books | international a-z |

As a connoisseur of books, I traipse through a destination, before embarking on my journey, by way of literary fiction, travel stories, or memoirs. Sometimes, though not often, I read historical accounts. I enjoy the process of immersing myself in a place before I go, getting a feel for the culture, the people, and what defines a place. Reading ignites my imagination about a place and its inhabitants. It also extends my travel time. 🙂

The following list of books, set in countries all over the world, is a work in process.  I invite readers to suggest additional books set in these locales in the comments below. I’m most interested in including memoir, literary fiction, historical accounts or essays, and even guidebooks.  Links to Goodreads and star ratings (1-5) are provided for books I’ve read; if you click on them you may be able to read my review (if I wrote one!). The ones in bold green are books I own but haven’t read.  The others are suggestions for future reading. 🙂


  • The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton *****
  • The Mindful Traveler: A Guide to Journaling and Transformative Travel by Jim Currie *****
  • The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery by Joseph Dispenza *****
  • The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau ****
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert *****
  • A Woman’s Path: Women’s Best Spiritual Travel Writing, ed. Lucy McCauley ****
  • Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach ****
  • Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach
  • Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves ****
  • Griffin and Sabine (Griffin & Sabine #1) by Nick Bantock *****
  • Sabine’s Notebook (Griffin & Sabine #2) by Nick Bantock
  • The Golden Mean (Griffin & Sabine #3) by Nick Bantock
  • the way of the wanderer: discover your true self through travel by David Yeadon ***
  • Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers by Nancy Pearl
  • The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World by Kim Dinan
  • Sun After Dark: Flights into the Foreign by Pico Iyer
  • Video Night in Kathmandu and Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East by Pico Iyer
  • To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey From Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret by Jedidiah Jenkins
  • Nomad’s Hotel: Travels in Time and Space by Cees Nooteboom
  • Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings by Paul Theroux
  • Figures in a Landscape by Paul Theroux
  • The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road by Paul Theroux
  • One Year Off by David Elliott Cohen
  • Travel, Sex, & Train Wrecks by Julie Morey (Kindle)
  • Wanderland: Living the Traveling Life by Kate Evans
  • Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel
  • Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations (Journeys of a Lifetime) by National Geographic Society
  • the singular pilgrim: travels on sacred ground by Rosemary Mahoney
  • Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travelers, Ed. Jane Robinson
  • A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe, Ed. by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick
  • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List by Patricia Schultz
  • The Solo Traveler’s Handbook by Janice Leith Waugh
  • The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook by Janice Leith Waugh
  • The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone
  • National Geographic Student World Atlas (4th Edition)
  • Merriam-Webster’s Student Atlas
  • Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall


  1. Afghanistan
    1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini ****
    2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini ****
    3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (saw the play 1/26/20)
    4. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad ****
    5. An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan by Jason Elliot
    6. The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
    7. The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
    8. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life in Love & War by Lynsey Addario (also Iraq, Sudan, Libya)
    9. American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Grant by Ann Scott Tyson
    10. The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban by Sarah Chayes
    11. 99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochai
    12. A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman
    13. The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam
  2. Albania
    1. Broken April by Ismail Kadare
    2. Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare
    3. Agamemnon’s Daughter: A Novella and Stories by Ismail Kadare
    4. The Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania by Robert Carver
  3. Algeria
    1. The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris by Leïla Marouane **
    2. The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier (Tunisia. Crete. Turkey.)
    3. Nedjma by Yacine Kateb
    4. The Lovers of Algeria by Anouar Benmalek
    5. The Last Life by Claire Messud
    6. The Star of Algiers by Aziz Chouaki
    7. Women of Algiers in their Apartment by Assia Djebar
    8. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    9. Century of Locusts by Malika Mokeddem
    10. Some Dream for Fools by Faïza Guène, Jennifer L. Johnson (Translator), Jenna Johnson (Translator)
  4. Andorra
    1. If You Dare (MacCarrick Brothers #1) by Kresley Cole (historical romance)
  5. Angola
    1. A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa ****
    2. Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A Journey Into Angola by Daniel Metcalfe
    3. Another Day of Life by Ryszard Kapuściński
  6. Antigua and Barbuda
    1. Mr. Potter by Jamaica Kincaid
    2. A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
    3. Dancing Nude in the Moonlight by Joanne C. Hillhouse
  7. Argentina
    1. An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira
    2. The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan
    3. Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez
    4. The Tango Singer by Tomás Eloy Martínez
    5. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
    6. Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch
    7. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
    8. My Father’s Ghost is Climbing in the Rain by Patricio Pron
    9. El Túnel by Ernesto Sábato
    10. We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop
  8. Armenia
    1. Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian ****
    2. An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman
    3. Three Apples Fell From Heaven by Micheline Aharonian Marcom
    4. The Crossing Place: A Journey Among the Armenians by Philip Marsden
    5. Daughter of War by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
  9. Australia
    1. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough *****
    2. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute *****
    3. Tracks by Robyn Davidson
    4. The Dry by Jane Harper
    5. Force of Nature by Jane Harper
    6. The Survivors by Jane Harper
    7. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
    8. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
    9. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
    10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    11. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
    12. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
    13. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
    14. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
    15. Dirt Music by Tim Winton
    16. The Turning by Tim Winton
    17. The Secret River (Thornhill Family #1) by Kate Grenville
    18. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
    19. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
    20. Two Old Men Dying by Tom Keneally
    21. The Inland Sea by Madeleine Watts
    22. The Yield by Tara June Winch
    23. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
    24. On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu
    25. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Robert Hughes
    26. One for the Road: An Outback Adventure by Tony Horwitz
    27. Tasmania
      1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  10. Austria
    1. The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
    2. A Time of Gifts (Trilogy #1) by Patrick Leigh Fermor (& Germany, Hungary)
    3. The Bells by Richard Harvell
    4.  Vienna
      1. The Fig Eater by Jody Shields
      2. All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
      3. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
      4. Exile Music by Jennifer Steil (also Bolivia)
      5. The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
  11. Azerbaijan
    1. Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said
    2. Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter’s Adventures in an Oil-rich, War-torn, Post-Soviet Republic by Thomas Goltz
    3. The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life by Tom Reiss
  12. The Bahamas
    1. Kiss Heaven Goodbye by Tasmina Perry
    2. The Far Side of the Sun by Kate Furnivall
    3. The Night Manager by John le Carré (also Cairo)
    4. The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
    5. Pirates! by Celia Rees
  13. Bahrain
    1. The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell
  14. Bangladesh
    1. Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunnus ****
    2. Lajja: Shame by Taslima Nasrin
    3. The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass
    4. A Golden Age (Bangla Desh #1) by Tahmima Anam
  15. Barbados
    1. The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
    2. Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart
    3. The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin
    4. No Man in the House by Cecil Foster
    5. The Summer Country by Lauren Willig
    6. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
  16. Belarus
    1. Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future by Svetlana Alexievich
  17. Belgium
    1. In the Company of Angels by N.M. Kelby (also France)
    2. The Bridge of Years: A Novel by May Sarton
    3. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
    4. A Tall Man in a Low Land by Harry Pearson
  18. Belize
    1. Time Among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico by Ronald Wright
  19. Benin
  20. Bhutan
    1. Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa
    2. Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming
    3. A Field Guide to Happiness by Linda Leaming
    4. A Painter’s Year in the Forests of Bhutan by A.K. Hellum
    5. Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli
    6. The Heart of the Buddha by Elsie Sze
    7. Under the Holy Lake: A Memoir of Eastern Bhutan by Ken Haigh
    8. Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya by Britta Das
    9. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabel Allende
    10. Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon: A Journey Through Bhutan by Katie Hickman
    11. Tales in Colour and Other Stories by Kunzang Choden
    12. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
    13. Falling Off the Map by Pico Iyer
  21. Bolivia
    1. Exile Music by Jennifer Steil (also Vienna, Austria)
    2. The Matter of Desire: A Novel by by Edmundo Paz Soldán, Lisa Carter, translator
    3. Purity by Jonathan Franzen
    4. Let Me Speak (Memoir) by Domitila Barrios de Chungara
    5. The Fat Man from La Paz (stories) edited by Rosario Santos
    6. Marching Powder (Autobiography) by Rusty Young & Thomas McFadden
    7. Whispering in the Giant’s Ear (Memoir) by William Powers
    8. Beyond the Snows of the Andes (Memoir) by Beatrice Brusic
    9. The Bolivian Times by Tim Elliott
    10. Lost in the Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg
    11. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
    12. Ghost Train Through the Andes: On My Grandfather’s Trail in Chile and Bolivia by Michael Jacobs
  22. Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1. The Stone Fields: Love & Death in the Balkans by Courtney Angela Brkic (Kindle) ****
    2. The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile and Return by Kenan Trebincevic
    3. Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War by Peter Maass
    4. Madness Visible: A Memoir of War by Janine di Giovanni
    5. Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin
    6. Sarajevo
      1. The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon (& Chicago)
      2. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway *****
      3. Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood by Barbara Demick
      4. Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival by Atka Reid & Hana Schofield
  23. Botswana
    1. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
    2. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
    3. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
    4. The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
    5. The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
    6. Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
    7. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
    8. The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
    9. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
    10. Botswana Time by Will Randall
    11. Mating by Norman Rush
    12. Mortals by Norman Rush
    13. When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head
    14. A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley
    15. The Second Death of Good Luck Tinubu by Michael Stanley
    16. Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens
  24. Brazil
    1. All Is Beauty Now by Sarah Faber
    2. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (& Guatemala & Chile)
