Feed your soul with literature from around the World…

worldlitTired of the same old thing? Same books, same music. The best way to freshen up your perspective, re-ignite your curiosity, and get that old grey matter pulsing again is to step out of your comfort zone and expand beyond cultural borders.

While in college I studied French, Caribbean, African, Irish, English, American, Japanese, Chilean, and Mexican literature. While I enjoy going back to the “old masters” of the Anglo-American canon, it invariably gets a little dry and I have to venture out again. It’s simple and sometimes it means only going as far as the Harlem Renaissance.

Here are some suggestions, in no particular order or preference, for breaking down those old borders.

The Ways of White Folks

They’re Eyes Were Watching God

Native American Testimony

The Patriot Chiefs

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Black Skin, White Masks

No Ordinary Moments, A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life

Letters to a Young Poet

Basho, Japanese haiku master

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Don Quixote

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Crime and Punishment

War and Peace

The Tale of Genji

The Divine Comedy


Gypsy Ballads

Swann’s Way

Leaves of Grass

Oedipus the King

The Ramayana

Season of Migration to the North

Things Fall Apart

Das Kapital

The Histories of Herodotus

The Mahabharata

Il Principe (The Prince)

The Republic


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