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Around the World in 80 (or less) Books

A playlist of the Beausoleil Books family's favorite books from around the world.

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Homegoing

A novel
By Yaa Gyasi
Narrated by Dominic Hoffman /  13 hours 10 minutes

Homegoing

“Homegoing is an epic narrative that is sure to become a treasured staple. Two sisters in Ghana are marked by fiery tragedy: one is married off to an English slave trader, and the other is sold to be a slave in America. The story follows their descendants generation by generation. Homegoing will break your heart over and over, impress you with the resilience of the human spirit and the amazing power of forgiveness, and leave you optimistic and in awe.”

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Like Water for Chocolate

By Laura Esquivel
Narrated by Kate Reading /  5 hours 52 minutes

Like Water for Chocolate

“I love impossible love and heartbreaking romance, so that would be enough to get me reading, but this novel has so much more. Published in 1990, it was a huge success in Mexico. It was an international best-seller, and with good reason. Food has magical powers in this book, as do tears and sexual attraction. This story is a delight. It will surprise you at every turn. And the ending is unpredictable and perfect. I loved it when I was 20 and I love it still.”

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Cry, the Beloved Country

By Alan Paton & Charles Scribner
Narrated by Michael York /  9 hours 48 minutes

A worldwide bestseller when it was first published in 1948, Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.

Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of Stephen Kumalo, a Zulu pastor, and his son, Absalom. Set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s, it is also... Read more »

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Next Year in Havana

By Chanel Cleeton
Narrated by Kyla Garcia & Frankie Corzo /  11 hours 16 minutes

After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution.

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s... Read more »

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Love in the Time of Cholera

By Gabriel García Márquez, Edith Grossman & Wendy T. Behary, LCSW
Narrated by Armando Durán /  15 hours 39 minutes

From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century.

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born... Read more »

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

By Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by Satya Bhabha /  4 hours 42 minutes

At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious and possibly armed American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting.

Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite... Read more »

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White Teeth

A Novel
By Zadie Smith
Narrated by Lenny Henry, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ray Panthaki & Arya Sagar /  18 hours 37 minutes

Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own.

At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie... Read more »

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The House of the Spirits

A Novel
By Isabel Allende
Narrated by Thom Rivera & Marisol Ramirez /  18 hours 51 minutes

“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel... Read more »

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The Wonder

By Emma Donoghue
Narrated by Kate Lock /  12 hours 24 minutes

The Wonder

“Lib Wright, a protege of Florence Nightingale and a nursing veteran of the Crimean War, is dispatched from London to a remote Irish village to keep watch on Anna O'Donnell, a young girl who is rumored to have refrained from eating for four months yet continues to thrive. Miracle or hoax? Lib is determined to uncover the truth, but the truth is never simple. In this beautiful, haunting novel, Donohue weaves a tale of misguided faith and duty, exploited innocence, and redemptive love. What is the secret behind Anna's mysterious ability to survive? The truth is uncovered as The Wonder propels readers to a shocking conclusion.”

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa & Wendy T. Behary, LCSW
Narrated by John Lee /  14 hours 2 minutes

One of the twentieth century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buend¡a family. Rich and brilliant,... Read more »

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Saving Fish from Drowning

By Amy Tan
Narrated by Amy Tan /  17 hours 39 minutes

San Francisco art patron Bibi Chen has planned a journey of the senses along the famed Burma Road for eleven lucky friends. But after her mysterious death, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch as the travelers veer off her itinerary and embark on a trail paved with cultural gaffes and tribal curses, Buddhist illusions and romantic desires.... Read more »

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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho
Narrated by Jeremy Irons /  4 hours

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a... Read more »

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Díaz
Narrated by Jonathan Davis /  15 hours 58 minutes

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following... Read more »

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The Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Narrated by Jonathan Davis /  18 hours 4 minutes

Barcelona, 1945—just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten... Read more »

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How to Love a Jamaican

Stories
By Alexia Arthurs
Narrated by Janina Edwards, Adenrele Ojo, Dominic Hoffman & James Fouhey /  7 hours 3 minutes

“In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once. All of them convince and sing. All of them shine.”—Zadie Smith

An O: The Oprah Magazine “Top 15 Best of the Year” • A Well-Read Black Girl’s Pick

Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret—Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to... Read more »

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The High Mountains of Portugal

A Novel
By Yann Martel
Narrated by Mark Bramhall /  10 hours 51 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Fifteen years after The Life of Pi, Yann Martel is taking us on another long journey. Fans of his Man Booker Prize–winning novel will recognize familiar themes from that seafaring phenomenon, but the itinerary in this imaginative new book is entirely fresh. . . . Martel’s writing has never been more charming.”—Ron... Read more »

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Cutting for Stone

A Novel
By Abraham Verghese
Narrated by Sunil Malhotra / 

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel–an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and... Read more »

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Half of a Yellow Sun

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by Zainab Jah /  18 hours 9 minutes

A haunting story of love and war from the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We... Read more »

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A Golden Age

By Tahmima Anam
Narrated by Madhur Jaffrey /  9 hours 9 minutes

As young widow Rehana Haque awakes one March morning, she might be forgiven for feeling happy. Her children are almost grown, the city is buzzing with excitement after recent elections. Change is in the air.

But no one can foresee what will happen in the days and months that follow. For this is East Pakistan in 1971, a country on the brink of... Read more »

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In Order to Live

A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
By Yeonmi Park
Narrated by Eji Kim /  9 hours 37 minutes

“I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.”

Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she... Read more »

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