Buying a Kindle did give me more options, however. A few contemporary Brazilian titles, while not available in paperback, do have Kindle editions for purchase on Kindle Brasil. I also discovered a few websites that have almost every classic Brazilian title and a number of more recently published titles available for download as a PDF file, free of charge. Once I've downloaded the file to my desk top, I can send it to my Kindle email account which automatically transfers the file onto the reading device.
So here is the running reading list. Most titles I've read. A few I haven't, but I'll get to them soon. Some titles are higher brow than others. But all are, in some way, shape, or form, related to Brazil.
English language non-fiction:
- Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed by Larry Rohter - modern history of Brazil
- The New Brazil by Riordan Roett - Modern history of Brazil
- Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin - True story of Henry's Ford's failed Amazonian rubber plantation
- The River of Doubt: Theodor Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Miller - True story of President Roosevelt's expedition through the Amazon
- Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro by Janice Perlman - The culmination of four decades of research on life in Rio's "slums" and the policies that perpetuate them
- A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring his Abducted Son Home by David Goldman - David Goldman's account of the repatriation of his son from Brazil
- Culture Is Our Weapon: Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio de Janeiro by Patrick Neate and Damian Platt - Music and grass roots activism in Rio's favelas
- The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir by Fernando Henrique Cardoso - Cardoso's autobiography through the end of his two terms as President of Brazil
- Samba by Alma Guillermoprieto - The author's account of her year living in a favela and dancing with one of Rio's most famous Samba schools
- The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang by Binka Le Breton
English language fiction:
- Heliopolis by James Scudamore - The son of a house keeper is adopted by the family his mother works for and assimilates into their life of luxury
- Brasyl by Ian McDonald - Sci-Fi novel that takes place in Brazil
- O Alquimista by Paulo Coelho (also in English) - Like his other books, heavy on the messaging
- Clandestinos na América by Dau Bastos - Random book I came across for R$ 5 on the street in Rio. Story of two friends in the risky business of illegal immigration to America
- O País Carnaval by Jorge Amado - Amado's first novel, which he published at the age of 19, about a man in search of fulfillment
- Feliz Ano Velho by Marcelo Rubens Paiva - Paiva recounts the true story of an accident that left him paralyzed from the waste down and his long and arduous rehabilitation
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If you have recommendations that aren't already on the list let me know! I'd love to hear from you.