    3. We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop
    4. The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
    5. Brazil by John Updike
    6. A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb
    7. Heliopolis by James Scudamore
    8. The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma by Lima Barreto
    9. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
    10. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado
    11. Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado
    12. Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado
    13. Ancient Tillage by Raduan Nassar
    14. There Were Many Horses by Luiz Ruffato
    15. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
    16. Blood of the Wicked (Chief Inspector Mario Silva #1) by Leighton Gage
    17. Buried Strangers (Chief Inspector Mario Silva #2) by Leighton Gage
    18. In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon by Redmond O’Hanlon
    19. The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir by Fernando Henrique Cardoso
    20. Brazilian Adventure by Peter Fleming
    21. A Land of Ghosts: The Braided Lives of People and the Forest in Far Western Amazonia by David G. Campbell
    22. Amazon Rainforest (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, etc.)
      1. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett *****
  25. Brunei
  26. Bulgaria
    1. The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
    2. Café Europa: Life After Communisim by Slavenka Drakulić
  27. Burkina Faso
  28. Burundi
  29. Cabo Verde
  30. Cambodia
    1. The Disappeared by Kim Echlin *****
    2. The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam ****
    3. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Daughter of Cambodia #1) by Loung Ung *****
    4. When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge by Chanrithy Him
    5. Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So (Cambodian-Americans in CA)
    6. Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung
    7. Three Flames by Alan Lightman
    8. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
    9. A Cambodian Odyssey by Haing Ngor, Roger Warner
    10. The King’s Last Song by Geoff Ryman
    11. Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors
    12. When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution by Elizabeth Becker
    13. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
    14. The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
    15. River of Time by John Swain
    16. Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien
    17. Holiday in Cambodia (stories) by Laura Jean McKay
    18. Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne
    19. To the End of Hell: One Woman’s Struggle to Survive Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge by Denise Affonço, Margaret Burn (Translator), Katie Hogben (Translator)
    20. Song for an Approaching Storm by Peter Fröberg Idling (Goodreads Author), Peter Graves (Translator)
    21. Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador by Angelina Jolie, Caspian Tredwell-Owen
    22. Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short
    23. The Lost Executioner: A Journey to the Heart of the Killing Fields by Nic Dunlop
    24. The Gate by François Bizot
    25. A Cambodian Prison Portrait by Vann Nath
    26. The Sea Wall by Marguerite Duras
    27. A Dragon Apparent by Norman Lewis
    28. Phnom Penh by Milton Osborne
    29. Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing Ngor
    30. When Clouds Fell From the Sky by Robert Carmichael
    31. A Woman of Angkor by John Burgess
    32. To Cambodia with Love by Twefic El-Sawy – Essay collection, 2010
  31. Cameroon
    1. How Beautiful We Were: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue (unidentified African country)
  32. Canada
    1. Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
    2. Alberta
      1. Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
    3. British Columbia (including Vancouver)
      1. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki ****
      2. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (& Pacific Northwest)
      3. The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
      4. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
      5. Tell It to the Trees by Anita Rau Badami
      6. The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee
      7. Y by Marjorie Celona
      8. The Boat People by Sharon Bala
      9. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
      10. The Age by Nancy Lee
      11. The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
      12. Shelter by Frances Greenslade
    4. Manitoba
      1. The River: A Novel by Peter Heller
      2. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
      3. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
    5. New Brunswick
      1. Letters from Helen: A Canadian Student in Germany on the Eve of the Great War by Helen Vanwart
      2. The Birthday Lunch by Joan Clark ***
    6. Newfoundland & Labrador
      1. Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
      2. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
      3. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
      4. The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston (also New York)
      5. The Innocents by Michael Crummey
      6. Sweetland by Michael Crummey
      7. River Thieves: A Novel by Michael Crummey
      8. The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
      9. The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami by Linden MacIntyre
      10. Death on the Ice: The Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914 by Cassie Brown
      11. Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter
      12. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
      13. Kit’s Law by Donna Morrissey
      14. Whirl Away: Stories by Russell Wangersky
      15. Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome by Megan Gail Coles
      16. Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
      17. Wild Pieces: Stories by Catherine Hogan Safer
      18. Cloud of Bone by Bernice Morgan
      19. February by Lisa Moore
      20. A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat
      21. The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat
      22. Part of the Main by Peter Neary & Patrick O’Flaherty
      23. Lament for an Ocean by Michael Harris
    7. Northwest Territories
      1. Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
    8. Nova Scotia
      1. When the Saints by Sarah Mian ****
      2. In the Field by Claire Tacon *****
      3. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
      4. The Museum Guard by Howard Norman
      5. My Famous Evening by Howard Norman
      6. The Birth House by Ami McKay
      7. Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada Fodor’s Travel ****
    9. Ontario (including Toronto & Ottowa)
      1. China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry by Judy Fong Bates ****
      2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Michigan) ****
      3. A Good House by Bonnie Burnard
      4. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
      5. Lost Geography by Charlotte Bacon
      6. Garbo Laughs by Elizabeth Hay
      7. Unless by Carol Shields ****
      8. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
      9. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
      10. That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung
      11. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
      12. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
      13. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
    10. Prince Edward Island
      1. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery (Kindle) ****
      2. Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2) by L.M. Montgomery
      3. Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by L.M. Montgomery
      4. The Blue Moth Motel by Olivia Robinson
    11. Quebec
      1. The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
      2. Ru by Kim Thúy
    12. Saskatchewan
      1. A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay ****
  33. Central African Republic
  34. Chad
  35. Chile
    1. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
    2. Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende
    3. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
    4. My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
    5. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    6. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (& Guatemala & Brazil)
    7. Cape Horn and Other Stories from the End of the World by Francisco Coloane
    8. The Obscene Bird of Night by José Donoso
    9. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read
    10. Travels in a Thin Country by Sarah Wheeler
    11. The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernández
  36. China
    1. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang *****
    2. Waiting by Ha Jin *****
    3. The Crazed by Ha Jin ***
    4. A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin
    5. A Song Everlasting by Ha Jin
    6. Red Azalea by Anchee Min ****
    7. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan ****
    8. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan ****
    9. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Saijie ****
    10. China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry by Judy Fong Bates ****
    11. Cries in the Drizzle by Yu Hua ****
    12. A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones ****
    13. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See *****
    14. Peony in Love by Lisa See ****
    15. China Dolls by Lisa See **
    16. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
    17. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (China Trilogy #1) by Peter Hessler (Kindle) ****
    18. Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream by John Derbyshire **
    19. Monkey Hunting by Cristina García
    20. My Last Empress by Da Chen (Kindle)
    21. Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen (Kindle)
    22. The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1) by Pearl S. Buck (Kindle)
    23. Sons (House of Earth, #2) by Pearl S. Buck
    24. A House Divided (House of Earth #3) by Pearl S. Buck
    25. The Mother by Pearl S. Buck
    26. Kinfolk by Pearl S. Buck
    27. Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
    28. Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck
    29. East Wind: West Wind by Pearl S. Buck
    30. Peony by Pearl S. Buck
    31. Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck
    32. Three Daughters of Madame Liang by Pearl S. Buck
    33. The Promise by Pearl S. Buck
    34. Frontiers of Heaven: A Journey to the End of China by Stanley Stewart
    35. Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley
    36. Little Gods by Ling Jen
    37. China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford
    38. Coming Home Crazy: An Alphabet of China Essays by Bill Holm
    39. Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China by Ian Johnson
    40. Six Records of a Floating Life by Shěn Fù
    41. God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan by Jonathan D. Spence
    42. A Single Pebble by John Hersey
    43. Red Dust: A Path Through China by Ma Jian
    44. Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian, Mabel Lee (Translator)
    45. The Leavers by Lisa Ko (also New York)
    46. The Vagrants by Xiyun Li
    47. A Map for the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang
    48. Beijing
      1. The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed by Michael Meyer
    49. Hong Kong
      1. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee *****
      2. The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee *****
      3. On Java Road by Lawrence Osborne
    50. Shanghai
      1. The Binding Chair or, a Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society by Kathryn Harrison ****
      2. Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng
      3. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro (also London)
      4. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  37. Colombia
    1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez *****
    2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez ****
    3. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
    4. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
    5. The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel (Cuba & Florida) ****
    6. Infinite Country: A Novel by Patricia Engel
    7. The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
