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Song of a Captive Bird

Song of a Captive Bird
  • Author(s): Jasmin Darznik
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of...

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Song of Songs

Song of Songs
  • Author(s): Marc Graham
  • Location(s): Middle East, Yemen
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 10th century bce

Lift the veil of legend for the untold story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Bathsheba, wife and mother of Israel’s first kings. When Makeda, the slave-born daughter of the chieftain of Saba, comes of age, she wins...

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Song of Survival: Women Interned

Song of Survival: Women Interned
  • Author(s): Helen Colijn
  • Location(s): Java
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): World War II

“Song of Survival”, Helen Colijn’s account of her wartime experiences, is a window into a largely overlooked dimension of World War 2—the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese and how these prisoners of war...

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Song of the Buffalo Boy

Song of the Buffalo Boy
  • Author(s): Sherry Garland
  • Location(s): Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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Song of the Cuckoo Bird

Song of the Cuckoo Bird
  • Author(s): Amulya Malladi
  • Location(s): South India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940 to early 2000s

A sweeping epic set in southern India, where a group of outcasts create a family while holding tight to their dreams. Barely a month after she is promised in marriage, eleven-year-old orphan Kokila comes to Tella Meda, an ashram...

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Song of the Exile

Song of the Exile
  • Author(s): Kiana Davenport
  • Location(s): Hawaii
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): WWII

Kiana Davenport immerses the reader into the land, history, and culture of the Hawaiian islands. Her own ancestry reaches back to the first Polynesians who settled in the islands more than 2000 years ago, and with a Hawaiian mother...

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Songs At the River’s Edge: Stories From a Bangladeshi Village

Songs At the River’s Edge: Stories From a Bangladeshi Village
  • Author(s): Katy Gardner
  • Location(s): Bangladesh
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Katy Gardner’s account of her fifteen-month stay in the small Bangladeshi village of Talukpur has become a classic study of rural life in South Asia. Through a series of beautifully crafted narratives, the villagers and their stories are brought...

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Songs by Dead Girls

Songs by Dead Girls
  • Author(s): Lesley Kelly
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When Scotland’s leading virologist goes missing, Mona and Paterson from the Health Enforcement Team are dispatched to London to find him. In a hot and unwelcoming city, Mona has to deal with a boss who isn’t speaking to her,...

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Songs from the Violet Cafe

Songs from the Violet Cafe
  • Author(s): Fiona Kidman
  • Location(s): New Zealand
  • Era(s): 1940s

New Zealand, 1943. Violet Trench crosses Lake Rotorua with a small boy, Wing Lee, but rows back alone. Twenty years later, the same body of water is the scene of an event that will have lasting repercussions for Violet...

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Songs My Mother Never Taught Me

Songs My Mother Never Taught Me
  • Author(s): Selcuk Altun
  • Location(s): Istanbul (Constantinople)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): early 21st century

After the death of his overbearing mother, the privileged Arda reclines in his wealth, reflecting on his young life, and on the life of his father, the famous mathematician Mürsel Ergenekon, who was murdered on Arda’s fourteenth birthday. While...

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