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These books will take you wherever you want to go! Travel anywhere from Russia to France without a flight.

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    Build Your House Around My Body Book Cover Picture
    Build Your House Around My Body Book Cover Picture

    Build Your House Around My Body

    by Violet Kupersmith

    Two young Vietnamese women go missing decades apart. Part puzzle, part revenge tale, part ghost story, this book takes us from colonial mansions to ramshackle zoos, from sweaty nightclubs to the jostling seats of motorbikes. Spanning more than fifty years of Vietnamese history, this time-traveling, heart-pounding, border-crossing fever dream of a novel will haunt you long after the last page.
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    Build Your House Around My Body Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Layover Book Cover Picture
    The Layover Book Cover Picture

    The Layover

    by Lacie Waldon

    The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game in this breezy debut romantic comedy about life–and love–30,000 feet above the ground.
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    The Layover Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Normal People Book Cover Picture
    Normal People Book Cover Picture

    Normal People

    by Sally Rooney

    Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.
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    Normal People Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Art of Patience Book Cover Picture
    The Art of Patience Book Cover Picture

    The Art of Patience

    by Sylvain Tesson

    A journey in search of the Tibetan snow leopard, one of the most elusive creatures on the planet, this book is a celebration of the power and grace of the wild, and a requiem for the world’s vanishing places. The Art of Patience is a revelatory account of the communion between nature and the human heart.
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    The Art of Patience Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    A Paris All Your Own Book Cover Picture
    A Paris All Your Own Book Cover Picture

    A Paris All Your Own

    by Eleanor Brown

    A collection of all-new Paris-themed essays written by some of the biggest names in women’s fiction, including Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler, Maggie Shipstead, and Lauren Willig—edited by Eleanor Brown, the New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris.
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    A Paris All Your Own Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    A Passage North Book Cover Picture
    A Passage North Book Cover Picture

    A Passage North

    by Anuk Arudpragasam

    A young man journeys into Sri Lanka’s war-torn north in this searing novel of longing, loss, and the legacy of war from the author of The Story of a Brief Marriage.  At once a powerful meditation on absence and longing, as well as an unsparing account of the legacy of Sri Lanka’s thirty-year civil war, this procession to a pyre “at the end of the earth” lays bare the imprints of an island’s past, the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.
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    A Passage North Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    China Room Book Cover Picture
    China Room Book Cover Picture

    China Room

    by Sunjeev Sahota

    A transfixing novel about two unforgettable characters seeking to free themselves—one from the expectations of women in early 20th century Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora. At once sweeping and intimate, lush and propulsive, it is a stunning achievement from a contemporary master.
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    China Room Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    When the Ground Is Hard Book Cover Picture
    When the Ground Is Hard Book Cover Picture

    When the Ground Is Hard

    by Malla Nunn

    Discover this heartrending YA tale set in a Swaziland boarding school. Adele Joubert loves being one of the popular girls with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah. But as they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie’s gruff exterior and honesty grows on Adele, and Lottie learns to be a little sweeter. Together, they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers.
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    When the Ground Is Hard Book Cover Picture

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    $9.99

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    Night Boat to Tangier Book Cover Picture
    Night Boat to Tangier Book Cover Picture

    Night Boat to Tangier

    by Kevin Barry

    From the acclaimed author of the international sensations City of Bohane and Beatlebone, a striking and gorgeous novel of two aging criminals at the tail ends of their damage-filled careers. A superbly melancholic melody of a novel full of beautiful phrases and terrible men.
    Night Boat to Tangier Book Cover Picture
    Night Boat to Tangier Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Destination Wedding Book Cover Picture
    Destination Wedding Book Cover Picture

    Destination Wedding

    by Diksha Basu

    What could go wrong at a lavish Indian wedding with your best friend and your entire family? Infused with warmth and charm, Destination Wedding grapples with the nuances of family, careers, belonging, and how we find the people who make a place feel like home.
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    Destination Wedding Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture
    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture

    Lost Roses

    by Martha Hall Kelly

    The bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.
    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture
    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Zo Book Cover Picture

    Zo

    by Xander Miller

    We first meet Zwazo Delalun, or Zo, during his childhood, in the 1990s, in a fishing village on the western tip of Haiti. An orphan, he travels the island in his youth, finding work wherever he can. One morning, he meets Anaya, a nursing student. Their attraction is instantaneous, fierce; what grows between them feels like the destiny-changing love Zo has yearned for. At once suspenseful, heartrending, and gorgeously lyrical, Zo is an unforgettable journey of heroism, grief, redemption, and persistence against all odds.
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    Zo Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Velvet Was the Night Book Cover Picture
    Velvet Was the Night Book Cover Picture

