Human Rights Watch Book List

By Green Apple Books

By Green Apple Books


Yaa Gyasi

$16.95 $15.59

It does so much in so few pages. It helps us to better understand race, colonialism, our history, and humanity with exquisite storytelling. -- Jen Haile, HRW City Director, San Francisco

We Need New Names

Noviolet Bulawayo

$16.99 $15.63

A coming-of-age story that does a great job of capturing the interior landscape of a 10 year old girl, Darling, growing up in Zimbabwe. The voice of the main character, Darling, along with the vivid descriptions of her life in "Paradise" make the book immersive while also keeping it fun even when some heavy themes are dealt with. -- Vuyisile Ncube, HRW Fellow, Environment & Human Rights

Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol

Kelly Lytle Hernandez


the untold history of the United States Border Patrol from its beginnings in 1924 as a small peripheral outfit to its emergence as a large professional police force, essential for understanding where border enforcement is now. -- Clara Long, HRW Associate Director, US Program

The Redshirt

Corey Sobel

$29.95 $27.55

A delicate, lyrical exploration of toxic masculinity and how it corrodes society and lives. It's also a book about love -- between two men who are friends, two men who are lovers, and a man and a game he's falling out of love with after letting it define most of his young life. And how better to tell it than an American college football team. I hate football, but I couldn't stop reading this book. -- Kyle Knight, HRW Senior Researcher, LGBT Rights Program

The Leopard

Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

$16.95 $15.59

Beautiful written story about a country and a family in transition. -- Benjamin Ward, HRW Deputy Director Europe and Central Asia Divsion

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

Carolyn Forché

$18.00 $16.56

Stunning first-hand account of the lead-up to El Salvador's civil war by a preeminent poet. -- Maria McFarland, HRW Senior Legal Advisor


Akwaeke Emezi

$16.00 $14.72

Fresh, sharp-edged, and haunting. The protagonist hosts an array of gods within her, who battle it out. The gender-bending elements of this book are delightful. -- Neela Ghoshal, HRW Associate Director, LGBT Rights Program

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

Barbara Demick

$28.00 $25.76

By far one of the best books I read this year. -- Sophie Richardson, HRW China Director

Small Country

Gaël Faye

$15.00 $13.80

Descriptions of the character's childhood in Burundi are heartwarming, and what happens later is heartbreaking, but always so subtle. I love this writer, who's also a singer. He is French-Rwandan, grew up in Burundi, and moved to France in the early 90s during the war. It's not an autobiography, but a lot is inspired from his memories. -- Camille Marquis, HRW Advocacy Officer

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

Graham Spence and Lawrence Anthony

$18.99 $17.47

It's fascinating how we may be able to understand nature just by opening our senses and embracing patience. A life lesson. -- Sanna Johansen, HRW Acting Stockholm Manager

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Philippe Sands

$19.00 $17.48

Sands weaves together an entertaining story to explain the development of pivotal concepts in international law. -- Andrew Stroehlein, HRW European Media Director

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

$18.00 $16.56

Roy takes on loss, violence, joy, betrayal, and class struggle using characters - a set of twins - who suffer, struggle and love in equal measure, all the while imparting beautiful and heartfelt lessons, indeed inspiration, for our own lives. -- Corinne Dufka, HRW Director, West Africa

Tent of Miracles

Jorge Amado


A wonderful tale that covers multiple generations of family sagas and history in Brazil. -- Elise Keppler, HRW Associate Director, International Justice Program

Oblivion: A Memoir

Héctor Abad

$16.00 $14.72

It combines two big loves: the love for family and the love for human rights. -- Martina Rapido Ragozzino, HRW Research Assistant, Americas Division

Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)

Bernardine Evaristo

$17.00 $15.64

An epic tale of 12 very different women, mainly based in London. The book follows their lives and we soon begin to see their stories overlap and intersect. Evaristo is a magnificent writer and wrote masterfully with a distinctive voice for each of the 12 women. -- Brian Donnelly, HRW Multimedia Associate

Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Meryem Alaoui

$16.99 $15.63

Powerful, spirited, hilarious fiction story. (Also, full disclosure: my wife wrote it.) -- Ahmed Benchemsi, HRW MENA Communications Director

The Mountains Sing

Mai Phan Que Nguyen

$26.95 $24.79

As an American who grew up during the Vietnam War era, it was important for me to see the impact of the war and the experiences of the country from the perspective of a Vietnamese woman and her family. -- Bill Frelick, HRW Director, Refugee and Migrant Rights Division

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah

$15.00 $13.80

It reminds me why our work is so important and necessary in this world. -- Mami Cho, HRW Senior Director, Creative, Development and Outreach

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Patrick Radden Keefe

$16.95 $15.59

Say Nothing is a gripping, thoroughly investigated work of true crime on the period known as The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Radden Keefe also does a commendable job of adding nuance and maintaining as much objectivity as possible. -- Aoife Croucher, HRW Associate, Africa Division

The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi

$16.99 $15.63

Based in Bangkok, this is a near future science fiction/biopunk book that won both of science fiction's most prestigious awards (Hugo award, Nebula award) in the same year, which is a rare thing to do. Refugees, bio-diversity, climate change, rights issues, gene-splitting and artificial intelligence, and everything else combines in a sweeping, dark vision based in Bangkok that shows what could happen if we don't get it right on a global scale. If you enjoy science fiction (like me), this will be a read that you can't put down. -- Phil Robertson, HRW Deputy Director, Asia Division

Middlemarch (Revised)

George Eliot

$12.00 $11.04

It's about a young woman trying to figure out what it means be a good person, which is a question I have yet to fully answer. -- Grace Meng, HRW Associate Director, US Program

Neopatriarchy: A Theory of Distorted Change in Arab Society

Hisham Sharabi


Extremely smart, pioneering theory. -- Amr Magdi, HRW Researcher, Middle East and North Africa

The Overstory

Richard Powers

$18.95 $17.43

Every single word is a revelation. You need a quiet place to read these stories of humans inhabiting the world, which is a world of trees. -- Jessica Jones, HRW UK Manager, Development & Outreach

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

$29.00 $26.68

Powerful feminist thinking, including prose and poetry, on the climate crisis. -- Akshaya Kumar, HRW Director of Crisis Advocacy

Second Person Singular

Sayed Kashua

$16.00 $14.72

A psychological mystery filled with absurdity and dry wit. Each of the main characters offers a window into the prejudices and longings of Arabs and Jews living in Jerusalem. -- Mary Lagomarsino, HRW Senior Associate, Development

The Memory of Love

Aminatta Forna

$16.00 $14.72

Beautifully written, deeply engaging story of characters wrestling with complex situations amid conflict in Sierra Leone. -- Elise Keppler, HRW Associate Director, International Justice Program

The Mothers

Brit Bennett


It's a beautifully written book that stuck with me for a long time after reading it. -- Floriane Borel, HRW United Nations Advocacy Coordinator

The Spinoza Problem

Irvin D. Yalom

$17.98 $16.54

I love historical fiction and this book manages to combine two distinct very different periods and two very distinct personalities with each other in an impressive way. Additionally I have always admired the writings of Spinoza and this book provides an interesting exploration of what could have been his drivers and personal musings. The same goes for the other main character, making this book an intelligently crafted journey into different psyches and times. -- Lennart Freud, HRW Development and Outreach Officer