Books for Cultural Diversity: December’s Picks

dec_546x350-book-round-upTake some time this holiday season to sit down and read one of these diverse books. From a new Spanish edition of a childhood classic to culinary traditions to nonfiction to translations of award-winning fiction, our December round-up of books has a little something for everyone.

The Boxcar Children (Spanish-English set) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
A perennial favorite for young readers aged 7-12 is now available in Spanish as well. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden are siblings—and orphans. The only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. They discover an abandoned boxcar and decide to make it their home.
The Gardens of Consolation by Parisa Reza
A Prix Senghor 2015 winner. In the early 1920s in the remote village of Ghamsar, Talla and Sardar, two teenagers dreaming of a better life, fall in love and marry. As their family grows, they watch the Qajar dynasty fall, Reza Shah Pahlavi’s rise to power, and reformer Mohammad Mosaddegh emerge.
Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Anil Patel leaves his tiny Indian village for a medical residency in Texas while his best friend Leena is left behind in an arranged marriage. These two childhood friends must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.
Grape Olive Pig
Grape, Olive, Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding
Matt Goulding introduces you to the sprawling culinary and geographical landscape of his adoptive home, Spain, and offers an intimate portrait of this multifaceted country, its remarkable people, and its complex history. It is a gastronomic travel companion filled with masterful narration, insider advice, and nearly 200 full-color photos.
High Mountains Portugal
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martell
This New York Times bestseller, now in paperback, is part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable. It offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss, taking the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century.
Tonuge of Adam
The Tongue of Adam by Abdelfattah Kilito
Abdelfattah Kilito presents an assortment of discussions related to Adam’s tongue, including translation, comparative religion, and lexicography. It is a delightful read about the mysterious rise of humankind’s multilingualism.
This Is Me
This is Me by Jamie Lee Curtis & illustrated by Laura Cornell
A timely picture book about immigration and identity. It begins with a teacher telling her class about her great-grandmother’s dislocating journey from home to a new country with nothing but a small suitcase to bring along. *Inserted into the back cover is a sturdy pop-up suitcase for young readers to use as they read along.