    Velvet Was the Night

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a riveting noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman that brings them together.
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    Velvet Was the Night Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture
    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture

    A Long Petal of the Sea

    by Isabel Allende

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.
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    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Heart and Seoul Book Cover Picture

    Heart and Seoul

    by Jen Frederick

    As a Korean adoptee, Hara Wilson doesn’t need anyone telling her she looks different from her white parents. She thought she had come to terms with it all, but an identity crisis has her running off to Seoul in search of her roots. Hara goes to Korea looking for answers, but what she gets instead is love—a forbidden love that will either welcome Hara home…or destroy her chance of finding one.
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    Heart and Seoul Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    The Tiger Mom's Tale Book Cover Picture

    The Tiger Mom’s Tale

    by Lyn Liao Butler

    When an American woman inherits the wealth of her Taiwanese family, she travels to confront them about their betrayals of the past in this stunning debut by Lyn Liao Butler.
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    The Tiger Mom's Tale Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    99 Nights in Logar Book Cover Picture

    99 Nights in Logar

    by Jamil Jan Kochai

    A dog on the loose. A boy yearning to connect to his family’s roots. A country in the midst of great change. And a vibrant exploration of the power of stories–the ones we tell each other and the ones we find ourselves in.
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    99 Nights in Logar Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Old Drift Book Cover Picture

    The Old Drift

    by Namwali Serpell

    On the banks of the Zambezi River, there is a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here three Zambian families collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. This gripping, unforgettable novel is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time.
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    The Old Drift Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    The Secrets We Kept Book Cover Picture
    The Secrets We Kept Book Cover Picture

    The Secrets We Kept

    by Lara Prescott

    A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.
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    The Secrets We Kept Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Lizzie & Dante Book Cover Picture
    Lizzie & Dante Book Cover Picture

    Lizzie & Dante

    by Mary Bly

    A luscious story of love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for.
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    Lizzie & Dante Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture
    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture

    The Paris Diversion

    by Chris Pavone

    Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems—and that it involves her family.
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    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    What's Left of Me Is Yours Book Cover Picture
    What's Left of Me Is Yours Book Cover Picture

    What’s Left of Me Is Yours

    by Stephanie Scott

    A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, What’s Left of Me Is Yours charts a young woman’s search for the truth about her mother’s life—and her murder. Probing the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, this book asks where we draw the line between passion and possession.
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    What's Left of Me Is Yours Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    To the Land of Long Lost Friends Book Cover Picture
    To the Land of Long Lost Friends Book Cover Picture

    To the Land of Long Lost Friends

    by Alexander McCall Smith

    In the latest book in the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that family relationships are always a tricky proposition—even for Botswana’s premier female detective.
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    To the Land of Long Lost Friends Book Cover Picture

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    $15.95

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    The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba Book Cover Picture

    The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

    by Chanel Cleeton

    At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom in this captivating new novel inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman—Evangelina Cisneros—who changed the course of history.
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    The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Disappearing Earth Book Cover Picture

    Disappearing Earth

    by Julia Phillips

    In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer’s virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.
    Disappearing Earth Book Cover Picture
    Disappearing Earth Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    China Book Cover Picture

    China

    by Edward Rutherfurd

    China: The Novel brings to life the rich terrain of this vast and constantly evolving country. From Shanghai to Nanking to the Great Wall, Edward Rutherfurd chronicles the turbulent rise and fall of empires as the colonial West meets the opulent and complex East in a dramatic struggle between cultures and people.
    China Book Cover Picture
    China Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    Paris by the Book Book Cover Picture

    Paris by the Book

    by Liam Callanan

    Charming, haunting, and triumphant, Paris by the Book follows one woman’s journey as she writes her own story, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.
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    Paris by the Book Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture
    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture

    Arctic Dreams

    by Barry Lopez

    In this modern classic, Barry Lopez explores the many-faceted wonders of the Far North: its stunted forest, its mesmerizing aurora borealis, its frozen seas. Lopez drives to the heart of why the austere and formidable Arctic continues to shape our dreams and haunt our imaginations.
    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture
    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture

    Unmarriageable

    by Soniah Kamal

    Told with wry wit and colorful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.
    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture
    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture
    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture

    Sex and Vanity

    by Kevin Kwan

    The author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians takes you from Capri to NYC, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men—and two very different cultures. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story.
    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture
    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Kisses and Croissants

    by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

    As sweet as a macaron from Laduree, with writing as crisp as a freshly baked baguette, this romantic novel set in Paris about an American ballerina and a charming French boy is parfait for fans of American Royals and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
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    Kisses and Croissants Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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