Ireland, Disaster; Continent: Europe, North America

The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly Graphic and complicated, this worthy story isn’t for the faint of heart 397 pages (338 pages of content, counting the afterword) For American history textbook purposes, the 1840s Irish potato blight and its consequences can be neatly summarized: […]

Russia, Judaism; Continent: Asia and North America

A Bear, a Backpack, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin Emigration, a realistic story served without the “happily-ever-after” charm of An American Tail 322 pages The 1980s, and the Cold War haunts me sometimes as I fall asleep. One evening, I stand transfixed in front of CNN watching regular people tear […]

Book 17; Continent: Africa

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder 277 pages (Acknowledgments begin page 259) Read this book from start to finish on a transcontinental flight—Deo’s survival story will help you tune out the annoying guy in the seat next to you—but plan to think about it for much longer. Tracy Kidder tells the story of a […]