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From Sand and Ash

From Sand and Ash

by Amy Harmon

Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by,...

Narrator: Cassandra Campbell...
Published: 12/01/2016
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Like Water For Chocolate

Like Water For Chocolate

by Laura Esquivel

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Mexico became a bestselling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Gar...

Narrator: Kate Reading,Yarel...
Published: 11/01/1993
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Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom

by Kyung-Sook Shin

A million-plus-copy best seller in Korea—a magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensation—this is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family’s search for their mother, who goes missing one afternoon...

Narrator: Various
Published: 04/05/2011
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Sea...

by Dai Sijie

An enchanting literary debut—already an international best-seller. At the height of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for “re-education.” The narrator and his...

Narrator: B.D. Wong
Published: 10/29/2002
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The Golden Son

The Golden Son

by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends—a young doctor and a newly marri...

Narrator: Sunil Malhotra
Published: 01/26/2016
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Waking Lions

Waking Lions

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

WINNER OF THE JEWISH QUARTERLY WINGATE PRIZE10 WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2017--BookPageA New York Times Notable Book of 2017After one night's deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation.Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the ...

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Published: 02/28/2017
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The Color of Our Sky

The Color of Our Sky

by Amita Trasi

In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one...

Narrator: Sneha Mathan
Published: 04/18/2017
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

by Arundhati Roy

New York Times Best SellerLonglisted for the Man Booker PrizeNamed a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Hudson GroupA dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of ...

Narrator: Arundhati Roy
Published: 06/06/2017
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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

by Dina Nayeri

Spellbinding in its narration,A Teaspoon of Earth and Seais the story of an Iranian girl who, separated from her mother and twin sister during the turmoil following the Iranian Revolution, invents a rich, imaginative world in which they live. Growing...

Narrator: Sneha Mathan
Published: 01/31/2013
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The Year of Counting Souls

The Year of Counting Souls

by Michael Wallace

As Japanese forces attack the Philippines in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, US army nurse Louise Harrison waits to be evacuated from Manila. But with the enemy closing in, Louise is forced to flee with a handful of wounded soldiers to a field hospital...

Narrator: Rosemary Benson
Published: 06/06/2017
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A Peoples History of the Vampire Uprising

A People's History of the Vampire...

by Raymond A. Villareal

In this ambitious and wildly original debut--part social-political satire, part international mystery--a new virus turns people into something a bit more than human, upending society as we know it. This panoramic fictional oral history begins with on...

Narrator: Christine Lakin
Published: 06/05/2018
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To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land

by David Grossman

From one of Israel’s most acclaimed writers comes a novel of extraordinary power about family life—the greatest human drama—and the cost of war. Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer’s ...

Narrator: Jessica Cohen
Published: 09/21/2010
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No Longer Human

No Longer Human

by Osamu Dazai

The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas.Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longe...

Narrator: David Shih
Published: 12/20/2016
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Disgraced

Disgraced

by Ayad Akhtar

"Sparkling and combustible" (Bloomberg Businessweek), "DISGRACED rubs all kinds of unexpected raw spots with intelligence and humor" (Newsday). "In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Akhtar puts contemporary attitudes toward religion u...

Narrator: Aasif Mandvi
Published: 09/10/2013
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Stalina

Stalina

by Emily Rubin

When Stalina Folskaya flees her native Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, she sets out for America with her dreams — and her painful past — firmly in tow. In St. Petersburg, Stalina was a trained chemist, but in America, di...

Narrator: Laural Merlington
Published: 12/11/2012
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We Need New Names

We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo

A remarkable literary debut--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zi...

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Narrator: Robin Miles
Published: 05/21/2013
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Panic in a Suitcase

Panic in a Suitcase

by Yelena Akhtiorskaya

A dazzling debut novel about a immigrant family living in Brooklyn and their struggle to learn the new rules of the American Dream In this tale of two decades in the life of an immigrant household, the experience of a single family artfully reflects ...

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Published: 07/31/2014
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Honor

Honor

by Elif Shafak

An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London. Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak’s new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies o...

Narrator: Mozhan Marno
Published: 03/08/2013
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Forgotten Country

Forgotten Country

by Catherine Chung

On the night Janie waits for her sister Hannah to be born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As time passes, J...

Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Published: 03/01/2012
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The Invisible Hand

The Invisible Hand

by Ayad Akhtar

A chilling examination of how far we will go to survive and the consequences of the choices we make.In remote Pakistan, Nick Bright awaits his fate. A successful financial trader, Nick is kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, but with no one negoti...

Narrator: Ayad Akhtar
Published: 08/25/2015
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Odysseus Abroad

Odysseus Abroad

by Amit Chaudhuri

It is 1985. Twenty-two-year-old Ananda has been in London for two years, practicing at being a poet. He's homesick, thinks of himself as an outsider, and yet he can't help feeling that there's something romantic, even poetic, in his isolation. His unc...

Narrator: Alex Wyndham
Published: 04/30/2015
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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

What It Means When a Man Falls fr...

by Lesley Nneka Arimah

A PBS NewsHour/New York Times Book Club PickA NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION "5 UNDER 35" HONOREEWINNER OF THE 2017 KIRKUS PRIZEWINNER OF THE NYPL'S YOUNG LIONS FICTION AWARDFINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE LEONARD PRIZESHORTLISTED FOR THE ASPE...

Narrator: Adjoa Andoh
Published: 04/04/2017
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Pushing the Bear

Pushing the Bear

by Diane Glancy

In 1838, thirteen thousand Cherokee were forced to leave their homeland in the Southeast and walk 900 miles to present-day Oklahoma. Hunger, cold, fatigue, and disease threatened their very survival. Their grueling relocation trek-the Trail of Tears-t...

Narrator: Diane Glancy
Published: 03/07/2014
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The Last Days of Caf Leila

The Last Days of Café Leila

by Donia Bijan

Bijan's vivid, layered story, at once tender and elegant, funny and sad, weaves together the complexities of history, domesticity, and loyalty and, best of all, transports readers to another culture, another time, and another emotional landscape.

Narrator: Deepti Gupta
Published: 08/08/2017
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Sleeping on Jupiter

Sleeping on Jupiter

by Anuradha Roy

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern IndiaOn a train bound for the seaside town of Jarmuli, known for its temples, three elderly women meet a young documentary filmmaker named Nomi, whose braided...

Narrator: Deepti Gupta
Published: 09/16/2016
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The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways

by Sunjeev Sahota

From one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota—a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic, set against a vast geographical and historical canvas, astonishing for its richness and texture and scope, and...

Narrator: Sartaj Garewal
Published: 03/29/2016
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Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Memoirs of a Polar Bear

by Yoko Tawada

The Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers—who happen to be polar bearsThe Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers—who happen to be polar bearsThe Memoi...

Narrator: Paul Woodson
Published: 03/14/2017
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House of Broken Angels

House of Broken Angels

by Luis Alberto Urrea

The quintessential story of what it means to be the first generation to live two lives across one border, The House of Broken Angels is Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea's unforgettable portrait of the De La Cruz family as they celebrate the...

Narrator: Luis Alberto Urrea...
Published: 03/06/2018
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A State of Freedom

A State of Freedom

by Neel Mukherjee

What happens when one attempts to exchange the life one is given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into?

Narrator: Sartaj Gerewal
Published: 01/02/2018
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The Diamond Setter

The Diamond Setter

by Moshe Sakal

Inspired by true events, this bestselling Israeli novel traces a complex web of love triangles, homoerotic tensions, and family secrets across generations and borders, illuminating diverse facets of life in the Middle East. Contains mature themes.

Narrator: Josh Bloomberg
Published: 07/24/2018
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Bindi

Bindi

by Paul Matthew Maisano

A richly imagined debut set against the backdrop of India, London, and Hollywood that tells the story of a young boy, suddenly orphaned, and the adults around him, each of whom is also looking for a home in the world Kerala, 1993: Eight-year-old Bire...

Narrator: David Pittu
Published: 08/14/2018
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An Orchestra of Minorities

An Orchestra of Minorities

by Chigozie Obioma

A heart-breaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma. Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardi...

Narrator: Chukwudi Iwuji
Published: 01/08/2019
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Where the Dead Sit Talking

Where the Dead Sit Talking

by Brandon Hobson

Where the Dead Sit Talking is a spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s.

Narrator: Eric Michael Summe...
Published: 02/28/2018
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