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Lesley | 45 comments Well, my first name starts with L. Countries that start with L are slim, Laos/Lebanon/Luxembourg
Anyone have any book ideas for countries that start with L?
Thanks!


message 2: by Liz (new)

Liz   (lizvegas) i read The Coroner's Lunch- which is set in Laos, for the winter challenge.


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Alice (aliceg) | 429 comments lithuania, latvia

lol just to add some more L countries!! Ok still not very likely ones!


message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (thehopelessbibliophile) You can search for countries on the CIA World Factbook website - select the pull-down menu for an alphabetical list:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publicati...


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Nicki (luluminstrel) | 285 comments I'm an L (surname) too and I second The Coroner's Lunch, which I'm going to read. It's supposed to be good.

There's also Lesotho, Liberia, Libya. Not that that helps much!


message 7: by Dionisia (last edited Aug 19, 2009 07:51AM) (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Books from countries that start with "L":

Vampire Loves-Joann Sfar (Lithuania)
Heshel's Kingdom-Dan Jacobson (Lithuania)
Tales of the Amber Sea Fairy Tales of the Peoples of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania-Irinia Zheleznova
The Last Girl A Novel-Stephan Collishaw (Lithuania
Journey without Maps-Graham Greene (Liberia)
Mississippi in Africa-Alan Huffman (Liberia)
Red Dust on the Green Leaves-John Gay (Liberia)
The Hakawati-Rabih Alameddine (Lebanon)
Beaufort-Ron Leshem (Lebanon)
The Story of Zahra A Novel-Hanan Al-Shaykh (Lebanon)
A Girl Made of Dust-Nathalie Abi-Ezzi (Lebanon)
Books by Colin Cotterill (Laos)
I Little Slave-Bounsang Khamkeo (Laos)
Red Dust, Red Sky-Paul Sunga (Lesotho)
Headcrusher-Alexander Garros (Latvia)
In the Country of Men-Hisham Matar (Libya)
The Shadows of Ghadames-Joelle Stolz (Libya)

Hope this helps!!


message 8: by Lesley (new)

Lesley | 45 comments oh wow dionisia, thank you SO much! :)


message 9: by Krista (last edited Aug 19, 2009 08:42AM) (new)

Krista (kacey14) Dionisia wrote: "Books from countries that start with "L":

Vampire Loves-Joann Sfar (Lithuania)
Heshel's Kingdom-Dan Jacobson (Lithuania)
[book:Tales of the Amber Sea Fairy Tales ..."


Okay, you were SO good with the letter "L" could you work your magic on the letter "K" and post a list of K countries? They're right next to each other in the alpahbet. :-)

(Or let me in to your secret on how you compiled the list so quickly)

Thanks! -Krista



message 10: by Krista (new)

Krista (kacey14) Another thought for WALES is the 'Wales' trilogy by Sharon Kay Penman I believe the first book in that series is Here be Dragons


message 11: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer  (jml_417) Dionisia wrote: "Books from countries that start with "L":

Vampire Loves-Joann Sfar (Lithuania)
Heshel's Kingdom-Dan Jacobson (Lithuania)
[book:Tales of the Amber Sea Fairy Tales ..."


I'm also an "L"...thanks so much for this list! I was able to put one on hold at the library. :)


message 12: by Slayermel (new)

Slayermel | 54 comments Dionisia wrote: "Books from countries that start with "L":

Vampire Loves-Joann Sfar (Lithuania)
Heshel's Kingdom-Dan Jacobson (Lithuania)
[book:Tales of the Amber Sea Fairy Tales ..."


OMG.....I could hug you right now!!!!
I have been stuck on L for a while now :0)



message 13: by Dionisia (last edited Aug 19, 2009 11:43AM) (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Yay! So glad I could help a few people find some matches.

And.....some books from countries that start with "K":

Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that Disappeared-Christopher Robbins (also works for task #5.2!)
The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years-Chingiz Aitmatov (Kazakhstan)
Nine Layers of Sky-Liz Williams (Kazakhstan)
Borat Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan/Minor Nation of U.S. and A.-Borat Sagdiyev
The Sex Lives of Cannibals Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific-J. Maarten Troost (Kiribati)
A Pattern of Islands-Arthur Grimble (Kiribati)
Out of Africa-Isak Dinesen (Kenya)
Unbowed-Wangari Maathai (Kenya)
A Grain of Wheat-Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (Kenya)
The White Masai-Corinne Hofmann (Kenya)

There's also Kosovo, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan! I'll be on later with more books because I actually enjoy finding ones that fit.

