Books for Mature Teens and Adults

Theme: People of the World

The Kite Runner - (ISBN: 1594481776)

by Khaled Hosseini

This moral tale pits the changing relationship of two childhood friends, upperclass Amir and servant class Hassan, against the backdrop of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Talk about your closest childhood friends with your children and what has happened to them. Did anything occur that made you change your view of the relationship?

The Life of Pi - (ISBN: 0770430074)

by Yann Martel

In an Eastern take on Noah’s ark combined with Robinson Crusoe, a 16-year-old young man from India, Pi, finds himself, after a shipwreck, traveling with a menagerie that includes a 450 pound tiger, Richard Parker. Eventually the survival contest centers on an uneasy peace between Pi and Parker. Before you read this book, make a list of ways you might cope if you found yourself shipwrecked with a wild animal.

A Widow for One Year - (ISBN: 978-0812968576)

by John Irving

Activities for this Theme

Try a different style of makeup (mehendi) which originated in India.


Take a trip to a Greek festival.