We are disheartened at the continued violence and tragic loss of lives around the globe. As readers, we travel to these worlds — both near and far, familiar or foreign. We cannot help but feel a sense of community with and compassion for the people we meet within the pages of our beloved books.
In that spirit, this week we share novels that illuminate the rich cultures and communities affected by this week’s terrible news.
- Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri curated this Black Lives Matter Reading List of Novels and Stories Exploring Race.
- Head to Goodreads for Books about Bangladesh or Bengalis, both Muslims and Hindus.
- And for books set in Iraq, the Goodreads group Around the World in 80 Books has a fantastic list of novels set in Iraq.
- Here are 9 Books To Read If You Find Yourself In Istanbul.
- On a lighter note, one Instagram account is smashing ice cream on top of books, with colorful results.