    8. Oblivion by Héctor Abad Faciolince
    9. The Armies by Evelio Rosero
    10. Return to the Dark Valley by Santiago Gamboa
    11. Delirium by Laura Restrepo
    12. The Dark Bride by Laura Restrepo
    13. Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
    14. Misspelled Paradise by Bryanna Plog
    15. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
    16. Colombiano by Rusty Young
    17. Bolívar: American Liberator by Marie Arana
    18. The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself by David Bushnell
    19. At the Devil’s Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel by William C. Rempel
    20. Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden
    21. There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
    22. Colombia: A Concise Contemporary History by Michael J. LaRosa
    23. One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest by Wade Davis
    24. Short Walks from Bogotá: Journeys in the New Colombia by Tom Feiling
    25. The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia by Michael Jacobs
    26. Lonely Planet Colombia 9 (Travel Guides) by Jade Bremner ****
  38. Comoros
  39. Democratic Republic of the Congo
    1. No Mercy: A Journey to the Heart of the Congo by Redmond O’Hanlon
  40. Republic of the Congo
    1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver *****
  41. Costa Rica
    1. Moon Costa Rica by Nikki Solano ****
    2. Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, Ed. by Barbara Ras
    3. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond (& San Francisco, CA) ****
    4. Monkeys are Made of Chocolate: Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica by Jack Ewing ****
    5. Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, & Living the Zero Hour Work Week by Nadine Hays Pisani ****
    6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    7. The Lost World by Michael Crichton
    8. The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica by Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz & Richard Biesanz
    9. The Best Short Stories of Quince Duncan by Quince Duncan
    10. A Beach House to Die For by K.C. Ames
    11. See Before You Die: Costa Rica by J.E. Leigh
    12. The Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio
    13. It’s Every Monkey for Themselves: A True Story of Sex, Love and Lies in the Jungle by Vanessa Woods
  42. Cote d’Ivoire
  43. Croatia (& Slovenia) (past and present)
    1. The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna *****
    2. The Sound of Blue by Holly Payne ***
    3. Girl at War by Sara Nović ****
    4. The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic ****
    5. The Stone Fields: Love and Death in the Balkans by Courtney Angela Brkic ****
    6. Stillness: And Other Stories by Courtney Angela Brkic
    7. Chasing a Croatian Girl: A Survivor’s Tale by Cody McClain Brown ****
    8. Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia by Jennifer Wilson ***
    9. A Traveller’s History of Croatia by Benjamin Curtis ****
    10. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
    11. Cafe Europa: Life After Communism by Slavenka Drakulić ****
    12. The Balkan Express: Fragments from the Other Side of War by Slavenka Drakulić (Essays)
    13. How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulić
    14. They Would Never Hurt a Fly by Slavenka Drakulić
    15. Balkan Ghosts by Robert Kaplan
    16. On the Edge of Reason by Miroslav Krleža
    17. April Fool’s Day by Josip Novakovich
    18. Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust by Josip Novakovich
    19. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešlić
    20. Fording the Stream of Consciousness by Dubravka Ugrešlić
    21. Zagreb, Exit South by Edo Popović
    22. Escape from Despair by Katarina Tepesh
    23. Every Day, Every Hour by Natasa Dragnic
    24. Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends by Lonnie Johnson
    25. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West (definitive travelogue of Yugoslav Islands between two World Wars)
    26. Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation by Laura Silber and Allan Little
  44. Cuba
    1. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd by Ana Menéndez ****
    2. La Americana (memoir) by Melanie Bowder Simón
    3. Cuba & the Night by Pico Iyer
    4. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
    5. Monkey Hunting by Cristina García
    6. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García
    7. The Agüero Sisters by Cristina García
    8. Love & Ruin by Paula McLain (& Madrid)
    9. The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel (Colombia & Florida) ****
    10. The Sugar Island by Ivonne Lamazares
    11. The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times by Anthony DePalma
    12. Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra
    13. Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
    14. Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos M.N. Eire
  45. Cyprus
    1. The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
  46. Czech Republic
    1. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
    2. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
    3. The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvorecky
    4. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
    5. The Last Bohemians by Kit Kimberly
    6. Between the Woods and the Water (Trilogy #2) by Patrick Leigh Fermor
    7. Mendelssohn is on the Roof by Jiří Weil
    8.  Prague
      1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera ****
      2. All That Man Is by David Szalay
      3. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
      4. Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright
      5. Prague Winter by Nikolaus Martin
  47. Denmark
    1. The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan
    2. The Arc of the Swallow by Sissel-Jo Gazan
    3. The Boy In the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis (Kindle)
      1. Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
    5. Faroe Islands
  48. Djibouti
  49. Dominica
  50. Dominican Republic
    1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
    2. In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez
    3. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
    4. Let it Rain Coffee by Angie Cruz
    5. Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda (& New York, California)
  51. Ecuador
    1. The Panama Hat Trail by Tom Miller ****
    2. the queen of water: a novel based on a true story by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango (YA) ****
    3. America Was Hard to Find by Kathleen Alcott *
    4. Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador by Judy Blankenship ****
    5. Our House in the Clouds: Building a Second Life in the Andes of Ecuador by Judy Blankenship ****
    6. The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepúlveda ****
    7. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
    8. The Farm on the River of Emeralds by Moritz Thomsen *****
    9. Pieces of My Life by Rachel Dann
    10. Villa Pacifica by Kapka Kassabova
    11. The Amnesia Clinic by James Scudamore
    12. City on the Ledge by Philip Kraske
    13. The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (+ Columbia + Venezuela)
    14. Fool’s Gold by P.J. Skinner
    15. Huasipungo: The Villagers by Jorge Icaza
    16. Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World by Larrie D. Ferreiro
    17. Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands by Regis St. Louis ****
    18. Galápagos Islands
      1. Enchanted Islands by Allison Amand ***
      2. Plundering Paradise: The Hand of Man on the Galápagos Islands by Michael D’Orso ****
      3. Floreana by Margret Whittmer
      4. The Evolution of Jane by Cathleen Schine
      5. To the Edge of the World by Harry Thompson
      6. Mr. Darwin’s Shooter by Roger McDonald
      7. The Origin of Murder by Jerold Last
      8. Galápagos Regained by James K. Morrow
      9. The Voyage of the Beagle: Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World by Charles Darwin (intro. by Steve Jones)
      10. Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
      11. The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
      12. The Origin: A Biographical Novel of Charles Darwin by Irving Stone
  52. Egypt
    1. The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Afghanistan, New York) *****
    2. Café on the Nile by Bartle Bull
    3. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
    4. Gazelle by Rikki Ducornet
    5. The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton
    6. The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer
    7. Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney
    8. The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif
    9. A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib
    10. The Teacher of Cheops by Albert Salvadó
    11. The Night Manager by John le Carré (also The Bahamas)
    12. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
    13. Lifting the Veil: Two Centuries of Travelers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt by Anthony Sattin
    14. The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
    15. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
    16. The October Horse: A Novel of Caesar and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome #6) by Colleen McCullough
    17. The Yacoubian Building by Alla al Aswany
    18. The Cheapest Nights by Yusuf Idris
    19. The Collar and the Bracelet by Yahya Taher Abdullah
    20. The Trench by Abdul Rahman Munif
    21. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
    22. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
    23. A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib
    24. The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel by Margaret George
    25. Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak by Tarek Osman
  53. El Salvador
    1. Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
    2. La Diáspora by Horacio Castellanos Moya
    3. Bitter Grounds by Sandra Benitez
    4. The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux
    5. The Massacre at El Mozote by Mark Danner
    6. Breaking Lorca by Giles Blunt
  54. Equatorial Guinea
    1. By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
    2. Shadows of Your Black Memory by Donato Ndongo
  55. Eritrea
    1. Towards Asmara by Thomas Keneally (& Ethiopia)
  56. Estonia
    1. The Death of the Perfect Sentence by Rein Raud
  57. Ethiopia
    1. Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia by Tim Bascom ****
    2. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Kindle)
    3. There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene (Kindle)
    4. In Praise of Savagery by Warwick Cairns (Kindle)
    5. The Shadow King By Maaza Mengiste
    6. The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuściński
    7. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
    8. The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant by Graham Hancock
    9. Notes from the Hyena’s Belly by Nega Mezlekia
    10. The Unfortunate Marriage of Azeb Yitades by Nega Mezlekia
    11. In Search of King Solomon’s Mines by Tahir Shah
    12. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
    13. The Chains of Heaven by Philip Marsden
    14. The Barefoot Emperor: An Ethiopian Tragedy by Philip Marsden
    15. The Abyssinian by Jean-Christophe Rufin
    16. Held at a Distance by Rebecca G. Haile
    17. The Storyteller’s Beads by Jane Kurtz
    18. In Ethiopia with a Mule by Dervla Murphy
    19. Eating the Flowers of Paradise by Kevin Rushby
    20. Remote People by Evelyn Waugh
    21. Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh
    22. The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope by Catherine Hamlin and John Little
    23. Towards Asmara by Thomas Keneally (& Eritrea)
    24. Addis Ababa
      1. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste *****
  58. Republic of Fiji
  59. Finland
    1. The Railroad by Juhani Aho
    2. Juha by Juhani Aho
    3. The Maid Silja: The History of the Last Offshoot of an Old Family Tree by Frans Emil Sillanpää
    4. Unknown Soldiers by Väinö Linna
    5. The Winter War by Philip Teir
    6. The Summer House by Philip Teir
    7. The Manila Rope by Veijo Meri
    8. The Most Dangerous Game by Gavin Lyall
    9. The Parson’s Widow by Marja Liisa Vartio
    10. The Wednesday Club by Kjell Westö
    11. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
    12. Art in Nature by Tove Jansson
    13. The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
    14. Fair Play by Tove Jansson
    15. The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
