These books are related to the subject matter of Escape from Communist Heaven. Some are specifically about Vietnam, and others address human rights issues in other parts of the world.
- Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, Philomel Books, 2011
- Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick, Balzer + Bray, 2012
- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, Penguin Group, 2003
- The Will of Heaven, Nguyen Ngoc Ngan and E.E. Richie, Dutton Adult, 1982
- The Vietnamese Gulag, Doan Van Toai and David Chanoff, Simon and Schuster, 1986
- Perfume Dreams, Andrew Lam, Heyday, 2005
- Vietnam Under Communism, Nguyen Van Canh, Hoover Institution Press, 1985