Focus on Global

2014 Spring Break Reads

Continuing last year's monthly global reading lists, the list below is designed to give you some ideas for reading over Spring Break, but with a global twist. The books featured below are owned by the Hall Library and available for check-out. We hope you enjoy!


Featured Title: Americanah

Ifemelu is a bit of a reluctant immigrant to America, coming for college from her native Nigeria. She simply does not want to be apart from her true love, Obinze, who in his own time moves to London. In America she has to grapple, for the first time, with what it means to be black. Told from from multiple points of views, Americanah examines what it's like to live in Nigeria and be an African immigrant in England and the US. Americanah was named to multiple best of 2013 lists including by NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Faces of Love

Translator Dick Davis brings into English the 14th Century work of three Persian poets. As Michael Robbins of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Davis has done something I’d thought impossible: given us an Englished Hafez whose verses retain an intimation of what all the fuss is about...this anthology is a revelation."
Other books you might enjoy, but that are not owned by the Hall Library:
Children are Diamonds by Edward Hoagland
Love is Power, or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik
Submergence by J.M. Ledgrad
They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan


Featured Title: The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way

What types of education helps children become smarter? Time magazine writer Amanda Ripley follows three American teens who choose to study abroad in hopes of a better education. One studies in South Korea, another in Poland, and the third in Finland. Through the experiences of the three students, Ripley examines how these three countries have been able to do well in international comparisons, especially in math. Combining anecdotes with data and reports of research, Ripley's book is approachable and gives any teacher a lot to think about, even if you don't agree with everything she believes.


Teen and Young Adult Books

Picture Books