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Changing the World - One $25 Loan at a Time

The International Bank of Bob cover

The International Bank of Bob is the inspiring memoir of an ordinary American who turned his brief brush with opulence into a joyful adventure of investing in the world's working poor (from the jacket).

Bob Harris, hired by ForbesTraveler.com to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, was inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence. He writes, "My Forbes Traveler cash would be about $20,000... I needed to do something good with it." He then started a list of what he hoped he could do with the money.

Help poverty in 3rd world (at least a little)

Help build an economy, not fix emergencies. Long-term, not short

Know what happened to $ - what it did where

What Would You Do??

Cover of Defending Jacob by William Landay

I read Defending Jacob about two months ago and the story and its ethical issues have stayed with me.  Given the circumstances in this well-written novel, I find myself still puzzled about what I would do.  The ending was a complete surprise to me.  What would you do?   

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Women's Travel Writing

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents... Cover

Women, traveling alone, or with other women, have found that it is always an experience - sometimes a good one, sometimes not so good - but inevitably interesting. When you don't have the time or money to travel, take a trip with these women authors and you'll never have to leave the comfort of your home. After reading some of these books, however, you may be inspired to visit a place you've never considered before.

I have always found that after the jet lag has worn off, the bags are unpacked, and the souvenirs distributed, that what lives on for me are the stories of experiences in adapting to different cultures. People who love to travel will appreciate the stories shared by these authors in their travel memoirs.

Following is a list of some of my favorites that are worth a read:

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