    16. The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna
    17. Manrape by Märta Tikkanen
    18. A Fool’s Paradise by Anita Konkka
    19. My First Murder (Maria Kallio #1) by Leena Lehtolainen
    20. The Girl in Gray by Annette Lyon
    21. Ellen’s Song by Ben Kalland
    22. The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
    23. Norma by Sofi Oksanen
    24. The Girl and the Bomb (Metro-Trilogia #1) by Jar Järvelä
  60. France
    1. Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull ****
    2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr *****
    3. The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in the South of France by Carol Drinkwater ***
    4. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle ****
    5. A Walk Across France by Miles Morland ****
    6. Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert *****
    7. On Pilgrimage by Jennifer Lash (also Spain) *****
    8. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart ****
    9. Running in Place: Scenes from the South of France by Nicholas Delbanco
    10. In the Company of Angels by N.M. Kelby (also Belgium)
    11. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
    12. The Looking Glass by Michèle Roberts (Normandy)
    13. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein DNF
    14. Akin by Emma Donoghue DNF
    15. The Treasure of Montsegur by Sophy Burnham
    16. Massacre at Montségur: A History of the Albigensian Crusade by Zoé Oldenbourg
    17. Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup
    18. Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
    19. Paris out of hand {a wayward guide} by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
    20. Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange
    21. Paris Chic & Trendy by Adrienne Ribes-Tiphaine (all in French)
    22. The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel
    23. A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe (also Vietnam)
    24. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway (WWI)
    25. Getting Lost by Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translation)
    26. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
    27. The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
    28. Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France by Craig Carlson
    29. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheen
    30. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell
    31. The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy
    32. Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
    33. A Paris All Your Own, edited by Eleanor Brown
    34. Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar
    35. Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay
    36. All the Lights Above Us by M.B. Henry
    37. ANTILLES ISLANDS in Caribbean
      1. Guadeloupe (Leeward Islands)
        1. Victoire: My Mother’s Mother by Maryse Condé
      2. Martinique (Windward Islands), Collectivity of Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy
    38. French Guiana
    39. French Polynesia
      1. Tahiti
        1. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (Kindle) (Philadelphia & World)
    40. Mayotte & Réunion
  61. Gabon
  62. Gambia
  63. Georgia
  64. Germany
    1. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa ****
    2. Stones from the River (Burgdorf Cycle #1) by Ursula Hegi ****
    3. The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
    4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Kindle)
    5. The Good German by Joseph Kanon
    6. Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
    7. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
    8. Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
    9. A Time of Gifts (Trilogy #1) by Patrick Leigh Fermor (& Austria, Hungary)
    10. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1) by Heather Morris
    11. Cilka’s Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #2) by Heather Morris
    12. The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff (Poland. Italy.)
    13. Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas (Pseudonym), Wiebke Lorenz, Alison Layland (Translator)
    14. Travelers by Helon Habila
    15. Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly (also Poland, Paris, NY)
    16. A Traveller’s History of Germany by Robert Cole
    17. The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans
  65. Ghana
    1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  66. Greece
    1. Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières *****
    2. Eleni by Nicholas Gage *****
    3. Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens by Sofka Zinovieff ****
    4. When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon ***
    5. The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir by Tom Stone *****
    6. It’s All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina — and Real Greeks by John Mole ****
    7. Little Infamies: Stories by Panos Karnezis ****
    8. Odyssey with the Goddess: A Spiritual Quest in Crete by Carol P. Christ ****
    9. Café Tempest by Barbara Bonfigli (Kindle) **
    10. Scorpionfish by Natalie Bakopoulos ****
    11. The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell
    12. A House in Corfu by Emma Tennant (Kindle)
    13. Xenos by David A. Ross (Kindle)
    14. Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece by Patricia Storace (Kindle)
    15. North of Ithaka by Eleni N. Gage (Kindle)
    16. Outline by Rachel Cusk
    17. The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier (Crete. Tunisia. Algeria. Turkey.)
    18. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (& Turkey. Greece.)
    19. A Separation by Katie Kitamura
    20. Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne
    21. The Olive Grove: Travels in Greece by Katherine Kizilos
    22. Corfu by Robert Dessaix
  67. Grenada
  68. Guatemala
    1. Hummingbird House by Patricia Henley ****
    2. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (& Chile & Brazil)
  69. Guinea
  70. Guinea-Bissau
  71. Guyana
  72. Haiti
    1. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
    2. The Roving Tree by Elsie Augustave
    3. The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake by Danny Laferrière
  73. Honduras
    1. The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
    2. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
  74. Hungary
    1. The Swimmer by Zsuzsa Bánk
    2. Budapest
      1. Prague by Arthur Phillips
      2. The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes
      3. A Time of Gifts (Trilogy #1) by Patrick Leigh Fermor (& Germany, Austria)
  75. Iceland
    1. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent *****
    2. Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason
    3. A Fist or a Heart by Kristín Eiríksdóttir, Larissa Kyzer (Translator)
    4. The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea
    5. The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
  76. India
    1. The God of Small Things by  Arundhati Roy *****
    2. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
    3. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni *****
    4. Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni ***
    5. Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    6. The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri *****
    7. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (& Boston) ***
    8. The Romantics by Pankaj Mishra ****
    9. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster *****
    10. The Color of Our Sky: A Novel by Amita Trasi ***
    11. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga **
    12. Gandhi’s Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi by Stanley Wolpert ****
    13. behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo
    14. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
    15. Flash House by Aimee Liu
    16. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (Kindle)
    17. The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob (& Seattle & New Mexico)
    18. Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
    19. The Caretaker by A.X. Ahmad
    20. Sharmila’s Book by Bharti Kirchner
    21. Shiva Dancing by Bharti Kirchner
    22. The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
    23. The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
    24. Honor by Thrity Umrigar
    25. A Burning by Megha Majumdar
    26. A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
    27. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
    28. As Sweet as Honey by Indira Ganesan
    29. Everything was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran
    30. The Abundance by Amit Majmudar (also Midwest USA)
    31. The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
    32. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
    33. Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan
    34. Varanasi
      1. Sister India by Peggy Payne ***
  77. Indonesia
    1. The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher J. Koch
    2. The End of October by Lawrence Wright (& Atlanta, GA)
    3. Bali
      1. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert *****
      2. All the Lives We Never Lived by Anurdaha Roy
      3. The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman
      4. Bali Daze by Cat Wheeler
      5. A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint
      6. The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke
      7. A House in Bali by Colin McPhee
      8. Love and Death in Bali by Vicky Baum
      9. Under the Volcano: A Story of Bali by Cameron Forbes
      10. Balilicious by Becky Wicks
      11. A Little Bit One O’Clock: Living With a Balinese Family by William Ingram
      12. Snowing in Bali by Kathryn Bonella
      13. Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morrison
      14. The Painted Alphabet by Diana Darling
      15. Fragrant Rice by Janet de Neefe
      16. A Patch of Paradise by Gaia Grant
      17. Bali: A Paradise Created by Adrian Vickers
      18. Troppo by Madelaine Dickie
      19. Island of Demons by Nigel Barley
      20. Living in Bali (photos) by Retro Guntli
      21. At Home in Bali (photos) by Made Wijaya
  78. Iran
    1. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi ****
    2. Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody
    3. The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran by Sigrid Fry-Revere
    4. Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran by Jason Elliot
    5. The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America by Kenneth M. Pollack
    6. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri
    7. Refuge by Dina Nayeri
    8. The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri
    9. Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuściński
    10. To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari
  79. Iraq
    1. Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter’s Escape from Iraqi Vengeance by Jean Sasson ****
    2. Mayada: Daughter of Iraq by Jean Sasson
    3. a sky so close by Betool Khedairi
    4. Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar
    5. The Bird Tattoo by Dunya Mikhail
    6. Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq by Farnaz Fassihi
    7. The Baghdad Clock by Shahad al Rawi
    8. When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson
  80. Ireland
    1. In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French ****
    2. The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2) by Tana French *****
    3. Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3) by Tana French (Mike didn’t care for this one)
    4. Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad #4) by Tana French
    5. The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French *****
    6. The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6) by Tana French ****
    7. The Witch Elm by Tana French
    8. The Searcher by Tana French
    9. the all of it by Jeannette Haien ***
    10. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt #1) by Frank McCourt ****
    11. Tara Road by Maeve Binchy *****
    12. Evening Class by Maeve Binchy ****
    13. Dubliners by James Joyce
    14. Ulysses by James Joyce
    15. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    16. Border Crossings by Carole Bellacera
    17. Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman by Nuala O’Faolain
    18. As It Is in Heaven by Niall Williams (also a bit in Venice, Italy) ****
    19. This Is Happiness by Niall Williams
    20. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    21. A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume
