Friday, May 21, 2010

If You Liked Three Cups of Tea...

If you liked Three Cups of Tea, you might also enjoy one of these nonfiction stories of individuals on a mission to change the world in ways big and small.

Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
by Greg Mortenson

Picking up where Three Cups of Tea leaves off, Mortenson tells of his ongoing initiatives to build schools for Afghan girls as a way of promoting peace and understanding. He recounts the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in the region as well as his harrowing abduction by the Taliban. A satisfying and moving follow-up to Three Cups of Tea.

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The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding
by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner

Prompted by the 9/11 tragedy and questions about faith from her young children, a Muslim-American woman reaches out to two fellow mothers, one Christian and one Jewish, for help in writing a children’s book about the shared bonds of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The women soon realize that they need an open and honest exploration of their faiths as much as their children and start what they call “The Faith Club”. This book inspired similar clubs and conversations all over the world.

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The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to Our Town
by Mary Pipher

The author of Reviving Ophelia examines the lives of refugees from some of the world’s most war-torn areas as they make their new homes in Lincoln, Nebraska. She focuses on the lives of immigrant teenagers and their families (she herself takes in several of Sudan’s “lost boys”) as they struggle to understand American life and as the Midwesterners work to understand their new neighbors.

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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
by Tracy Kidder

This is the story of one man’s mission to change the world. Dr. Paul Farmer ventured from Harvard to Haiti and beyond in an effort to cure infectious disease and bring modern medicine to the farthest corners of the world. The major players in this inspirational story includes the Boston medical community, big pharmaceutical companies, and international governmental organizations. However, the heart of the story is Farmer, who makes great sacrifices to achieve his goals, and the people of the world’s poorest nations, who benefit from those sacrifices.

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There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
by Melissa Fay Greene

A moving portrait of one woman’s stand against the AIDS crisis in Africa, this book tells the story of Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman who lost her husband and daughter to AIDS and then opened her home to orphans of the disease. What started with a local priest delivering an abandoned child to her hut for care turns into a thriving orphanage that helps the children of the epidemic find new lives and adoptive parents all over the world.

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