art and antiquities from around the world.

    In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his career for the first time. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antiques dealer, Wittman ... (Goodreads)

  27. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

    by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    A young man's journey to understanding his identity, culture, and family.

    A “mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss” from the acclaimed author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe . ( New York Times Book Review ) Sal ... (Barnes & Noble)

  28. Samarkand

    by Amin Maalouf
    Epic tale of a man's journey to discover his identity and the truths of his ancestry.

    The first half of the story is set in Persia (present day Iran ) and Central Asia in the 11th century, and revolves around the scientist, philosopher, and poet Omar Khayyám . It recounts the creation ... (Wikipedia)

  29. فرج

    by Radwa Ashour

    في سرد روائي جذاب تقدم رضوى عاشور سيرة ندى عبد القادر التي عاشت تجربة ثلاثة أجيال من المساجين؛ أبيها الأستاذ الجامعي، ثم هي شخصيًا، ثم أخيها الذي لا يتجاوز عمر ابنها المفترض. كما تعيد قراءة الستين ... (Goodreads)

  30. يوم غائم في البر الغربي

    by محمد المنسي قنديل

    تدور أحداث هذه الرواية الشيقة والممتعة للكاتب المتميز محمد المنسي قنديل في مصر في مطلع القرن العشرين، حيث يحكي لنا عن عائشة، الفتاة الجميلة التي عاشت الحب وعانت من النبذ والخديعة، ورحلتها الطويلة، من ... (Goodreads)

  31. When the Moon Was Ours

    by Anna-Marie McLemore
    A magical realism tale of two friends, one who paints moons and the other who grows roses, navigating identity, love, and secrets in a small town.

    From the author of, The Weight of Feathers, comes a young adult novel about a girl hiding the truth, a boy with secrets from his past, and four sisters who could ruin them both.,Recipient of a ... (Barnes & Noble)

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