    22. When All Is Said by Anne Griffin
    23. Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donohue
    24. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
    25. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
  81. Israel
    1. the light we lost by Jill Stanopolo
    2. To the End of the Land by David Grossman * (my husband’s rating after he gave up on the book)
    3. From a Sealed Room by Rachel Kadish (?)
  82. Italy
    1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert *****
    2. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner *****
    3. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway *****
    4. The Miracles of Santo Fico by D.L. Smith ****
    5. The Fall of a Sparrow by Robert Hellenga *****
    6. The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga
    7. The Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga
    8. An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser ****
    9. Born Twice by Giuseppe Ponliggia ***
    10. The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian *****
    11. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (& Hollywood. Sandpoint, ID. Edinburgh.) ****
    12. Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior
    13. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
    14. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
    15. A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
    16. Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
    17. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
    18. My Brilliant Friend (The Neopolitan Novels, #1) by Elena Ferrante
    19. The Story of a New Name (The Neopolitan Novels, #2) by Elena Ferrante
    20. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neopolitan Novels, #3) by Elena Ferrante
    21. The Story of the Lost Child (The Neopolitan Novels, #4) by Elena Ferrante
    22. The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
    23. The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
    24. One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle (Kindle)
    25. Love & Gelato (Love & Gelato #1) by Jenna Evans Welch
    26. Love & Luck (Love & Gelato #2) by Jenna Evans Welch
    27. Love & Olives (Love & Gelato #3) by Jenna Evans Welch
    28. A Harvest of Secrets by Roland Merullo
    29. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
    30. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
    31. From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home by Tembi Locke
    32. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris
    33. Finding Myself in Puglia: A Journey of Self-Discovery Under the Warm Southern Italian Sun by Laine B. Brown
    34. Naked (in Italy): A Memoir About the Pitfalls of La Dolce Vita by M.E. Evans
    35. Revamp: a Memoir of Travel and Obsessive Renovation by Pamela Reynolds
    36. Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center by Michelle Damiani
    37. Solo in Salento by Donna Keel Armer
    38. The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton
    39. Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst
    40. Summer at the Lake by Erica James
    41. The Homecoming Party by Carmine Abate
    42. From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus
    43. The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
    44. Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year by Carlo Levi
    45. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
    46. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    47. A Room with a View by E.M Forster
    48. Vila Triste by Lucretia Grindle
    49. The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria by Marlena de Blasi
    50. The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi
    51. Lost Hearts in Italy by Andrea Lee
    52. Extra Virgin (Italy Series, #1) by Annie Hawes
    53. The Villa in Italy (A Vintage Mystery) by Elizabeth Edmonson
    54. Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker
    55. A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani
    56. All This Talk of Love: A Novel by Christopher Castellani
    57. Been Here a Thousand Years by Mariolina Venezia, Marina Harss (Translator)
    58. A Chill in the Air by Iris Origo
    59. Italy Out of Hand: A Capricious Tour by Barbara Hodgson
    60. A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, translated by Ann Goldstein
    61. A Traveller’s History of Italy by Valerio Lintner
    62. The Italian Alps
      1. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
    63. Florence
      1. The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga
      2. Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces by Robert Clark
      3. Oil and Marble: a Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey
    64. Rome
      1. Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr ****
    65. Sicily
      1. Siracusa by Delia Ephron ****
      2. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (Tante Poldi #1) by Mario Giordano ****
      3. That Summer in Sicily by Marlena de Blasi
      4. The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano, #1) by Andrea Camilleri
      5. A House in Sicily by Daphne Phelps
    66. Tuscany
      1. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen ****
      2. My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith (Montalcino)
      3. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes ****
      4. Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes ***
      5. Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes
      6. See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes
      7. A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure (Italian Memoirs) by Marlena de Blasi **
      8. Home to Italy by Peter Pezzelli
      9. That Month in Tuscany by Inglath Cooper
      10. The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
      11. A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar
      12. Vanilla Beans & Brodo: Real Life in the Hills of Tuscany by Isabella Dusi * (DNF)
    67. Venice
      1. As It Is in Heaven by Niall Williams (mostly in Ireland) ****
      2. The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen
      3. The City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt
      4. A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi
      5. Venice by Jan Morris
      6. Venice: Pure City by Peter Ackroyd
      7. Venice Travel Guide 2023 by Stuart Hartley
    68. Via Francigena
      1. Pilgrim Route: Walking the Via Francigena Part 3 Lucca to Rome by Sandy Brown ****
      2. A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of Faith by Timothy Egan ****
      3. Via Francigena: A Tuscan Pilgrimage Lucca to Rome by Carla Mackey ***
      4. Walking to Rome: Preparing and Packing for the Tuscan Via Francigena by Ryan Tandler
      5. Return to Glow: A Pilgrimage of Transformation in Italy by Chandi Wyant
  83. Jamaica
    1. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
    2. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    3. Gloria by Kerry Young
    4. Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
  84. Japan
    1. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata ***
    2. Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata (Kindle)
    3. The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd ****
    4. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki ****
    5. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden ****
    6. The Floating World by Cynthia Gralla
    7. The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
    8. Silence by Shūsaku Endō
    9. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Kindle)
    10. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (Kindle)
    11. The Lake by Banana Yosimoto (Kindle)
    12. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (Kindle)
    13. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
    14. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Isiguro
    15. The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
    16. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
    17. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    18. Breasts and Eggs: A Novel by Mieko Kawakami
    19. Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel by Yu Miri
    20. The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns
    21. At the End of the Matinee by Keiichiro Hirano
    22. The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami ****
    23. The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
    24. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata ****
    25. The Inland Sea by Donald Richie
    26. An I-Novel by Minae Mizumura
    27. Night Boat by Alan Spence
    28. Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir by Elizabeth Miki Brina
    29. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon
    30. Malice: A Mystery (The Kyochiro Kaga Series, 1) by Keigo Higashino
    31. The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe
    32. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Arikawa Hiro
    33. The Little House by Kyoko Nakajima
    34. The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda
    35. A Traveller’s History of Japan by Richard L. Tames
    36. The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
    37. Hiroshima
      1. Hiroshima by John Hersey *****
      2. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
      3. The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard DNF (didn’t care for the writing)
    38. Kyoto
      1. The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer *****
    39. Tokyo
      1. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto ****
      2. Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto ****
      3. Territory of Light: A Novel by Yuko Tsushima
      4. Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (Kindle)
    40. Shikoku Pilgrimage
      1. The 88 Temples of Shikoku: A Guide for the Walking Pilgrim by Oliver Dunskus
      2. Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide by Buyodo Co. Ltd.
      3. The Way of the 88 Temples: Journey on the Shikoku Pilgrimage by Robert S. Sibley
      4. Walking with Buddha: Pilgrimage on the Shikoku 88-Temple Trail by C.W. Lockhart
      5. Walking in Circles: Finding Happiness in Lost Japan by Todd Wassel
  85. Jordan
    1. West of the Jordan by Laila Halaby (Kindle)
    2. Live from Jordan: Letters Home from My Journey Through the Middle East by Benjamin Orbach (Kindle)
    3. The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon
    4. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Thomas Edward Lawrence
    5. Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen
    6. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
    7. Cities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif
    8. Story of a City: A Childhood in Amman by Abdul Rahman Munif
    9. Forbidden Love by Norma Khouri
    10. The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
    11. The Cry of the Dove by Fadia Faqir
    12. Willow Trees Don’t Weep by Fadia Faqir
    13. Staircase of a Thousand Steps by Masha Hamilton
    14. Shepherd of Solitude: Selected Poems 1979-2004 by Amjad Nasser
    15. Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
    16. Desert Skies, Rebel Souls by M P Tonnesen (also Egypt & Israel)
  86. Kazakhstan
    1. The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, Andrew Bromfield (translator)
  87. Kenya
    1. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain *****
    2. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen *****
    3. I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallmann ****
    4. The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans
    5. Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marciano
    6. The Fall of Saints by Wanjiku wa Ngugi
    7. Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
    8. Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
    9. Safari Style, Ed. Angelika Taschen
  88. Kiribati
  89. Kosovo
  90. Kuwait
  91. Kyrgyzstan
  92. Laos
    1. The Edge of Tomorrow by Thomas A. Dooley, M.D.
    2. Shooting at the Moon: The Story of America’s Clandestine War in Laos by Roger Warner
    3. Crescent Moon Over Laos by Mark Boyter
    4. Another Quiet American by Brett Dakin
    5. Love Began in Laos: The Story of an Extraordinary Life by Penelope Khounta
    6. The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
    7. Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill
    8. Ant Egg Soup: The Adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos by Natacha Du Pont De Bie
    9. One Foot in Laos by Dervla Murphy
    10. Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
    11. I Little Slave: A Prison Memoir from Communist Laos by Bounsang Khamkeo
    12. Stalking the Elephant Kings: In Search of Laos by Christopher Kremmer
    13. The Merit Birds by Kelley Powell
    14. Here There are Tigers: The Secret Air War in Laos, 1968-69 by Reginald Hathorn
    15. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
  93. Latvia
  94. Lebanon
    1. Jasmine & Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut by Salma Abdelnour
    2. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  95. Lesotho
  96. Liberia
  97. Libya
    1. In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
    2. The Return by Hisham Matar
  98. Liechtenstein
  99. Lithuania
  100. Luxembourg
  101. Macedonia
  102. Madagascar
  103. Malawi
  104. Malaysia
    1. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
    2. Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
  105. Maldives
    1. Gatecrashing Paradise: Misadventures in the Real Maldives by Tom Chesshyre
    2. Mad Love by Colet Abedi
    3. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
    4. The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis
    5. A Maldives Adventure by Naomi Davies
    6. Maldives Musings by Liz Banks
    7. Swimming with Sharks by Anna Legat
    8. The Love Island Bookshop by Kate Frost
    9. Murder in Maldives by Sanchita Sarin
  106. Mali
    1. Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badkhen
  107. Malta
    1. The Jukebox Queen of Malta by Nicholas M. Rinaldi
  108. Marshall Islands
  109. Mauritania
  110. Mauritius
    1. The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
  111. Mexico
    1. All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy #1) by Cormac McCarthy ****
    2. The Crossing (The Border Trilogy #2) by Cormac McCarthy
    3. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
    4. In the Casa Azul: A Novel of Revolution and Betrayal by Meaghan Delahunt
    5. Feathered Serpent by Colin Falconer
    6. The Years with Laura Díaz by Carlos Fuentes
    7. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (also North Carolina and D.C.)
