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I just finished Ishmael Beah's book, "A Long Way Gone." It is a touching and amazing story of his experiences as a child in war-torn Sierra Leone. Some of his descriptions of place are so incredible I felt like I was seeing parts of the world through his eyes. He even made places I have seen come alive in a new way. As an AP Human Geography and environmental science teacher, I plan to integrate parts of his story into my classroom. It really is that good!


A Far off Place with Reese Witherspoon is a beautiful movie about Botswana. A Far Country by Daniel Mason is an excellent book about an unnamed Latin country.


_Out of Africa_ was such a beautiful and touching movie and is one of my favorites. After watching the movie I just had to read the book. I'm sorry to say that Africa is the continent that I know least about. :0(


I recently read Kite Runner as well. It's a great book, though at times extremely upsetting to read because of the content. Overall, it's a beautiful, extremely well-written story that humanizes the culture of Afghanistan, something that is often misunderstood and overlooked from an American news perspective.

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