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    Category: Men Making Change

    It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace

    By Rye Barcott

    In 2000 Rye Barcott, a college student heading into the Marines, spent time living in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He learned Swahili and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined.

    Anxious to help he stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse and a hardscrabble community organizer. Together, this unlikely trio built a non-governmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa's largest slums. Barcott's greatest lesson may be that with the right kind of support, people in desperate places will take charge of their lives and create breathtaking change.


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    Leaving Microsoft to Change The World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children

    By John Wood

    John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work not at business school or helping lead Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas.

    He made the difficult decision to walk away from his lucrative career to create Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes education across the developing world. By the end of 2007, the organization will have established over 5,000 libraries and 400 schools, and awarded long-term scholarships to more than 3,000 girls, giving more than one million children the lifelong gift of education.


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    Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

    By Tracy Kidder

    Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, world-class Robin Hood, Paul Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat. In medical school he found his life's calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.

    This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable. It also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer blasts through convention to get results.


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    Free the Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves that Children Can Change the World

    By Craig Kielburger

    Craig Kielburger is an activist prodigy who, at 12, was talking to national leaders, lecturing in public forums, and following the burning passion that would not allow him to overlook cruel injustices thrust upon children around the world.

    Inspired by a newspaper article about a young boy's murder at the hands of his boss in Pakistan, Kielburger set forth on an international crusade against child sweatshops, virtual slave labor, and the abhorrent working conditions to which many children worldwide are subjected. An inspiring book about the power young people can wield to change the world.


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    A Long Walk to Water: Based on a true story

    By Linda Sue Park

    Set in Sudan, this is a novel that tells two stories—one about a contemporary child who spends her days fetching water, the other about one of this African country's "lost boys."

    Simply and economically written, this account of the experiences of a young Sudanese refugee is suspenseful, poignant, and personal. The ending, which brings together the two separate narrative strands, is unexpected and moving.


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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    By William Kamkwamba

    William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a land withered by drought and hunger. He had read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring his family electricity and running water, luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford.

    He used scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves to forge a crude machine that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second windmill turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine looming with every season. This is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity.


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    The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

    By Kevin Salwen, Hannah Salwen

    Fourteen-year old Hannah Salwen had a "eureka" moment—she saw a homeless man in her neighborhood at the precise second a Mercedes coupe pulled up. She said "You know, Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal."

    Her parents knew they had to act on her urge to do something. As a family, they made the extraordinary decision to sell their Atlanta mansion, downsize to a house half its size, and give half of the sale price to a worthy charity. What began as an outlandish scheme became a remarkable journey that transported them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone. In the end they learned that they had the power to change a little corner of the world—and they found themselves changing, too.


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    There is No Me Without You

    By Melissa Fay Greene

    Two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene puts a human face on the African AIDS crisis with this powerful story of one woman working to save her country's children. After losing her husband and daughter, Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman of modest means, opened her home to some of the thousands of children in Addis Ababa who have been left as orphans.

    This is the story of how Haregewoin transformed her home into an orphanage and day-care center and began facilitating adoptions to homes all over the world, written by a woman who is herself an adoptive parent. At heart, it is a book about children and parents, wherever they may be, however they may find each other.


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    The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

    By Somaly Mam

    Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For ten years she was shuttled through the brothels of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking until she managed to escape.

    Emboldened by her newfound freedom, education, and security, Somaly blossomed into an activist. She has orchestrated raids on brothels and rescued sex workers, built shelters, started schools, and founded an organization that has saved more than 4,000 women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Her memoir will leave you awestruck by her tenacity and courage and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.


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    On that Day, Everybody Ate: One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti

    By Margaret Trost

    Margaret Trost was in her 30s when her husband died suddenly of asthma, leaving her to raise their young son alone. In despair, seeking meaning in her life and in her husband's death, she accepted an invitation to visit Haiti as part of a pilgrimage of reverse mission, to serve the poor as a means to transform the providers.

    This is a moving account of her immersion in the West's most impoverished nation. As she struggles to make sense of such extreme conditions existing so near the US, readers discover with her the healing power of reaching out. In straightforward, conversational prose, with humility, candor, and love, Trost shares the story of a serendipitous flow of events that guided her on her passage from despair to hope.


