For copies of this bibliography, please contact Leita Kaldi Davis: The U.S. Committee for the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM/USA) Gulf Coast Chapter launched a Book Club in 2005 that focuses, for the most part, on women writers from developing countries.  Because the club’s well-read and well-traveled participants choose books that illustrate the challenges and strengths of such women, the club has become a friendly learning forum.  Meeting at Sarasota’s North County Library every second Monday of the month, the following books provided memorable experiences.    Abdi, Hawa/Robbins:  Keeping Hope Alive Aboulela, Leila:  Minaret                            The Kindness of Enemies Ackerman, Diane:  The Zookeeper's Wife Adams, Lorraine:  Harbor Adichie, Ngozi Chimamanda:  Half of a Yellow Sun                            Americanah Ahmed, Qanta:  In the Land of Invisible Women Akallo, Grace:  Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children Alexievich, Svetlana:  Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War Ali, Monica:  Brick Lane Allende, Isabel:  Island under the Sea; Maya’s Notebook Alvarez, Julia:  In the Time of Butterflies Ba, Mariama:  So Long a Letter Banks, Russell:  The Darling Bell, Beverly:  Walking on Fire Belli, Giocanda:  The Country under My Skin Betancourt, Ingrid:  Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle Bhutto, Benazir:  Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West Blanche, Lesley:  The Wilder Shores of Love Boo, Katherine:  Beyond the Beautiful Forevers Boyle, T.C.:  The Women Brooks, Geraldine:  Caleb's Crossing Buck, Pearl S:  Peony Bulawayo NoViolet:  We Need New Names Carr, Rosie:  Land of One Thousand Hills Chang, Jung:  Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China Chayes, Sarah:  The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban Chen, Leslie:  Factory Girls Cleave, Chris:  Little Bee Clement, Jennifer:  Prayers for the Stolen Cohen Corasanti, Michelle:  The Almond Tree Cooper, Helene:  The House at Sugar Beach: In Searach of a Lost African Childhood Danticat, Edwidge:  The Farming of Bones                               Brother, I'm Dyinig                               Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work                               Claire of the Sea Light Dahmash-Jarrah, Samar:  Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts Darke, Diana:  My House in Damascus Demick Barbara:  Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Dennis-Benn, Nicole:  Here Comes the Sun Desai, Anita:  The Artist of Disappearance Desai, Kiran:  The Inheritance of Loss Divakaruni, Chitra:  Sister of My Heart                               Vine of Desire Ebadi, Shirin:  Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran Erdrich, Louise:  Round House Farna, Aminatta:  Ancestor Stones Fonseca, Isabella:  Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey Fong, Mei:  One Child Fuentes, Sonia Pressman:  Eat First – You Don't Know What They'll Give You Fuller, Alexandra:  Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight                               Scribbling the Cat                               Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness                               Leaving Before the Rains Come Gappah, Petina:  The Book of Memory Garrels, Anne:  Putin Country Geok-lin Lim, Shirley:  Joss and Gold

Gilchrist, Ellen:  A Dangerous Age

Gordimer, Nadine:  Get a Life Green, Carol:  The Spiritual Transformation of America Henderson, Nancy; Whitter, Reggie:  Sewing with Hope: Joseph Kony Tore These Girls’ Lives Apart: Can She Stitch Them Back Together? Hirsi, Ayaan:  Nomad Holloway, Kris:  Monique and the Mango Rains Hoodbhoy, Nafisa:  Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan's Last   Decade of Democracy Hoppe, Kelsey (Ed):  Chasing Misery An Anthology of Essays by Women in Humanitarian Responses Hosseini, Khaled:  The Kite Runner Ilibagiwa, Immaculee:  Left  to Tell: Discovering God admidst the Rwandan Holocaust Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer:  Heat and Dust, The Householder, My Nine Lives, A Love Song for India Johnson Sirleaf, Ellen:  This Child Is Great Joya, Malalai:  A Woman among Warlords Kaldi, Leita:  In the Valley of Atibon Kidd, Sue Monk:  The Invention of Wings Kingsley, Mary:  Travels in West Africa Kingsolver, Barbara:  The Lacuna Lahiri, Jhumpa:  The Lowland Laila Lalami:  The Moor's Account Levy, Andrea:  Small Island Li, Yiyun:  Kinder than Solitude Liebrecht, Savyon, Matalon, Ronit:  Various titles Lightfoot-Klein:   A Woman’s Odyssey into Africa Manicka,Rani:  The Rice Mother   Maathai, Wangari:  Unbowed McBrien, Jody/Byers, Julia:  Cold Water Mda, Zakes:  The Madonna of Excelsior Marxsen, Patti M.:  Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own Miller, Carol: Lola's Luck:  My Life among the California Gypsies Min, Anchee:  Empress Orchid Molloy, Aimee:  However Long the Night:  Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of  African Women and Girls Triumph Moran, Michelle:  Rebel Queen Muller, Hertha:  The Land of Green Plums/The Appointment Ndiaye, Marie:  Three Strong Women Nafisi, Azar:  The Republic of Imagination Negev, Eilat, Yehuda Koren:  The First Lady of Fleet Street: The Life of Rachel Beer: Crusading Heiress and Newspaper Pioneer Nemirovsky, Irene:  Suite Francaise Obreht, Tea:  The Tiger's Wife Ohanesian:  Orhans' Inheritance Pamuk, Orhan:  My Name Is Red Patchett, Ann:  Bel Canto Poniatowska, Elena:  Here's To You, Jesusa! Ratner, Vaddey:  In the Shadow of the Banyan Rezvani, Amir:  The Blood of Flowers Russell, Karen:  Swamplandia Saadawi, Nawal El:  Zeina Salak, Kira:  Four Corners Salbi, Zainab:  The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope Sanchez, Yoani:  Havana Real de SasKropiwnicka, Alesandra Olenda:  Olenka in Africa  Sasoon, Jean:  The Princess Schlink, Bernard: The Reader Scroggins, Deborah:  Emma’s War See, Lisa:  Peony                   Snow Flower and the Secret Fan                   Shanghai Girls Seierstad, Asne:  The Bookseller of Kabul Shafak, Elif:  The Bastard of Istanbul; The Forty Rules of Love Shepard, Sadia:  The Girl from Foreign  Shoor, Victoria:  Backlands

Stroud, Elizabeth:  Olive Kitteridge

Sundaresan, Indu:  The Twentieth Wife Suri, Manil:  The Age of Shiva Szabo, Magda:  The Door Tan, Amy:  Saving Fish from Drowning Vaddey Ratner:  In the Shadow of the Banayn Umrigar, Thrity:  The Space Between Us Verghese, Abraham:  Cutting for Stone Viamontes, Betty:  Waiting on Zapote Street: Love and Loss in Castro's Cuba Vieux-Chauvet:  Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy Von Bremzen, Anya:  Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing Janet Wallach:  Desert Queen (Biography of Gertrude Bell) West, Tessa:  The Reed Flute Wilson, G. Willow:  The Butterfly Mosque Xinran:  Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love Yousafzai, Malala:  I Am Malala Zoepf, Katherine:  Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who  AreTransforming the Arab World July 2016