Travel across continents, countries, and cultures in this edition of Books on the Root's Reading List.
The Sound of Water
By Sanjay Bahadur
Atria, June 2009
The former director of the India Ministry of Coal takes on the treacherous and exploitative conditions of the Indian mining industry and humanizes the lives of workers and their families.
A Disobedient Girl
By Ru Freeman
Atria, July 2009
A literary debut that tackles class issues in Sri Lanka by following the journeys of two women who are seemingly different, yet share common bonds.
Voices of the Desert
By Nélinda Piñon
Clifford E. Landers
Knopf, August 2009
The award-winning Brazilian author retells the legendary story of "One Thousand and One Nights” from the perspective of Scheherazade.
By Raul Ramos y Sanchez
Grand Central, July 2009
Riots, racist vigilantes, and radical Latino activists ignite a divided America in this political thriller.
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