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This week’s theme? Books set outside the US. This was a really fun list to put together. I tried to cover every continent, but I’m missing Antarctica and South America. *furiously adds more books from South America to my TBR*
- The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. This book is my antidote to the beats. A 20-something American young woman coming of age in 1950s France.
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. A family saga intertwined with the history of India with a dash of magical realism. My favorite Salman Rushdie book.
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. The story of a friendship between two smart, ambitious girls in 1950s Naples, Italy. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. A coming-of-age graphic memoir set in Iran during the Iranian Revolution.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne Shirley is a) an orphan, b) a ginger, and c) CANADIAN! Set in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Want to spend 1300+ pages reading about the Napoleonic wars and spending A LOT of time in Russia? This book’s for you!
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. The Illiad through the relationship of Patroclus and Achilles. Set in Greece and Troy (i.e. Turkey).
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. While half of the YA angels-and-monsters romance/adventure is set in a fantasy universe, the other half is set in Prague and Morocco.
- The Thousand Lives of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. Who knew a book about Dutch traders in 18th century Japan could be so fascinatingly weird?
- In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. My non-fiction pick – Bill Bryson’s travel memoir in Australia. It’s hilarious and will make you terrified to travel to Australia.