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We all get landlocked within our own culture occasionally. It feels comfortable to hang out with like-minded people that don’t challenge our reality.

What gets missed in that comfort zone is the beautiful diversity that humans bring to the universe.

These books about understanding global cultures can open your eyes to what is happening in the world around you. By embracing this diversity, even in small ways, we become stronger people.

1. Mrs. Dalloway

If you want to learn more about what society was like after the first world war, this intriguing book from Virginia Woolf will have you reading from start to finish. It’s an excellent resource for anyone wanting to see how mental illnesses were perceived in the early part of the century.

2. Things Fall Apart

Is it better to keep things how they are, or should we embrace change? This book tackles the debate between the modern vs. the traditional, taking you to the Nigerian tribes to see their practices and customs. It shows the positive and negative lessons learned from the period of African colonization.

3. Americanah

Race in America has come back into the spotlight after the murder of George Floyd and the deaths of several African-Americans in police custody. This book takes a deep dive into the racism that grips the United States, delivering a riveting commentary about the potential inequalities of the American Dream.

4. The Forty Rules of Love

This book takes the reader on two journeys. Each tale is separated by a few centuries, but it still feels connected naturally. You’ll get a glimpse of Turkish society and how ancient doctrines often impact a person’s life.

When we take the time to get to know each other, the world becomes a friendlier, more peaceful place. These books are a great place to start!

For additional help in understanding other cultures, try exploring how others celebrate holidays in different ways.

Scott Larson