Books for Cultural Diversity: January’s Picks

dec_546x350-book-round-upWelcome in 2017 with a brand-new list of books to read and worlds to explore. Transport yourself to other countries from the comfort of your home, try out an ethnic recipe, or learn a little bit about a unique culture.

All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill
Zora O’Neill shares stories of her experiences learning and traveling throughout the Arab World. From Egypt to Lebanon to Morocco, she explores language and the connection between culture and communication.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
Chan has been making comics in his native Singapore since the 1950s. In this graphic novel, he looks back on his career—and in turn—the history of a nation.
Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss
Berlin-based Luisa Weiss, collects some of the best German recipes for the home baker. Not only will you get recipes (for classics like Strudel or Brötchen), you will also delight in the stories behind the pastries (their origins, meaning, and the rituals associated with them).
Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
This artistic collection of drawings features more than fifty words that don’t have a direct English translation—like the Italian word for being moved to tears. Often, the words provide insight into the culture they come from.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
From bestselling young adult author, Richelle Mead, comes a fantasy novel incorporating Chinese folklore. Fei comes from a village without sound that is dependent on a food delivery via zip line from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. When her village is threatened, Fei must embark out into the world in order to save it.
Super Sushi Ramen Express
Super Sushi Ramen Express by Michael Booth
Food and travel writer Michael Booth takes his family on a culinary journey through Japan.