Secret = Amanda's CIA World Factbook suggestion combined with searching tags in LibraryThing =)


message 14: by Lori (new)

Lori  (batchelorxyz) | 229 comments I need books from countries that start with "B"....please!!!


message 15: by Krista (new)

Krista (kacey14) Dionisia wrote: "Yay! So glad I could help a few people find some matches.

And.....some books from countries that start with "K":

Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that Disappeared-Christop..."


Wa-hoo! Thanks -- you just keep on searching. I love what you've come up with so far. :-)

Now that you've jogged my memory about Kenya, I've had West with the Night on my TBR pile for quite awhile. That is set mainly in Kenya also. I think I'll pencil that in for the task for now.


message 16: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer  (jml_417) Lori (BNPL) wrote: "I need books from countries that start with "B"....please!!!"

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith takes place in Botswana.


message 17: by Lori (new)

Lori  (batchelorxyz) | 229 comments Jennifer L. wrote: "Lori (BNPL) wrote: "I need books from countries that start with "B"....please!!!"

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith takes place in Botswana."


Thank you. I have been meaning to try those.


message 18: by Katie (new)

Katie Dionisia wrote: "Yay! So glad I could help a few people find some matches.

And.....some books from countries that start with "K":

Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that Disappeared-Christop..."


Wow! Dionisia, I thank you on behalf of "K"-names everywhere.



message 19: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 148 comments Dionisia wrote: "Yay! So glad I could help a few people find some matches.

And.....some books from countries that start with "K":

Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that Disappeared-Christop..."


Thank you thank you thank you :-)




message 20: by Bridgit (new)

Bridgit | 515 comments Jennifer L. wrote: "Lori (BNPL) wrote: "I need books from countries that start with "B"....please!!!"

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith takes place in Botswana."


Also - i think i was going to read Eat Pray Love which partly takes place in Bali. That could work for a B. I'm hoping Cynthia will allow Britain to count... that would really open up possibilities.


message 21: by Natalie (new)

Natalie I have a great suggestions for people looking for L books, I read Anarchy and Old Dogs recently and it's set in Laos. I didn't realize that it's a detective series when I picked it up, and of course it's not the first in the series (that's how I seem to manage to do things!) But it's a great book nonetheless and if you wanted to start with the first in the series it's set in Laos as well.


message 22: by Dionisia (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Books set in countries that start with the letter "B":

Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl-Kate McCafferty (Barbados)
The Polished Hoe A Novel-Austin Clarke (Barbados)
Limestone-Cecil Foster (Barbados)
Looking for Dilmun-Geoffrey Bibby (Bahrain)
Lajja-Taslima Nasrin (Bangladesh)
A Golden Age-Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)
How to be a true-true Bahamian-Patricia Glinton-Meicholas (Bahamas)
Thunderball-Ian Fleming (Bahamas)
God's Angry Babies-Ian G. Strachan (Bahamas)
Defiance The Bielski Partisans-Nechama Tec (Belarus)
Factory of Tears-Valzhyna Mort (Belarus)
Pack of Wolves-Vasil Bykau (Belarus)
Resistance-Anita Shreve (Belgium)
The Folding Star A Novel-Alan Hollinghurst (Belgium)
In the Company of Angels A Novel-N.M. Kelby (Belgium)
Beka Lamb-Zee Edgell (Belize)
Tea With Tracey-Tracey Caswell (Bermuda)
The Deep-Peter Benchley (Bermuda)
Bermuda Grass-Keith Miles (Bermuda)
The Bolivian Diary The authorized edition-Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (Bolivia)
I Am a Taxi-Deborah Ellis (Bolivia)
Turing's Delirium-Edmundo Paz Soldán (Bolivia)
Marching Powder-by Rusty Young (Bolivia)
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands-Jorge Amado (Brazil)
War of the End of the World-Mario Vargas Llosa (Brazil)
The Seamstress A Novel-Frances D Peebles (Brazil)
Also check out the many books set in Brazil by Paulo Coelho.
The Piano Tuner A Novel-Daniel Mason (Burma)
The Glass Palace A Novel-Amitav Ghosh (Burma)
The Lizard Cage A Novel-Karen Connelly (Burma)
The Cellist of Sarajevo-Steven Galloway (Bosnia)
Love Thy Neighbor A Story of War-Peter Maass (Bosnia)
Pretty Birds A Novel-Scott Simon (Bosnia)
The Fixer A Story from Sarajevo-Joe Sacco (Bosnia)

Enjoy!


message 23: by Bridgit (new)

Bridgit | 515 comments Dionisia wrote: "Books set in countries that start with the letter "B":

Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl-Kate McCafferty (Barbados)
The Polished Hoe A Novel-Austin Clarke (Barbados)
[..."


