Wrong with the World

Books that probe our most persistent global problems through literature.

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in historical fiction set in a Japanese POW . Lovers of forbidden love stories. Fans of fiction that jumps between the past and the present in Australia.


  • The Disappeared

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of romantic, historical fiction. Readers interested in the story of a young Canadian compelled to travel to war-ravaged Cambodia in search of her first love. Fans interested in Pol Pot’s reign of terror.


  • Day after Night

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of historical fiction Readers looking for a story of four Jewish women who meet in an Israeli holding camp after surviving World War II Fans of books with strong female leads


  • Zeitoun

    Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American father of four, is in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina strikes. Refusing to leave, he uses a canoe to navigate the flooded streets of New Orleans, bringing supplies to fellow survivors. A week later, he disappears. In this riveting work of non-fiction, Eggers examines one life...


  • Redeployment

    In this stunning collection of short stories, Phil Klay (veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps) offers a heart-stopping look into the realities of the war in Iraq and the difficulties for everyone involved. Perfect for: • Those interested in gaining a new perspective on the war in Iraq. • Lovers...


  • The Yellow Birds

    An emotional account of friendship during times of war, Powers delivers a gripping story of two soldiers (eighteen-year-old, Private Murphy, and twenty-one-year-old, Private Bartle) fighting in Iraq. To say more would ruin this powerful narrative of war and its horrific consequences on the human psyche. Perfect for:  Lovers of intellectually-written...


  • Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India

    The Pink Gang is a vigilante group of women dressed in pink saris who carry pink sticks. Their goal: to battle injustice against women in India. In this riveting, non-fictional account, journalist Fontanella-Khan, follows the case of Sheelu Nisad – a woman accused of a crime by a politician who...


  • The Orphan Master’s Son

    While he works for a corrupt and hungry, North Korea, Pak Jun Do must impress his superiors to move up the ranks. In a world where citizens are forced to subsume their identities to the propaganda of the state, is there room for truth and love? Part adventure, a dash of romance,...


  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    Named for the Chinese proverb – Women hold up half the sky – this compelling investigation exposes the oppression of women across the world. Award-winning writers (and husband-and-wife), Kristof and WuDunn, tackle disturbing subjects including sex trafficking and other forms of mistreatment, while offering ideas on how to find solutions.Perfect...


  • 419

    In Nigeria, “419” refers to a code of law dealing with fraud. In this suspenseful story about desperate acts – and the difficult reasons behind them – Ferguson takes readers to Africa to discover the how and why behind the world of fraudulent emails – and the four people whose...


  • Between Shades of Grey

    Fifteen-year old Lina’s world is torn apart when she is deported from Lithuania to a Siberian work camp. Inspired by the real-life stories of the survivors of Stalin’s reign of terror (during which time over 20 million people were killed), this novel tells of suffering and hope under unbearably harsh...


  • Thirty Girls

    When 130 Ugandan girls are kidnapped from a Catholic school, one of the nuns negotiates the return of all but thirty girls. This is the heartbreaking story of Esther – who got left behind, and of the journalist trying to understand and write about what happened.Perfect for:Readers interested in human...


  • Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

    Seasoned economic journalist, Chrystia Freeland, offers an accessible exploration of history and the social factors that have led up to the present-day .01%’s claim to the largest-piece-of-the-‘economic’-pie. There are few books on the economy that are this plentiful with rich (no pun intended) anecdotes. With access into the worlds of...


  • In Search of April Raintree

    In Manitoba, two Metis sisters, April and Cheryl grow up separately – having been removed from their Aboriginal community and placed in the foster care system. Raintree provides a disturbing look into the cultural trauma of one Aboriginal family, and the intricate process of forming an identity when it has...


  • We Need New Names

    In this phenomenal novel, Darling grows up in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe where her and her friends steal guavas during the day and play games to pass the time. They have been violently evicted from their houses and launched into serious poverty. When Darling travels to Detroit to live with her aunt,...


  • Regeneration (Regeneration #1)

    In Barker’s masterful work, she explores the psychological effects of WWI on soldiers – and the harrowing experience of shock treatments conducted at military hospitals. Great for: • Those interested in learning more about WWI – through the soldier’s perspective. • Readers of PTSD literature. • Lovers of quality writing...


  • Beaufort

    FULL DISCLOSURE: Ron is my cousin! Having said that, this brilliant debut novel takes a look into the absurdist, terrifying, elusive and sometimes-comic reasons behind centuries-old conflict. The novel follows a group of Israeli soldiers as they stand guard over a mound of land in Southern Lebanon, surrounded by an...


  • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History

    This brilliant graphic memoir tells the story of Art Spiegelman’s experience during WWII: the well-known graphic artist uses mice and cats – respectively – to represent the Jews and Nazis in this moving testament to his father and to the strength involved in surviving to tell the tale. Great for:...


  • A People’s History of the United States

    A modern-day classic, Zinn explores American history from the perspective of the oppressed. Chronicling the earliest decades of Native Americans to the final moments of the 20th century, this book makes the perfect present for the history buff with a conscience. Great for: Readers interested in American history told from...


  • The Things They Carried

    Few writers can bring the devastation, existential pointlessness and horror of the Vietnam War into our psyche like Tim O’Brien: considered a modern classic, The Things they Carried, sifts through past and present to offer a compelling, honest look at characters experiencing the emotional trauma and ultimate salvation that penetrates...


  • Funny Boy

    Set against the violent tension between with Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka, Funny Boy follows one boy’s struggles to come to terms with his sexuality to the dismay of his family, and in the danger of his intolerant world.Great for:• A beautiful novel about the difficulties of growing up...


  • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

    When Conor Grennan decides to travel the world to impress girls, he can never imagine how much his life will change: while volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal, he comes to understand the human trafficking problem in the country and its horrific consequences. On a mission to reunite these orphans...


  • We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow we Will be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

    Gourevitch brings the horror of the Rwandan genocide, a story vastly unknown and underreported, to the forefront in this horrifying yet enduring testament to the human spirit: his interviews with survivors give the book a human (and deeply accessible) feel for something so many of us choose to look away...


  • Man’s Search for Meaning

    Viktor E. Frankl’s generous memoir offers readers a chance to read about his experience as an Auschwitz-survivor, and how he learnt to cope with life’s horrific tragedies with an always-inspiring change-of-perspective. A must-read for everyone.Great for:Anyone going through an existential crisisThose looking to connect with life on a more meaningful...


  • Columbine

    Cullen offers a fascinating and deeply disturbing debunking of the myths surrounding the Columbine school shooting in Colarado. An astonishing look into human psychopathy and those who are victims to its manipulation.Great for:Anyone who wants the real story behind Columbine’s oft-mythologized tragedyThose interested in human psychologyReaders of non-fiction of any...


  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    In Katherine Boo’s searing book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning-journalist explores life and death in the Mumbai slum of Annawadi. Through haunting and unforgettable inhabitants, Boo introduces us to some of India’s poorest living conditions, positioned just behind its wealthiest hotels. The book weaves humour and pathos into a tapestry of astonishing...