    8. Mexicasa: The Enchanting Inns and Haciendas of Mexico, Photos by Melba Levick, Text by Gina Hyams
    9. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    10. Night of the Radishes by Sandra Benítez ***
    11. Costalegre by Courtney Maum
    12. Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
    13. Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
  112. Micronesia
  113. Moldova
  114. Monaco
  115. Mongolia
    1. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (& Mongolia)
  116. Montenegro
  117. Morocco
    1. The Time in Between by Maria Duenas (also known as The Seamstress) *****
    2. The Tattooed Map by Barbara Hodgson ****
    3. Tangerine by Christine Mangan ****
    4. The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne *****
    5. Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir, Michèle Fitoussi ****
    6. Travels with a Tangerine: From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam’s Greatest Traveler by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
    7. The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley
    8. The Sand Child by Tahar Ben Jelloun
    9. A Palace in the Old Village by Tahar Ben Jelloun
    10. This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
    11. Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatema Mernissi
    12. Beyond the Veil by Fatima Mernissi
    13. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
    14. Secret Son: A Novel by Laila Lalami
    15. The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy
    16. The Saffron Gate by Linda Holeman
    17. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
    18. The Spider’s House by Paul Bowles
    19. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    20. For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri
    21. In Morocco by Edith Wharton (1920)
    22. Fez
      1. A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke
    23. Marrakesh
      1. The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit by Elias Canetti
      2. A Year in Marrakesh by Peter Mayne
    24. Casablanca
      1. The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah
      2. In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah ****
    25. Tangier
      1. Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun ***
      2. The Tangier Diaries by John Hopkins
      3. Tangier: A Literary Guide for Travelers by Josh Shoemake (2013)
      4. Tangier by Steven Holgate
    26. DESIGN
      1. new Moroccan Style: The Art of Sensual Living by Susan Sully
      2. Moroccan Style by Alexandra Bonfante-Warren
      3. Moorish Style by Miles Danby
      4. Moroccan Interiors by Lisa Lovatt-Smith
  118. Mozambique
  119. Myanmar (Burma)
    1. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker ****
    2. The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
    3. Smile as They Bow by Nu Nu Yi
    4. Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
    5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (also Thailand, Japan, Australia)
  120. Namibia
  121. Nauru
  122. Nepal
    1. The Guru of Love by Samrat Upadhyay *****
    2. Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay *****
    3. The Royal Ghosts: stories by Samrat Upadhyay
    4. Mad Country by Samrat Upadhyay
    5. Buddha’s Orphans by Samrat Upadhyay
    6. The City Son by Samrat Upadhyay
    7. New Nepal, New Voices: An Anthology of Short Stories, ed. by Sushma Joshi ****
    8. City of Ghosts by Johanna Stoberock
    9. The Memory of Leaves by Manan Karki (Kindle)
    10. Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East by Pico Iyer (travel essays from many countries)
    11. House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing About Nepal
    12. The Tutor of History by Manjushree Thapa
    13. Forget Kathmandu by Manjushree Thapa
    14. Tilled Earth: Stories by Manjushree Thapa
    15. Kathmandu by Thomas Bell
    16. While the Gods Were Sleeping by Elizabeth Enslin
    17. Thamel, Dark Star of Kathmandu by Rabi Thapa
    18. Battles of the New Republic by Prashant Jha
    19. The Living Goddess by Isabella Tree
    20. The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Story of Nepal’s Maoist Revolution by Aditya Adhikari
    21. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
    22. Mustang: A Lost Tibetan Kingdom by Michel Peissel
    23. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
    24. The Waiting Land by Dervla Murphy
    25. Escape from Kathmandu by Kim Stanley Robinson
    26. Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery by Jennifer S. Alderson
    27. Notes of a Native Traveler: Nepal and Thailand by Jennifer S. Alderson
    28. Shopping for Buddhas by Jeff Greenwald
    29. Life and Death on Mt. Everest by Sherry Ortner
    30. True Summit by David Roberts
    31. Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage Through the Himalayas by Sienna Craig
    32. The Kingdom by Clive Cussler
    33. Palpasa Café by Narayan Wagle
    34. Bones of the Tiger: Protecting the Man-eaters of Nepal by Hemanta Mishra and Jim Ottaway Jr.
    35. The Soul of the Rhino by Bruce Babbitt and Jim Fowler
    36. Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees by Thomas Hale Jr.
    37. On the Far Side of Liglig Mountain: The Adventures of an American Family in Nepal by Thomas Hale Jr.
    38. Massacre at the Palace: The Doomed Royal Dynasty of Nepal by Jonathan Gregson
    39. Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas by Jamaica Kincaid
    40. Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal by Geoff Childs
    41. Annapurna: A Woman’s Place by Arlene Blum
    42. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
  123. Netherlands
    1. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier *****
    2. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
    3. Amsterdam
      1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ****
      2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank *****
      3. The Fall by Albert Camus
      4. The Evenings by Gerard Reve
      5. The Dinner by Herman Koch
      6. The Laws by Connie Palman
      7. An Empty House by Marga Minco
      8. Molenbeekstraat by Ernst Jansz
      9. Last Call by Harry Mulisch
    4. The Hague
      1. Intimacies by Katie Kitamura *****
    5. Sint Maarten, Aruba, Curaçao
  124. New Zealand
    1. Rain by Kirsty Gunn
    2. All This by Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan
    3. Let the River Stand by Vincent O’Sullivan
  125. Nicaragua
    1. The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love & War by Gioconda Belli *****
    2. The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey by Salman Rushdie ***
    3. Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer *****
    4. The Ladies of Managua by Eleni N. Gage (Kindle) ***
    5. Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle by Thomas W. Walker
    6. Fire from the Mountain by Omar Cabezas
    7. Lonely Planet Nicaragua ****
  126. Niger
  127. Nigeria
    1. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré ****
    2. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    3. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    4. An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
    5. Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay
    6. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    7. Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
    8. You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka
    9. Political Spider and Other Stories, ed. Ulli Beier
    10. The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
    11. Efuru by Flora Nwapa
    12. The Palm-Wine Drinkard & My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
    13. Pauper, Brawler and Slanderer by Amos Tutuola
    14. The Secret Lives of Babi Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
    15. Love Is Power, or Something Like That: Stories by A. Igoni Barrett
    16. Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole
    17. Oil on Water by Helon Habila
    18. Travelers by Helon Habila
    19. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
    20. Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
    21. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
    22. The Concubine by Elechi Amadi
  128. North Korea
    1. The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee
    2. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
  129. Norway
    1. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
    2. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah
  130. Oman
    1. My Year in Oman: An American Experience in Arabia During the War on Terror by Matthew D. Heines ***
    2. Another Year in Oman: Between Iraq and a Hard Place by Matthew D. Heines ****
    3. The English Girl by Katherine Webb
    4. Celestial Bodies by Jokhha Alharthi
  131. Pakistan
    1. Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid ****
    2. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
    3. broken verses by Kamila Shamsie
    4. Kartography by Kamila Shamsie
    5. Trespassing by Uzma Aslan Khan
    6. The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad
  132. Palau
  133. Palestine
    1. The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa ****
    2. The Family Orchard by Nomi Eve
  134. Panama
  135. Papua New Guinea
    1. Euphoria by Lily King
  136. Paraguay
  137. Peru
    1. When Mountains Walked by Kate Wheeler *****
    2. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder *****
    3. Tschiffely’s Ride: Ten Thousand Miles in the Saddle from Southern Cross to Pole Star by Aimé Félix Tschiffely
    4. At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
    5. The King is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón
  138. Philippines
    1. A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century by Jason DeParle (non-fiction)
  139. Poland
    1. Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (translator)
    2. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel by Olga Tokarczuk
    3. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
    4. Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly (also Germany, Paris, NY)
    5. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
  140. Portugal
    1. The Painter of Birds by Lidia Jorge ****
