Thanks to Bonnie for setting up yet another wonderful challenge!

The Challenge:

The world has many countries, some big and some small, and I want to find the best books about each country. The book should help us learn something ABOUT that country and not just be one written by somebody who lives there. Let’s “book around the world” and find at least one excellent book for each country in the world. Our challenge is to find books for as many countries as possible.

This challenge is on-going with no time limit.

The Places and the Books:

North America:
Canada: PEI – Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Quebec: Charles the Bold byYves Beauchemin
Northwest Territories: Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
Saskatchewan: The Horseman’s Graves by Jacqueline Baker
British Columbia: Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon By Lyn Hancock
U.S.A: see – Book Around the States Challenge

Mexico: The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C.M. Mayo

Central America:
Dominican Republic- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot


South America:


450AD England- The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
15th Century England –The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
19th Century England- A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock
19th Century England-The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

17th Century ScotlandOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

Ireland: Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
Early 20th Century Ireland-1916: A Novel Of The Irish Rebellion

17th Century Amsterdam- The Coffee Trader: A Novel by David Liss

Renaissance Italy – Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex
Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell
17th Century Italy- The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland, Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland

Spain: The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner

Greece: Stealing Athena by Karen Essex

20th Century Italy-The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego
Ancient Rome: Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

WWII Russia-
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Romania- Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear

Portugal- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa

Ethiopia- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia- Don’t Let’s go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

Middle East:
Afghanistan-The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Central Asia:

1960’s India-The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
17th Century India-Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors
1971 Bangladesh- A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

Southeast Asia:
Japan-Japanland: A Year In Search Of WA
19th Century Japan-Storm Rider by Akira Yoshimura, Translated by Philip Gabriel

Vietnam: Dragon House by John Shors

China: The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein
My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse
Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse

The Secret River by Kate Grenville
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
The Longest Journey by Diana Patterson and Rita Turner



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