Our Favourite World Reads: AIFS Overseas Workers Picks

Final Up to date on December 27, 2021 by Emily Merson

by Emily Merson, co-founder of World Experiences and Govt Director of AIFS Overseas.

Like most worldwide educators, we don’t simply like to journey, we additionally like to learn concerning the world. It doesn’t take lengthy once we are all collectively for discussions to show to what we’re studying or newest suggestions. Particularly in the previous few years, with out prepared entry to seeing the world in particular person, most of us have turned to the following smartest thing. In truth, once I sit up for the upcoming vacation season, one of many issues I sit up for most, is new books below the tree, and that magic time between Christmas and New yr once I can sit quietly and browse.

Following our retreat in Annapolis earlier this month, I requested our employees for his or her favourite books concerning the world. Listed below are a few of their suggestions:


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

“A beautiful, fringe of your seat, emotional roller-coaster story about childhood, friendship, and household in Taliban managed Afghanistan.”
-Justin Lee, Program Supervisor

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

“It’s a historic fiction novel that follows a Korean household’s immigration to Japan. It’s extra of a tearjerker than a feel-good e-book! Richly advised and profoundly transferring, Pachinko is a narrative of affection, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling road markets to the halls of Japan’s best universities to the pachinko parlors of the prison underworld, Lee’s advanced and passionate characters — sturdy, cussed girls, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by ethical disaster — survive and thrive towards the detached arc of historical past.”
-Becca Newman, Enrollment Supervisor

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

“I learn it my senior yr of highschool and it made me wish to research overseas in Italy!”
-Chelsea Conran, Enrollment Supervisor

No Phrase from Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza

‘The story is about an alien who’s misplaced in Barcelona while searching for his buddy Gurb. I’ve learn it like 4 occasions and it’s extremely enjoyable. Once I was dwelling in Barcelona, I considered Gurb many occasions…haha”
-Carmen Chamorro, World Engagement Coordinator

Track of a Captive Fowl by Jazmin Darznick

“Impressed by lifetime of Forugh Farrokhzhad, an Iranian poet and film director. A superbly written e-book concerning the challenges of going towards the grain of societal norms for ladies amidst the backdrop of the Iranian revolution. This was positively a e-book that pulled on my coronary heart strings, confirmed the complexities of life in Iran within the Fifties and stayed with me lengthy after I completed studying it!”
-Cerita King Oliver, Program Coordinator

The Invisible Lifetime of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab

“I totally loved it. Begins off in France, shifts round throughout 2-3 centuries of her life.”
-Kate Pazda, College Relations Director

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

“I like studying about Japanese tradition and historical past, so it was superb to get intimate particulars of the lifetime of a Geisha earlier than, throughout, and after WWII. Such a very good learn!”
-Laura Miranda-Rivera, Program Coordinator

“The evening I completed studying Memoirs of a Geisha, I instantly utilized to go train in Japan. Three weeks later I’d been employed”
-Michelle Walters, Regional VP College Relations

Lovely World, The place Are You? by Sally Rooney

“The creator really went to Trinity Faculty in Dublin which is the place it’s set. An incredible story about journey, romance and the dynamics of friendship and romantic love. Nice learn! “
-Hailey Morris, Program Supervisor Internships

American Filth by Jeanine Cummings

“Mexican bookstore proprietor and household by chance become involved with a cartel and should flee for his or her lives, making an attempt to get to the US with 1000’s of others. Soooo good!”
-Justin Lee’s Spouse Meegan

Beneath a Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan

“Based mostly on a real and superb WW2 story a few 17-year-old boy in Milan and his position within the Italian resistance and the escape path utilized by many refugees throughout the Alps, superb bravery and delightful descriptions of Italy and an untold story solely just lately found.”
-Emily Merson, Govt Director


The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

“The creator was beforehand a world correspondent and journalist. The e-book represents his journey of wanting into happiness and what it means to be comfortable throughout cultures.”
-Katie Pazda, College Relations Director

Crying in H-Mart by Michelle Zauner

“It was an extremely private memoir of grief, meals, household, tradition and the complexities of rising up multiracial in a rustic that always forces you to decide on a single field. I believed it was a stupendous and complicated illustration of an Asian American household throughout a yr when illustration was a lot wanted.”
-Michelle Walters, Regional VP College Relations

Sunburnt Nation by Invoice Bryson

“He wrote about Australia with self-deprecating humor and vivid imagery. The tales have been fascinating and I felt I understood Australian tradition slightly bit higher.”
-Carri Orrison, VP Operations

As soon as There Had been Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

“Set in Scottland a biologist is tasked with re-introducing fourteen gray wolves into the distant Highlands with hopes of therapeutic the dying panorama. It was in all probability probably the most superbly written e-book I’ve learn this yr.”
-Amy Wilson, Scholar Accounts Supervisor

As soon as There Stepping Stones: A Refugee Household’s Journey by Margriet Ruurs

“This can be a distinctive, modern story impressed by true occasions. A Syrian artist, Nizar Ali Badr, gives lovely art work utilizing small stones to convey struggles and triumphs of a household fleeing violence, with accompanying textual content in each Arabic and English.”
-Peter Gallagher, Tutorial Program Director

Might your Vacation season be peaceable and stuffed with happiness, and your new yr be a worldwide one, even when it comes within the type of a superb e-book.

All the perfect and comfortable studying.

Emily and the AIFS Overseas Workforce

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