    2. 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson ****
    3. Pereira Declares: A Testimony by Antonio Tabucchi ****
    4. Alentejo Blue by Monica Ali (Kindle)
    5. Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier (Kindle)
    6. Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal’s History and Culture by José Saramago
    7. All the Names by José Saramago (Kindle)
    8. Blindness by José Saramago
    9. The Implacable Order of Things by José Luís Peixoto
    10. A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening by Mário de Carvalho
    11. THE AZORES
    12. MADEIRA
  141. Qatar
  142. Romania
  143. Russia
    1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy *****
    2. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander ****
    3. The Translator by John Crowley
    4. In the Casa Azul: A Novel of Revolution and Betrayal by Meaghan Delahunt
    5. Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andreï Makine
    6. dancer by Colum McCann
    7. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
    8. The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
    9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    10. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
    11. The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
    12. Cilka’s Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #2) by Heather Morris
    13. The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander (also California)
    14. Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey Into the Heart of Russia by David Greene
    15. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    16. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
    17. The Underground by Hamid Ismailov, Carol Ermakova (translator)
    18. A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin
  144. Rwanda
    1. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche
    2. A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda by Josh Ruxin
  145. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  146. Saint Lucia
    1. The Poetry of Derek Walcott, 1948-2013 by Derek Walcott
    2. Omeros by Derek Walcott
  147. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  148. Samoa
    1. The Girl in the Moon Circle by Sia Figiel ***
  149. San Marino
  150. Sao Tome and Principe
  151. Saudi Arabia
    1. Finding Nouf (Nayir Sharqi & Katya Hijazi #1) by Zoë Ferraris *****
    2. City of Veils (Nayir Sharqi & Katya Hijazi #2) by Zoë Ferraris ****
    3. Kingdom of Strangers by Zoë Ferraris
    4. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
    5. Three Thousand Miles for a Wish by Safiya Hussain
  152. Senegal
  153. Serbia
    1. Diary of Interrupted Days by Dragan Todorovic
    2. The Book of Revenge by Dragan Todorovic
  154. Seychelles
  155. Sierra Leone
    1. The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Quest by Aminatta Forna
    2. The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Kindle)
  156. Singapore
    1. King Rat by James Clavell
    2. Saint Jack by Paul Theroux
    3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
    4. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
    5. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
    6. Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu
    7. Following the Wrong God Home by Catherine Lim
    8. The Bondmaid by Catherine Lim
    9. The Song of Silver Frond by Catherine Lim
    10. Miss Seetoh in the World by Catherine Lim
    11. People of the Pear Tree by Rex Shelley
    12. Island in the Centre by Rex Shelley
    13. A River of Roses by Rex Shelley
    14. Sarong Party Girls: A Novel by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
    15. Foreign Bodies by Hwee Hwee Ton
    16. Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen
    17. Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe
    18. The River’s Song by Suchen Christine Lim
    19. Fistful of Colours by Suchen Christine Lim
    20. Notes from an Even Smaller Island by Neil Humphreys
    21. Diary of an Expat in Singapore by Jennifer Gargiulo
    22. You’ll Die in Singapore by Charles McCormac
    23. Spider Boys by Ming Cher
    24. ‘Others’ Is Not a Race by Melissa de Silva
    25. The Last Lesson of Mrs. De Souza by Cyril Wong
    26. Tanamera by Noel Barber
    27. Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
  157. Slovakia
    1. Zoli by Colum McCann
    2. Banana Peels on the Tracks: Coming of Age in Post-Communist Slovakia by Jason Lockwood
    3. The House of the Deaf Man by Peter Krištúfek
    4. Siren of the Waters (Commander Jana Matinova #1) by Michael Genelin
    5. The Magician’s Accomplice (Commander Jana Matinova #3) by Michael Genelin
    6. Requiem for a Gypsy (Commander Jana Matinova #4) by Michael Genelin
    7. Katarina by Kathryn Winter
  158. Slovenia (also see Croatia)
    1. Law of Desire: Stories by Andrej Blatnik
    2. I Saw Her That Night by Drago Jančar
  159. Solomon Islands
  160. Somalia
  161. South Africa
    1. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton *****
    2. Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah *****
    3. The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh
    4. The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
    5. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  162. South Korea
    1. One Thousand Chestnut Trees: A Novel of Korea by Mira Stout *****
    2. How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway ***
    3. The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee ****
    4. The Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis
    5. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
    6. Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin
    7. White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
    8. If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
    9. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
    10. The Living Reed: A Novel of Korea by Pearl S. Buck
  163. South Sudan
  164. Spain
    1. Duende: A Journey into the Heart of Flamenco by Jason Webster ****
    2. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway *****
    3. Travelers’ Tales Spain: True Stories, Ed. Lucy McCauley ****
    4. The Vineyard by María Dueñas ***
    5. Voices of the Old Sea by Norman Lewis (Kindle)
    6. Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom (Kindle)
    7. It’s Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels by Polly Evans (Kindle)
    8. Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes (Kindle)
    9. Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving (Kindle)
    10. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
    11. Homeland by Fernando Aramburu, translated by Alfred Macadam
    12. Iberia by James Michener
    13. Andalucía
      1. Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucía (Driving Over Lemons Trilogy #1) by Chris Stewart *****
      2. A Parrot in the Pepper Tree by Christ Stewart (Kindle)
    14. Balearic Islands
      1. Mallorca, or Majorca / Menorca / Ibiza / Formentera
    15. Camino de Santiago
      1. Guidebooks:
        1. A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean * Roncesvalles * Santiago by John Brierley ****
        2. Camino de Santiago: The ancient Way of St. James pilgrimage route from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela by Sergi Ramis ****
      2. Personal accounts:
        1. In Movement There is Peace (Anxiety Treatment Alternatives) by Elaine Orabona Foster (Kindle) ****
        2. The Road to Santiago by Kathryn Harrison *****
        3. Sunrises to Santiago: Searching for Purpose on the Camino de Santiago by Gabriel Schirm ****
        4. Steps Out of Time: One Woman’s Journey on the Camino by Katherine B. Soper (Kindle) ****
        5. On Pilgrimage by Jennifer Lash (mostly in France, but ends in Santiago de Compostela) *****
        6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ***
        7. The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit by Shirley MacLaine ***
        8. I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago by Hape Kerkeling ****
        9. The Way, My Way by Bill Bennett (Kindle)
        10. Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route Into Spain by Jack Hitt (Kindle)
        11. The Way is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago by Arthur Paul Boers
        12. Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino by Joyce Rupp
      3. Packing advice:
        1. To Walk Far, Carry Less by Jean-Christie Ashmore ****
        2. Pilgrim Tips & Packing List Camino de Santiago by S. Yates ****
      4. History & Culture
        1. The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook by David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson
    16. Canary Islands
    17. Catalonia
      1.  Barcelona
        1. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafó ****
    18. Madrid
      1. The Seamstress by María Dueñas (also called The Time In Between) – also takes place in Morocco *****
      2. Love & Ruin by Paula McLain (& Cuba)
  165. Sri Lanka
    1. The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts
    2. Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai
    3. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
    4. Running in the Family (memoir) by Michael Ondaatje
    5. The Pavilion in the Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith
    6. The Elephants of Reckoning (poetry) by Indran Amir Thanayagam “Words for the Sri Lanka Tourist Office”
    7. Anil’s Ghost: A Novel by Michael Ondaatje
    8. Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan
    9. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka (Colombo)
  166. Sudan
    1. Emma’s War: An Aid Worker, A Warlord, Radical Islam, and the Politics of Oil – A True Story of Love and Death in Sudan by Deborah Scoggins
  167. Suriname
  168. Swaziland
  169. Sweden
    1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ****
    2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
    3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) by Stieg Larsson *****
    4. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium #2) by Stieg Larsson
  170. Switzerland
  171. Syria
    1. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian ***
    2. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (& Turkey. Greece.)
