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One of the really useful series we have here at Kirkwood is Culture Smart! Each book in the series covers one country in a compact form. Each one includes: local customs and traditions, history, religion, politics, home life, work, play, food and drink, business practices, communication, and dos and don’ts to fit in to the culture. Even if you don’t plan on traveling to the country, these books are also very useful for researching a foreign country or to help you understand someone from there. We have a large selection of these titles so feel free to check for a particular country or to browse, but we just got in a group of brand new ones from the series which I’ve listed below to give you an idea of the span of countries. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

New Database of Country Information

We also have added a database that gives similar information. Global Road Warrior is a more compact description and can be very useful if you need multiple sources or just want to look online.

Recently Published Titles

NOTE: During the course of posting the last two new country information book lists the books were relocated and no longer will be found in the 300s. If you find a title you want in the previous lists linked below, please use the catalog to find the current number or ask a librarian.

Check out these previously shared titles:


 Call Number: 954 G857i 2016 Title: India Author: Becky Stephen

Call Number: 941.5 S424i 2016 Title: Ireland Author: John Scotney

Call Number: 945 A131i 2016 Title: Italy Author: Barry Tomalin

Call Number: 946 M483s 2016 Title: Spain Authors: Marian Meaney and Belen Aguado Viguer

Call Number: 949.4 M467s 2016 Title: Switzerland Author: Kendall Hunter

Call Number: 950 S215m Title: Mongolia Author: Alan Sanders

Call Number: 951.9 H679c 2012 Title: Korea Author: James Hoare

Call Number: 952.05 N825j 2017 Title: Japan Author: Paul Norby

Call Number: 966.7 U91g Title: Ghana Author: Ian Utley

Call Number: 967.62 B282k 2017 Title: Kenya Author: Jane Barsby 

Call Number: 971 L554c 2016 Title: Canada Author: Diane Lemieux

Call Number: 972.91 M135cu Title: Cuba Authors: Mandy Macdonald and Russell Maddicks

Call Number: 994 P413a Title: Australia Authors: Barry Penney and Gina Teague

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