Cynthia just approved using Britain as a B country - so anything set there will work too!

Ideas for books set in M countries?
Morocco
Mali
Malta
Madagascar
Mexico
Mongolia
Malaysia

If possible i would like to avoid using Mexico as I have to do the other Mexico task already and would like to branch out!




message 24: by Katie (new)

Katie Bridgit wrote: "Dionisia wrote: "Books set in countries that start with the letter "B":

Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl-Kate McCafferty (Barbados)
The Polished Hoe A Novel-Austin..."


I'm planning on reading Hideous Kinky A Novel by Esther Freud. It's set in Morocco.


message 25: by Slayermel (new)

Slayermel | 54 comments If your a horror fan this one sounds promising The Ruins, I stumbled across it. Stephen King even did a review for it :0) Takes place in Mexico.

I was going to use it for part of my Geography task but now that I see Hideous Kinky is based in Morocco I might switch it to my Hispanic Heritage Month instead.

Anyone have any other good M suggestions?



message 27: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrisa-uk) | 233 comments Ok, I need some help. I need books set in G countries - preferably NOT Germany as I'm reading two other 'German' based books for this challenge .... so Great Britain (I know there will be lots here, but fancied somewhere different to be honest!) Greece, Gambia, ???

Not Captain Corelli's Mandolin please lol!


message 28: by Dionisia (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Everytime I check this thread my TBR list gets bigger and bigger!


message 30: by Dionisia (last edited Aug 20, 2009 01:20PM) (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Some books set in "G" countries (minus Germany and Gr. Britain):

The Magus-John Fowles (Greece)
Dinner with Persephone Travels in Greece-Patricia Storace (Greece)
The King Must Die A Novel-Mary Renault (Greece)
Reading the Ceiling-Dayo Forster (Gambia)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society-Mary Ann Shaffer (Guernsey)
Island Madness-Tim Binding (Guernsey)
The Toilers of the Sea-Victor Hugo (Guernsey)

Edit: How did I miss the super obvious fact that you did not want to read Captain Corelli's Mandolin?!


message 31: by Bridgit (new)

Bridgit | 515 comments Dionisia wrote: "Some books set in "G" countries (minus Germany and Gr. Britain):

Captain Corelli's Mandolin-Louis de Bernières (Greece)
The Magus-John Fowles (Greece)
[book:Dinner wi..."


OOH - the Magus is SOO good!


message 32: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrisa-uk) | 233 comments oooh, thanks everyone! Decisions, decisions .... lol


Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 335 comments any J's? I'm having a hard time!


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Rae (rachforevers) | 7 comments I'm looking for R's and E's. . . Any ideas?


message 37: by Liz M (last edited Aug 20, 2009 06:41PM) (new)

Liz M Miramar (Egypt)
Professor Martens' Departure (Estonia)
The New World (Ethiopia)

And England counts, so there are innumerable choices for that.


Forest of the Hanged (Romania)
On the Heights of Despair (Romania)

And then there are several well-known Russian writers:
Nabokov, Vladimir
Tolstoy, Leo
Dostoevsky, Fyodor
Pasternak, Boris
Pushkin, Alexander
Turgenev, Ivan
Gorky, Maxim
Bulgakov, Mikhail
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander


message 38: by Rae (new)

Rae (rachforevers) | 7 comments Thank you!!! =)


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) lesley wrote: "Well, my first name starts with L. Countries that start with L are slim, Laos/Lebanon/Luxembourg
Anyone have any book ideas for countries that start with L?
Thanks!"


I am using The Coroner's Lunch.


message 40: by Dawn (new)

Dawn | 12 comments I too am having a difficult time with this list. I am looking for D and S. Thanks in advance for the help!!!


