2016 - 2017 San Francisco & East Bay Books

The Little Ice Age, by Brian Fagan

Prisoners of Geography, by Tim Marshall

Family, by Ba Jin

Paradise in Ashes, by Beatriz Manz

The Myth of Continents, by Martin W. Lewis & Kären Wigen

The World and a Very Small Place in Africa: A History of Globalization in Niumi, the Gambia, by Donald R. Wright

Famine, by Cormac Ó Gráda

Where the Jews Aren't, by Masha Gessen

Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China, by Alec Ash


Migration and Diasporas & Cross-Cultural Interactions

Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History, by Kathleen Lopez

Migration: A World History, by Michael C. Fisher

The End of Empire: Attila the Hun & the Fall of Rome, by Christopher Kelly

Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman Middle East, by Ehud R. Toledano

A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, by Thomas Keneally

After Explusion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry, by Jonathan S. Ray

Immigrants in the Lands of Promise, by Samuel L. Baily

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp, by Ben Rawlence

Carbon Democracy, by Timothy Mitchell


The Modern World

Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul, by Charles King

Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India, by Amana Fontanella-Khan

The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, by David Reynold

A History of Future Cities, by Daniel Brook


Religion and the State

From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia, by Pankaj Mishra

Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words: Histories of Buddhist Monastic Education in Laos and Thailand, by Justin McDaniel

The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future, by Vali R. Nasr

Shinto and the State, 1868-1988, by Helen Hardacre

The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti, by Kate Ramsey


Travel Narratives

Disorienting Encounters: Travels of a Moroccan Scholar in France in 1845-1846, Susan Gilson Miller, (trans. and ed.)

An Area of Darkness, by V. S. Naipaul

Drifting Toward the Southeast: The Story of Five Japanese Castaways, by Junya Nagakuni and Junji Kitadai

Travel Writing 1700-1830: An Anthology, Elizabeth A. Bohls & Ian Duncan, eds. 

Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thubron

A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People, by Zhou Daguan (author), Peter Harris (trans.)

The Hye Ch'O Diary: Memoir of the Pilgrimage to the Five Regions of India, by Hye Ch'O, Jan Yun-Hua, Iido Shotaro, Yang Han-Sung (authors) and Laurence Preston (ed).


Trade, Finance & the Global Economy

Conspiracy of Paper, by David Liss

The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chunking Mansions, Hong Kong, by Gordon Mathews

Debt, The First 5000 Years, by David Graeber

Before European Hegemony: The World System 1250 - 1350, by Janet Abu-Lughod

The Middle East in the World Economy, 1800 - 1914, by Roger Owen


Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean: Seas in History, by Michael Pearson

The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma, by Thant Myint-U

Maritime SE Asia to 1500, by Lynda Shaffer

Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh

East Africa and the Indian Ocean, by Edward Alpers

Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History, by Giles Milton

Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, by Robert D. Kaplan


Transnational Transgressions

Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age, by Marcus Rediker

McMafia : A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, by Misha Glenny

Smuggling: Contraband and Corruption in World History, by Alan Karras

The Great Hedge of India, Roy Moxham

Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865-1915, Eric Tagliacozzo

The Looming Tower, Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright

No Boundaries, Transnational Latino Gangs and American Law Enforcement, by Tom Diaz


Central America and the Caribbean

A Brief History of Central America by Perez-Brignoli

Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois.

BANANAS: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World, by Peter Chapman.

Black Shack Alley by Joseph Zobel

Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under US Imperial Rule, by Michel Gobat

After Fidel, Updated Edition: Raul Castro and the Future of Cuba's Revolution by Brian Latell