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The United States of Books: Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii can be a long flight. If you can’t make it to this beautiful state, why not pick up a book to learn about its rich culture and history.

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    This Is Paradise Book Cover Picture

    This Is Paradise

    by Kristiana Kahakauwila

    Elegant, brutal, and profound—this magnificent debut captures the grit and glory of modern Hawai’i with breathtaking force and accuracy.
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    This Is Paradise Book Cover Picture

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    Juniors Book Cover Picture

    Juniors

    by Kaui Hart Hemmings

    Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander.  Perpetual new girl at school. Hanging in the shadow of her actress mother’s spotlight. And now: new resident of the prominent West family’s guest cottage.
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    Juniors Book Cover Picture

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    Democracy Book Cover Picture

    Democracy

    by Joan Didion

    Moving deftly from Honolulu to Jakarta, between romance, farce, and tragedy, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase.
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    Democracy Book Cover Picture

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    Hawaii

    by James A. Michener

    Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959.
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    Hawaii Book Cover Picture

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    Under the Blood-Red Sun Book Cover Picture

    Under the Blood-Red Sun

    by Graham Salisbury

    When Japanese men are rounded up, and Tomi’s father and grandfather are arrested, it’s a terrifying time to be Japanese in America. But one thing doesn’t change: the loyalty of Tomi’s buddies.
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    Under the Blood-Red Sun Book Cover Picture

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    Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    by Haruki Murakami

    The twenty-four stories that make up Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman express the incomparable Haruki Murakami’s mastery of the form.
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    Unfamiliar Fishes Book Cover Picture

    Unfamiliar Fishes

    by Sarah Vowell

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    Unfamiliar Fishes Book Cover Picture

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    House of Many Gods Book Cover Picture

    House of Many Gods

    by Kiana Davenport

    Told in spellbinding and mythic prose, House of Many Gods is a deeply complex and provocative love story set against the background of Hawaii and Russia. Interwoven throughout with the indelible portrait of a native Hawaiian family struggling against poverty, drug wars, and the increasing military occupation of their sacred lands.
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    House of Many Gods Book Cover Picture

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    The Descendants Book Cover Picture

    The Descendants

    by Kaui Hart Hemmings

    Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, a family must go on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.
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    The Descendants Book Cover Picture

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    From Here to Eternity Book Cover Picture

    From Here to Eternity

    by James Jones

    From Here to Eternity re-creates the authentic soldier experience and captures, like nothing else, the honor and savagery of man.
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    From Here to Eternity Book Cover Picture

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