Refugee Reading Lists

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:53 PM by Albany ESOL

For those of us who love to read, have the luxury of some spare time, and are interested in learning more about refugee issues (taken from the CSI Refugee Center Volunteer Handbook located in Twin Falls, Idaho):


Autobiography, Biography, Fiction, Poetry:


A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah


Autobiographical Notes: A Centennial Edition, Albert Einstein


Call Me By My True Names, Thick Nhat Hanh -- a collection of poems written by a Buddhist monk who fled from Vietnam to France 


Day and Night, Elie Wiesel


First They Killed My Father, Luong Ung


A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Robert Olen Butler -- collection of short stories that won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1993; each story is narrated by a different Vietnamese immigrant living in Louisiana


A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry


Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini


A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini


Lost Boys of Sudan, Mark Bixler


My Land and My People: The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet


Notes from My Travels, Angelina Jolie


Nowhere Man, Aleksander Hemon


Of Beetles & Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, Mawi Asgedom


Refugee, Adnan Mahmutovic -- a collection of stories and essays inspired by the author's flight from Bosnia and life in Sweden as a refugee 


Slave, Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis -- a memoir of a woman who was a slave in Khartoum


The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, Kati Marton


The Land of Green Ghosts, Pascal Khoo Thwe


The Middle of Everywhere, Mary Pipher -- **** highly recommended; about refugees resettling in Lincoln, Nebraska


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman


They Poured Down Fire on Us and from the Sky, Deng, Deng, Ajak and Bernstein


What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng , Dave Eggers -- about a Sudanese refugee who ultimately moves to Atlanta, Georgia --- read the review here:


Other Nonfiction:


Refugee Women, Susan Forbes Marin


Refugees in a Global Era, Philip Marfleet


Global Changes in Asylum Regimes: Closing Doors, Daniele Joly


The Price of Indifference: Refugees and Humanitarian Action in the New Country, Arthur Helton


Problems of Protection: The UNHCR, Refugees, and Human Rights, Steiner, Gibney & Loescher


The Politics and Ethics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response of Refugees, Gibney


Homecomings: Unsettling Paths of Return, Markowitz Y Stefansson


Coming Home? Refugees, Migrants, and Those Who Stayed Behind, Long Y Oxfeld


Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizens, and the New America, Aihwa Ong


Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology Among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania, Lisa H. Malkki


Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps, Julie Peteet


In the Land of the Magic Soldiers, Daniel Bergner




A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan, Kim Shelton, 61 min.


Rain in a Dray Land, Anne Makepeace


Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Zack Niles & Banker White


Lost Boys of Sudan, Megan Mylan & Jon Shenk, 87 min.


Roosevelt's America, Roger Weisberg & Tod Lending


And God Grew Tired of Us, Christopher Quinn


Becoming America, Ken Levine & Ivory Waterworth Levine


The Lost Boys, Clive Gordon, 77 min.


Afghan Stories, Taran Davies, 58 min.


The Valley, Dan Reed, 70 min.


Being Hmong Means Being Free, 56 min.


Blue Collar and Buddha, Taggart Siegel, 57 min.


Bui Doi: Life Like Dust, Mishan & Rothenberg, 57 min.


First Person Plural, Deann Borshay, 56 min.


The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, Taggart Siegel, 60 min.


Letter Back Home, Lacroix & Thepkaysone, 14 min.


Reflections: Returning fo Vietnam, 30 min.


Shadow Over Tibet: Stories in Exile, Rachel Lyon, 57 min.


In This World, Michael Winterbottom, 88 min.


Poetical Refugee, Adbel Kechiche, 130 min.


From Refugee to Immigrant: A Story of Three Kosovar Albanian Americans, Friedland & Fissel


Asylum, McLeod & Reticker, 20 min.


Asylum, Gary Beitel, 78 min.


The Day My God Died, Andrew Levine, 70 min.


Brothers & Others, Nicolas Rossier, 54 min.


Beautiful People, Jasmin Dizdar, 107 min.


Catfish in Black Bean Sauce, Chi Moui Lo, 119 min.


A Family Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story, Christopher Leitch, 90 min.


Fire Dancer, Jawed Wassel, 79 min.


The Letter, Ziad Hamzeh, 76 min.


Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey, Jim Burroughs, 57 min.


Journey to Kapasseni: A Refugee's Gift, Bill Weaver, 51 min.


TL Xmas, School Daze, and Home, 50 min.


Refugee, Spencer Nakasako


Kelly Loves Tony, Spencer Nakasako, 57 min.