Armchair Tourist-Fiction That Travels So You Don't Have To

Updated April 20, 2023
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Dear fang, with love
Thorpe, Rufi
A bold, spellbinding novel featuring one of the most fascinating protagonists in recent memory, Dear Fang, With Love tells the story of seventeen-year-old Vera--ravishing, troubled, wildly intelligent--who travels to Europe with her estranged father, hoping that an immersion in history might...
The coroner's lunch
Cotterill, Colin.
Where has she been? The rumors fly throughout the Scottish countryside about Lady Alanna, the beautiful and mysterious displaced mistress of Fionnaway Manor. And now she has emerged from hiding, only to find her beloved estate besieged by greedy relatives. . .and coveted by a darkly handsome...
A rising man
Mukherjee, Abir
In the days of the Raj, a newly arrived Scotland Yard detective is confronted with the murder of a British official--in his mouth a note warning the British to leave India, or else . . .  Calcutta, 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival...
The old drift : a novel
Serpell, Namwali
"A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage."--Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Dwight Garner, The New York Times * The New York Times Book Review *...
The other Einstein : a novel
Benedict, Marie
"Superb...the haunting story of Einstein's brilliant first wife who was lost in his shadow."--Sue Monk Kidd, New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Wings, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Mermaid Chair "The Other Einstein takes you into Mileva's heart, mind, and study as she...
Live from Cairo : a novel
Bassingthwaighte, Ian
*A PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FINALIST *A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR From a hugely talented, award-winning young author, a brilliant, lively debut novel about an impulsive American attorney, a methodical Egyptian translator, and a disillusioned Iraqi-American...
Khan : empire of Silver : a novel of the Khan empire
Iggulden, Conn.
From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys   BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Conn Iggulden's Conqueror. The Great Khan is dead--and his vast empire, forged through raw courage, tactical brilliance, and...
Goenawan, Clarissa
Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko's, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to...
Bruno, chief of police
Walker, Martin J.
Walker pens the first in a wonderful new series that follows the exploits of Benoit Courreges, affectionately nicknamed Bruno, the chief of police in a small French village in the South of France where the rituals of the caf still rule.
The orphan master's son : a novel
Johnson, Adam
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times betselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the world's most mysterious dictatorship. "Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas on which [Adam] Johnson is painting...
The diver's clothes lie empty
Vida, Vendela.
From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers comes a taut, spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity. In Vendela Vida's taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on...
Child 44
Smith, Tom Rob.
A propulsive, relentless page-turner. A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted. A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilience. CHILD 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read. "There is no crime." Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a...
The shadow of the wind
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos
"Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post "Wondrous...masterful...The ...
My last lament
Brown, James William
A poignant and evocative novel of one Greek woman's story of her own--and her nation's--epic struggle in the aftermath of World War II.   Aliki is one of the last of her kind, a lamenter who mourns and celebrates the passing of life. She is part of an evolving Greece, one...

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