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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Mark Adams

What happens when an adventure travel expert tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?  On July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham III hiked into the Andes Mountains of Peru and encountered the now famous citadel of Machu Picchu. In alternating chapters, Adams recreates Bingham’s notes from detailed diaries along with his own during this journey.


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Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Kevin Boyle

The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself—resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history.


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Those Who Love Night
Wessel Ebersohn

South African Justice Department lawyer Abigail Bukula discovers that her secret cousin, a Harare Seven activist, has been arrested with his comrades and is being held in a notorious Zimbabwe prison.


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The Prague Cemetery
Umberto Eco

Looks into the 1897 diary of Captain Simonini, an anti-Semitic Italian in Paris who forges documents for the highest bidder, providing conspiracies and scapegoats for factions all over Europe, and is behind the most notorious forgery of all.


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The Broken Land (First North Americans series)
W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Dangerous sorcerer Atotarho sets into motion a cataclysmic battle that threatens to destroy the Iroquoian world. Only three people are brave enough to challenge him. To stop the madman, they must find a way to bring five warring nations together.


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The Dovekeepers: A Novel
Alice Hoffman

A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker’s wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.


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The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka

Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and wartime internment.


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Taking Tuscany: A Novel
Renee Riva

A. J. Degulio loved the idea of a visit to the Old Country… until her family decided to stay. Now she’s turning fourteen in a crumbling castle on a hill in Tuscany, wishing she were back in Idaho with her beloved dog, Sailor. In Italy, her blonde hair makes her stick out, and she’s so lonely her best friend is a nun from the local convent. The challenges of roots and relatives!


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The Ronin's Mistress: A Novel (Sano Ichiro series)
Laura Joh Rowland

In Japan, 1703, on a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin. Clearly this was an act of revenge—but why did they wait two years? Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his old post, has mere days to solve the greatest mystery of samurai legend—while his own fortunes hang in the balance.


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Displaced Persons: A Novel
Ghita Schwarz

Forging a family together after surviving World War II concentration camp brutality, Pavel, Fela, and Chaim relocate to America, where they raise families while struggling to find peace and adjust to a culture that embraces their tragedies.


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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
Helen Simonson

Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of Edgecombe St. Mary, England, until his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. The Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?


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Queen of America: A Novel
Luis Alberto Urrea

Teresita Urrea flees to Arizona with her father after the Tomochic Rebellion of 1892 but is inundated with visits from pilgrims seeking her skills as a healer until she is chased to New York by assassins.


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Cutting for Stone: A novel
Abraham Verghese

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between an Indian nun and a British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Marion flees his homeland when he and his brother fall in love with the same woman. He goes to work in New York until his past catches up with him, nearly destroying him, and he must trust his life to his father and brother.


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Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine
Eric Weiner

After a health scare, an atheist travels the world searching for an experience of the divine, from meditating with Tibetan lamas in Nepal and unblocking his chi in China, to studying the Kabbalah in Israel.


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