recommend me some books!
February 23, 2013 11:07 AM Subscribe
I enjoy memoir-style books written by people who have lived in interesting places/cultures and provide a political and historical perspective of the events in their lives. I have a gift certificate for Barnes and Noble that's burning a hole in my pocket. I'd like some recommendations.
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A few examples of what I'm look for would be Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing Ngor, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller, and From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe. Just about any geographical location or time period is good. I'm not really looking for memoirs by well-known people, just regular people who have experienced interesting cultures and/or historical events.
I prefer non-fiction, but good fiction (like some of Amy Tan's earlier stuff) is good too.
I also prefer gorgeous writing, and the kind of narrative that makes a book hard to put down.