    3. Planet of Clay by Samar Yazbek
    4. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf
    5. Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman (& Turkey)
    6. No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid
  172. Taiwan
    1. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
    2. Heaven Lake by John Dalton
    3. Two Trees Make a Forest: A Story of Memory, Migration, and Taiwan by Jessica J. Lee
    4. Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
  173. Tajikistan
  174. Tanzania
    1. A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk
    2. Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
    3. The Magic of Saida by M. G. Vassanji
    4.  Zanzibar
      1. The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley
      2. Death in Zanzibar by M.M. Kaye
      3. Desertion by Abdulrazak Gurnah
      4. Admiring Silence by Abdulrazak Gurnah
      5. By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah
      6. Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
      7. Memory of Departure by Abdulrazak Gurnah
      8. The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah
  175. Thailand
    1. The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej by Paul M. Handley ****
    2. Siam, or The Woman Who Shot a Man by Lily Tuck ***
    3. Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
    4. Thailand’s Political History: From the Fall of Ayutthaya to Recent Times by B.J. Terwiel
    5. Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
    6. Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
    7. Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon
    8. The Beach by Alex Garland
    9. Jasmine Nights by S.P. Somtow
    10. Catching the Sun by Tony Parsons
    11. The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan
    12. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
    13. A Woman of Bangkok by Jack Reynolds
    14. Thai Girl by Andrew Hicks
    15. Bangkok Babylon by Jerry Hopkins
    16. Bangkok Days by Lawrence Osborne
    17. The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne
    18. Cross Currents by John Shors
    19. Selected Short Stories of Thailand by William Peskett
    20. The Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
    21. Private Dancer by Stephen Leather
    22. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
  176. Timor-Leste
  177. Togo
  178. Tonga
  179. Trinidad & Tobago
    1. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey *****
    2. Archipelago by Monique Roffey *****
    3. House of Ashes by Monique Roffey
    4. Golden Child by Claire Adam *****
    5. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
    6. Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul
    7. In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul
    8. The Mystic Masseur by V.S. Naipaul
    9. The Middle Passage by V.S. Naipaul
    10. The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History by V.S. Naipaul (non-fiction)
    11. Fireflies by Shiva Naipaul
    12. The Chip-Chip Gatherers by Shiva Naipaul
    13. Salt by Earl Lovelace
    14. The Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace
    15. The Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl Lovelace
    16. Is Just a Movie by Earl Lovelace
    17. Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo
    18. Valmiki’s Daughter by Shani Mootoo
    19. Out on Main Street: And Other Stories by Shani Mootoo
    20. Bruised Hibiscus by Elizabeth Nunez
    21. Anna In-Between by Elizabeth Nunez
    22. The Limbo Silence by Elizabeth Nunez
    23. Even in Paradise by Elizabeth Nunez
    24. Black Rock by Amanda Smyth
    25. A Kind of Eden by Amanda Smyth
    26. Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange by Amanda Smyth
    27. Light Falling on Bamboo by Lawrence Scott
    28. Ballad for the New World and Other Stories by Lawrence Scott
    29. Night Calypso by Lawrence Scott
    30. Ways of Sunlight by Sam Selvon
    31. A Brighter Sun by Sam Selvon
    32. Green Days by the River by Michael Anthony
    33. Cricket in the Road and Other Stories by Michael Anthony
    34. In the Heat of the Day by Michael Anthony
    35. The Year in San Fernando by Michael Anthony
    36. My Grandmother’s Erotic Folk Tales by Robert Antoni
    37. Carnival by Robert Antoni
    38. Whatless Boys by Robert Antoni
    39. A Thirst for Rain by Roslyn Carrington
    40. Sic Transit Wagon by Barbara Jenkins
    41. The Hummingbird Tree by Ian McDonald
    42. Crick Crack, Monkey by Merle Hodge
  180. Tunisia
    1. The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier (Algeria. Turkey. Crete.)
  181. Turkey
    1. The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk ****
    2. Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
    3. Snow by Orhan Pamuk
    4. Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
    5. The Virgin’s Knot by Holly Payne
    6. Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey, Ed. Anastasia M. Ashman and Jennifer Eaton
    7. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (& Syria. Greece.)
    8. The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier (Tunisia. Algeria. Crete.)
    9. Endgame by Ahmet Altan
    10. I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan
    11. Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
    12. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
    13. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
    14. Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman (& Syria)
  182. Turkmenistan
  183. Tuvalu
  184. Uganda
    1. We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan
  185. Ukraine
    1. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
    2. The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan (Kindle) (Mike didn’t like)
    3. The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken
  186. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    1. Water from Heaven: An American woman’s life as an Arab wife by Anne Schreiber Thomas ****
  187. United Kingdom (UK)
    1. England
      1. Missing, Presumed (D.S. Manon #1) by Susie Steiner ****
      2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger ****
      3. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson ****
      4. The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
      5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë *****
      6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *****
      7. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen ****
      8. Persuasion by Jane Austen
      9. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins *****
      10. behind the scenes at the museum by Kate Atkinson
      11. The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr
      12. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
      13. The Navigation Log by Martin Corrick
      14. offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
      15. a sky so close by Betool Khedairi (& Iraq)
      16. Atonement by Ian McEwan
      17. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
      18. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald (& Europe)
      19. The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
      20. Not That Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley
      21. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
      22. War Brides by Helen Bryan (Kindle)
      23. Next of Kin by Joanna Trollope
      24. Any Human Heart by William Boyd
      25. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
      26. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
      27. The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
      28. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
      29. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
      30. The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
      31. A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
      32. West Country Trilogy by Tim Pears
      33. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
      34. Seven Days in May by Kim Izzo (New York)
      35. The Salt Path: A Memoir by Raynor Winn (walking the South West Coast Path)
      36. The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
      37. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe
      38. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
      39. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
      40. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
      41. Regeneration by Pat Barker
      42. Silence Is a Sense by Layla AllAmmar
      43. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
      44. London
        1. Brick Lane by Monica Ali ***
        2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger ****
        3. White Teeth by Zadie Smith ***
        4. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (Egypt too?)
        5. If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman
        6. The Photograph by Penelope Lively
        7. Saturday by Ian McEwan
        8. Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
        9. life isn’t all ha ha hee hee by Meera Syal
        10. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro (also Shanghai)
        11. Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
        12. The Book of Dreams by Nina George
        13. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro ****
        14. Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley ****
        15. The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
        16. Happiness: A Novel by by Aminatta Forna (Kindle)
        17. The Midnight News by Jo Baker
        18. Queenie by Candice-Karty Williams
        19. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
        20. Only in London by Hanan al-Shaykh
        21. The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
        22. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
    2. Scotland
      1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman *****
      2. Featherstone by Kirsty Gunn
      3. Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
      4. Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela
      5. The Bookshop on the Corner (Scottish Bookshop #1) by Jenny Colgan
      6. Summerwater by Sarah Moss
      7. The Edinburgh Skating Club by Michelle Sloan
    3. Wales
      1. The Walking Tour by Kathryn Davis ***
      2. The Welsh Borderlands: Reflections Afoot by Anne Holmes Filson
    4. Northern Ireland
    5. British Overseas Territories: Anguilla / Bermuda / British Virgin Islands / Cayman Islands / Falkland Islands / Gibraltar / Montserrat / South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands / Turks & Caicos Islands
  188. United States of America (USA)
    1. See books & novels | u.s.a. |
  189. Uruguay
    1. The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal
  190. Uzbekistan
    1. A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road by Christopher Aslan Alexander
    2. The Railway by Hamid Ismailov, Robert Chandler
  191. Vanuatu
  192. Vatican City (Holy See)
  193. Venezuela
  194. Vietnam
    1. American Romantic by Ward Just (Indochina) ****
    2. A Dangerous Friend by Ward Just (Indochina)
    3. The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars by Andrew X. Pham ****
    4. Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham ****
    5. Daughters of the River Huong by Uyen Nicole Duong ****
    6. Paradise of the Blind by Dương Thu Hương ****
    7. The Lover by Marguerite Duras (Indochina)
    8. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
    9. Once Upon a Distant War by William Prochnau
    10. The Things They Carried (stories) by Tim O’Brien *****
    11. If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O’Brien
    12. Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien
    13. A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe (also Paris)
    14. The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
    15. The Greatest Beer Run Ever by John “Chick” Donohue, J.T. Molloy (Kindle)
    16. The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
    17. What It’s Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
    18. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
    19. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
    20. The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood by Kien Nguyen
    21. The Man From Saigon by Marti Leimbach
    22. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    23. Chickenhawk by Robert Mason
    24. Live from the Battlefield, autobiography of one of the greatest war correspondents, Peter Arnett
    25. Nam by Mark Baker
    26. In Pharoh’s Army by Tobias Wolff
    27. Dispatches by Michael Herr (possibly Mari’s favourite)
    28. All the Wrong Places by James Fenton
    29. A Wavering Grace by Gavin Young
    30. Derailed in Uncle Ho’s Victory Garden by Tim Page
    31. A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan (history)
    32. Winning Hearts and Minds, war poems by Vietnam Vets
    33. The Long Reckoning: A Story of War, Peace, and Redemption in Vietnam by George Black
    34. You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War by Elizabeth Becker
  195. Yemen
    1. The Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil (actually it’s an unknown Middle Eastern country that sounds like Yemen) *****
    2. The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Jennifer Steil (non-fiction)
    3. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
  196. Zambia
  197. Zimbabwe
    1. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
    2. The Book of Not (Nervous Conditions #2) by Tsitsi Dangarembga
    3. This Mournable Body (Nervous Conditons #3) by Tsitsi Dangarembga
    4. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
    5. The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
    6. Glory: A Novel by NoViolet Bulawayo



    • The Hotel Alleluia by Lucinda Roy
    • Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux
    • The Tree Where Man was Born by Peter Matthiessen
    • The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński
  • ASIA
    • The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
    • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
    • Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse *****
    • All Strangers are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World by Zora O’Neill
    • Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels as a Tramp, Artist and Spy by Henry Hemming
    • Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World by Zahra Hankir (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Christiane Amanpour (Foreword)
    • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett *****
    • The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Che Guevara
    • Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary by Alberto Granado
    • Viva South America!  A Journey Through a Surging Continent by Olive Balch
    • The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts by Louis de Bernieres (see Latin American Trilogy)
    • The Last Good Paradise by Tatjana Soli
    • Imperium by Ryszard Kapuściński
    • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (also Philadelphia & Tahiti) (Kindle)
    • Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński



  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • Children of God (The Sparrow #2) by Mary Doria Russell
  • The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Scattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada

Here’s a resource for finding fiction set in different locales: