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The Opportunity Book Club

A global community of readers who love learning about cultures and experiences around the world.

The Opportunity Book Club offered 65 recommendations over six years that showcased international authors, characters residing in the countries where Opportunity operates, or themes centered around global poverty and development. The Club is no longer active, but you can still peruse these great selections below!

2023 Books

January: 5 Books We Loved in 2022

February: Solito by Javier Zamora

March: Honor by Thrity Umrigar

April: Small Country by Gaël Faye

May: The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

June: We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai

July: Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

2022 Books

January: The Memory of an Elephant by Alex Lasker

February: Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

March: Strong Connections: Stories of Resilience from the Far Reaches of the Mobile Phone Revolution by Rosa Wang

April: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

May: Think Again by Adam Grant

June: Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds by Mondiant Dogon

July: Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

August: Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia by Michael Crawley

September: Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

October: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

November: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

December: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli

2021 Books

January: A Burning by Megha Majumdar

February: Range by David Epstein

March: A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

April: Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza

May: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

June: How I Learned to Understand the World by Hans Rosling

July: His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

August: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Varghese

September: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

October: The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer

November: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

December: UnPoverty by Mark Lutz

2020 Books

January: Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

February: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

March: Looking Up by Michele Sullivan

April: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

May: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

June: The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah

July: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

August: The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

September: City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence

October: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

November: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

December: The Dragons, The Giant, The Women by Wayétu Moore

2019 Books

January: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

February: Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

March: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

April: The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

May: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

June: King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

July: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

August: A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

September: The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

October: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

November: Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

December: Monstress by Lysley Tenorio 

2018 Books

March: Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

April: We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch 

May: China in 10 Words by Yu Hua

June: Factfulness by Hans Rosling

July: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

August: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

September: Bigger Than Me by Ward Brehm

October: Charity Detox by Robert Lupton

November: Indonesia, Etc. by Elizabeth Pisani

December: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

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