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Julia (bambbles) | 119 comments Tanja wrote: "Ps
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Phillipines
Poland
Portugal


Ts
Togo
Thailand
Tanzania
Turkey

will edit once I find books set in these places"


For T, I asked Cynthia and Tibet also works. I am using Sky Burial An Epic Love Story of Tibet for my T.


message 42: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrisa-uk) | 233 comments For S I'm reading Frankie and Stankie set in South Africa - there are lots of books set here and I can recommend anything by Andre Brink

There's also Scotland and Sweden ...


message 43: by Nicki (new)

Nicki (luluminstrel) | 285 comments SuzieR wrote: "oooh, thanks everyone! Decisions, decisions .... lol"

Read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! I read it for the Summer challenge and it was wonderful!


message 44: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrisa-uk) | 233 comments I've read that one - loved it! :)


message 45: by Heidi (new)

Heidi | 52 comments Hmm I'm looking for H countries... Holland or Haiti I guess, but I'm struggling to find any books... Any suggestions would be gratefully received! Thanks in advance


message 46: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Hungarian novelists

Some contemporary Haitian authors
Living in Haiti:
* Frankétienne (1936 -)
* Lyonel Trouillot (1956 -)
* Gary Victor (1958 -)

Living in the US or Canada:
* Anthony Phelps (1928 -)
* Émile Ollivier (1940 - 2002)
* Dany Laferrière (1953 -)
* Marie-Célie Agnant
* Stanley Péan (1966 -)
* Edwidge Danticat (1969 -)

Living in France:
* René Depestre (1926 -)
* Jean Métellus (1937 -)
* Jean-Claude Charles (1949 -)
* Louis-Philippe Dalembert (1962-)

Mountains Beyond Mountains The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World is set primarily in Haiti


message 47: by Katie (new)

Katie Heidi wrote: "Hmm I'm looking for H countries... Holland or Haiti I guess, but I'm struggling to find any books... Any suggestions would be gratefully received! Thanks in advance"

For Haiti, I would recommend The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat. Warning: it was heart-wrenching. It's one of the few books that made me cry.

You might take a look at Goodreads author Myriam J.A. Chancy. Her novel The Scorpion's Claw wasn't my cup of tea, but you might have a different reaction.

Also, I've had Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica on my TBR list for a while, though I couldn't fit it into this challenge. That might count for this task (if you're lucky enough to have a J or H name).


message 48: by Dionisia (last edited Aug 21, 2009 11:09AM) (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Books set in "D" countries:

The Exception A Novel-Christian Jungersen (Denmark)
Music & Silence-Rose Tremain (Denmark)
The History of Danish Dreams-Peter Høeg (Denmark)
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead-Tom Stoppard (Denmark)
Unburnable A Novel-Marie-Elena John (Dominica)
The Orchid House-Phyllis S. Allfrey (Dominica)
In the Time of the Butterflies-Julia Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
The Feast of the Goat-Mario Vargas Llosa (Dominican Republic)
The Farming of Bones-Edwidge Danticat (Dominican Republic)


message 49: by Dionisia (last edited Aug 21, 2009 05:40AM) (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Katie wrote: "Heidi wrote: "Hmm I'm looking for H countries... Holland or Haiti I guess, but I'm struggling to find any books... Any suggestions would be gratefully received! Thanks in advance"

For Haiti, I wou..."


I thought The Farming of Bones dealt with Haitians in the Dominican Republic. I haven't read it though. Sorry for the confusion.


message 50: by Dionisia (last edited Aug 21, 2009 06:45AM) (new)

Dionisia (therabidreader) | 436 comments Books set in "S" countries:

The Dark Side of Love-Rafik Schami (Syria)
Just Like a River-Muhammad Kamil Al-Khatib (Syra)
Night Falls on Damascus A Novel-Frederick Highland (Syria)
Heidi-Johanna Spyri (Switzerland)
Bloomability-Sharon Creech (Switzerland)
The Pledge-Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Switzerland)
The Laughing Policeman-Maj Sjöwall (Sweden)
Also, check out the books by Swedish authors Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson.
The Shadow of the Wind-Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain)
The Flanders Panel-Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Spain)
The Monk-Matthew Gregory Lewis (Spain)
Cry, the Beloved Country-Alan Paton (South Africa)
Persistance Of Memory-Tony Eprile (South Africa)
The Power of One-Bryce Courtenay (South Africa)

So many "S" country books! There's Sudan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Singapore, Serbia, Saudia Arabia, and more!


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