Around the world

Do you enjoy reading novels about different cultures?  With these novels, you can learn about different ways of life without leaving your living room.

The thorn / Beverly Lewis

The thorn / Beverly Lewis

Rose and Hen Kauffman, two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church, experience unforeseen discoveries in their Lancaster County community that change their lives forever.

The namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri

The namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.

Caramelo : or pure cuento : a novel / Sandra Cisneros

Caramelo : or pure cuento : a novel / Sandra Cisneros

During her family's annual car trip from Chicago to Mexico City, Lala Reyes listens to stories about her family, including her grandmother, the descendant of a renowned dynasty of shawl makers, whose magnificent striped (or caramelo) shawl has come into Lala's possession, in a multi-generational saga of a Mexican-American family.

Shadow tag : a novel / by Louise Erdrich

Shadow tag : a novel / by Louise Erdrich

Chroncices the emotional war between Irene America, a beautiful, introspective woman of Native American ancestry, struggling to finish her dissertation while raising three children, and her husband Gil, a painter whose reputation is built on a series of now iconic portraits of Irene.

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao / Junot Díaz

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao / Junot Díaz

Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

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