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Recommended books (72)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around North America Challenge" were written by authors from United States of America. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff EN

Rating: 4     173 Votes
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"Those who have read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a novel comprised of only letters between the characters, will see how much that best-seller owes 84, Charing Cross Road." -- Medium.com A heartwarming love story about people who love books for readers who love books This funny, poignant, classic love story unfolds through a series of letters between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a char... continue
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Recommended: 28 Jan 2023

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A stunning “portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century. A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST • WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held toge... continue
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Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

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American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson EN

Rating: 3.5     22 Votes
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"[This] unflinching, incendiary debut combines the espionage novels of John le Carré with the racial complexity of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. Her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join... continue
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Recommended: 24 Jun 2022

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Appalachian Elegy

Appalachian Elegy : Poetry and Place by Bell Hooks EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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A collection of poems centered around life in Appalachia addresses topics ranging from the marginalization of the region's people to the environmental degradation it has endured throughout history.
Recommended: 21 Jan 2023

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Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz EN

Rating: 4.5     6 Votes
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A #1 New York Times bestseller Four starred reviews! “Messily human and sincerely insightful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an “emotional roller coaster” (School Library Journal, starred review) sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi. In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in love. Now, they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world tha... continue
Recommended: 22 Jan 2023

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Beloved by Toni Morrison EN

Rating: 3.6     24 Votes
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Sethe works at beating back the pas... continue

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Betty by Tiffany McDaniel EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
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Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature's generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.

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Bringing Ararat by Armand Inezian EN

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Award-winning, contemporary Armenian-American fiction. *Finalist-OSU Prize in Fiction *Finalist- St. Lawrence Book Award *Semi-Finalist- The Spokane Prize Bringing Ararat is an award-winning, interwoven collection of short stories that spans the westward progress of Armenian migrants in the 20th century, from Mount Ararat, west through the Communist Block, to Bucharest, Beirut, and finally the USA. While each has elements that are distinctly Armenian, at their heart, these stories illuminate the deeply personal experiences of familiarity and alienation, fear and compassion, and loyalty and bet... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson EN

Rating: 4     87 Votes
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A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Red at the Bone, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for... continue


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