Must Reads for 2005

Here are some of my must reads for 2005.  Some of them are new some older ones I should have read.  Shop links are for Waterstones/Amazon UK (shipping costs from US to Spain are astronomical) or from publisher.  If you are US based then I suggest Powells Books

Ursula Owen & Judith Vidal-Hall (Eds) Does God Love Democracy.   A series of essays investigating religious fundamentalism and intolerance.  The essays cover the US, India, Russia, Poland and Sri Lanka.

Josee Lambert  They Call Them Terrorists: During the South Lebanon Occupation.  Immortalisng South Lebanon’s anguish – everyday acts of resistance by everday people

Kevin Bales Disposable People – New Slavery in the Global Economy

Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Hochschild Global Women – Nannies Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy

Steve Bell   Apes of Wrath –  A record of the Bush presidency and the Blair sycophancy by the Guardian cartoonist

Chimamanda Ngozi Purple Hibiscus. Nigerian writer’s first novel. From the reviews I think this one will be a journey back home.

Alexis De Veaux Warrior Poet – A Biography of Audre Lorde

Romeo Dallaire Shake Hands with the Devil – The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda – a couple of interviews with Dallaire can be heard  at   PBS  and NPR

Toyin Falola A Mouth Sweeter than Salt – An African Memoir

Older – pre 2004

Mahmood Mamdani When Victims Become Killers – Colonialism, Nativism and the Genocide in Rwanda

Fadwa El Guindi Veil – Modesty, Privacy and Resistance