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The Opportunity International Book Club

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

With monthly book recommendations featuring international authors, characters living in the countries in which Opportunity works, or issues related to global poverty and development, the Book Club is a great way to learn and explore—right from the comfort of your couch.


Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles William Elliot

How the Opportunity Book Club works

  1. Each month, we select a book about a region of the world in which Opportunity works, a topic we want to learn more about (like poverty, development, philanthropy, generosity, or global economics), or an issue that is relevant to our clients. The books range in length, genre, and narrative style, so there is something for everyone on the list!
  2. We’ll send you an email announcing the book of the month—just sign up to stay up to date! We’ll also share the book in our Facebook group.
  3. You can share your thoughts, questions, and opinions on the book in our Facebook group. It’s a great way to connect with readers all over the world.
  4. Want to talk about a book in person? Great! Gather a few friends, put out some wine and cheese, and start chatting. Our full list of Book Club selections is always available to you—so you can always find a book of interest.

Sign up for the book club!

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

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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