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.
"This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire, and [a] droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The sights, smells, and colors of Laos practically jump of the pages of this inspired, often wryly witty...
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...
Finding Nouf
Ferraris, Zoe.
Zoë Ferraris's electrifying debut of taut psychological suspense offers an unprecedented window into Saudi Arabia and the lives of men and women there. When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, along with a truck and her favorite camel, her prominent family calls on Nayir al-Sharqi, a desert...
Khan : empire of Silver : a novel of the Khan empire
Iggulden, Conn.
The Great Khan is dead. His vast empire hangs in the balance, an empire he forged with raw courage, guile, tactical brilliance, unswerving dedication to his people, and the force of his own indomitable will. Now the very qualities that united the fierce Mongol tribes threaten to tear them apart,...
Rainbirds
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.
The first installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Meet Benoît Courrèges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France.  He's a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of...
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...
Encircling : a novel
Tiller, Carl Frode
The brilliant first novel in the Encircling Trilogy, a searing psychological portrait of a man by his friends David has lost his memory. When a newspaper ad asks his friends and family to share their memories of him, three respond: Jon, his closest friend; Silje, his teenage...
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...
Claire of the sea light
Danticat, Edwidge
From the best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire Limyè Lanmè--Claire...
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
District VIII
LeBor, Adam
Set in the long, hot Hungarian summer of 2015--and revealing the hidden, criminal world beneath Budapest's glittering facade--District VIII is the first novel in the new Detective Balthazar Kovacs mystery series. Life's tough for a Gypsy detective in Budapest. The...

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