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    The Breadwinner Trilogy

    By Deborah Ellis

    Set in Afghanistan and Pakistan, this three-part novel paints a stark portrait of life under the Taliban regime. The struggles faced by the story's resilient heroines are based on the true-life stories of women in Afghan refugee camps.

    Deborah Ellis uses simple, compelling language, memorable characters, and a wealth of imaginative detail in this wrenching look at the human cost of war that is also a surprisingly hopeful story of survival.


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    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    By Katherine Boo

    From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.

    From Barnes & Noble: Not far from the Mumbai airport with its nearby luxury hotels sits Annawadi, a shadowy slum that tourist bureaus would prefer you never see. Teeming with life and riddled by corruption, this makeshift settlement is home to thousands of stories of hope and heartbreak. Award-winning New Yorker journalist Katherine Boo spent three years researching and chronicling the often fast-changing fortunes of teenage scavengers and impoverished mothers hell-bent on saving their daughters.


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    The Smartest Kids in the World(and how they got that way)

    By Amanda Ripley

    In her quest to find to find answers to how children are adapting to a new, globalized, ever-changing world, Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans living in foreign countries for one year.

    Kim, fifteen, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, eighteen, exchanges a high-achieving Minnesota suburb for South Korea; and Tom, seventeen, leaves a historic Pennsylvania village for Poland.

    Through these young adventurers, Ripley meets teachers, reformers, and students from all over the globe. Their stories, along with groundbreaking research into learning in other cultures, reveal a pattern of transformation. Described as a journalistic tour de force, The Smartest Kids in the World is a book about building resilience in a new world, as told by the young Americans who have the most at stake.


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    The Children of Sanchez: Autobiography of a Mexican Family

    By Oscar Lewis

    A pioneering work from a visionary anthropologist, The Children of Sanchez is hailed around the world as a watershed achievement in the study of poverty–a uniquely intimate investigation, as poignant today as when it was first published.

    It is the epic story of the Sánchez family, told entirely by its members–Jesus, the 50-year-old patriarch, and his four adult children–as their lives unfold in the Mexico City slum they call home. Weaving together their extraordinary personal narratives, Oscar Lewis creates a sympathetic but ultimately tragic portrait that is at once harrowing and humane, mystifying and moving.

    An invaluable document, full of verve and pathos, The Children of Sanchez reads like the best of fiction, with the added impact that it is all, undeniably, true.

I Care Book Fair

The I Care Book Fair is a marketplace of books about adults and children making courageous commitments to serve communities around the world, especially those with significant numbers of orphans and vulnerable children. Mothering Across Continents (MAC) supporters and volunteers recommend the collection detailed here in three categories. The selections underline our idea that in a global era "maternal instincts" and "mothering" often extend well-beyond beyond our own families and geographic borders.

  • A portion of each sale will fund MAC support of projects in places such as Haiti, South Africa, Rwanda and South Sudan.
  • We invite book clubs to read at least one book from the list in the next year and make a tax-deductible donation of any size.
  • Please join is in discussing these books at www.facebook.com/MotheringAcrossContinents.

IMPORTANT: During your buying and checkout process, you may see a box asking you to indicate if your purchase is for the Bookfair. This question is not for the Mothering Across Continents (MAC) I Care Book Fair. The box is for a different Barnes & Noble Bookfair program. DO NOT check the box at the bottom of the screen indicating your order is a Bookfair order. Instead, just go ahead and complete your order so that a percentage of the sale will go to MAC.

Women Making Change
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
By Katherine Boo
On that Day, Everybody Ate
By Margaret Trost
The Road of Lost Innocence
By Somaly Mam
There is No Me Without You
By Melissa Fay Greene

Men Making Change
Mountains Beyond Mountains
By Tracy Kidder
Leaving Microsoft to Change The World
By John Wood
It Happened on the Way to War
By Rye Barcott
Children & Families Making Change
The Children of Sanchez
By Oscar Lewis
The Smartest Kids in the World
By Amanda Ripley
The Breadwinner Trilogy
By Deborah Ellis
The Power of Half
By Kevin Salwen, Hannah Salwen
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
By William Kamkwamba
A Long Walk to Water
By Linda Sue Park
Free the Children
By Craig Kielburger