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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Under the Blood-Red Sun

    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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    Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    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

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    House of Many Gods

    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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    The Descendants

    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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    From Here to Eternity

    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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