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A House in the Sky A HOUSE IN THE SKY
by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
Through clear, gorgeous prose and raw honesty, Lindhout recounts her time as a hostage in Somalia. For 459 days, she lived at the mercy of her captors, Islamic Fundamentalists demanding an exorbitant ransom for her release. The harrowing story is preceded by Lindhout’s descriptions of her childhood and her almost-accidental introduction into the world of combat-zone reporting.
The Lowland (book cover image) THE LOWLAND by Jhumpa Lahiri
This emotionally powerful story of two brothers born in a quiet village outside Calcutta spans decades and continents. In an era of turmoil, the brothers choose divergent paths, one retreating to a quiet university in New England while the other becomes increasingly involved in a dangerous political rebellion. The Lowland unfolds slowly, but Lahiri’s elegant prose and full characterizations make for a riveting tale.
The Kept by James Scott (book cover image) THE KEPT by James Scott
After finding her family savagely murdered, Midwife Elspeth Howell becomes obsessed with vengeance and recruits her son Caleb—the only survivor of the attack—in her mission to hunt down the killers. In a cold, desolate, stark landscape of the late nineteenth century that is anything but forgiving, they begin to look for the men wearing red scarves. This is a dark and captivating tale, both beautiful and grotesque.
The Goldfinch THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
A story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the power of art, this award-winning novel is the stunning tale of a young man haunted by the dead of his mother who is drawn into the criminal underworld by way of a painting connected to her death.

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