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    The Narrows, Ann Petry. Set in the 1950s, this unforgettable classic deftly evokes a tragic love affair and offers a window onto the powerful ways in which class, race, and love intersected in midcentury America.

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    Villa America was in fact a real house on the French Riviera that Sara and Gerald Murphy built to escape to in the 1920's. Members of a group of expat Americans, they were known for their fabulous parties, but these were people who kept secrets and who were, of course, heartbreakingly human.

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    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    An irresistible comic novel from the master storyteller Percival Everett, and an irreverent take on race, class, and identity in America

    The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Susan Wilkerson #Susan_Wilkerson #Social_History

    Babylon Rolling: A Novel by Amanda Boyden (Told in five achingly real voices, Babylon Rolling is the story of one year on Orchid Street, New Orleans, a place where lives clash and collide, and where the humid air is charged with constant wanting. Offering a bold understanding of human nature and the hidden prejudices we harbor, Babylon Rolling is a powerful portrait of racism in America and a city on the edge of transformation.)

    Bestseller Books Online Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America Nathan McCall $10.2-Excellent

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    The story of three women living very different lives in Australia, but when one of them finds an old tattered letter in the attic that's addressed to her, to be opened only in the event of her husband's death (and he is still very much alive), it opens up a Pandora's box. Their lives will intersect in ways none of them could foresee.

    Set in the days of my own childhood

    Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    A beautiful love story set in Burma in the 1940's. Get out the Kleenex.

    I love a book with history and settings that I never knew existed before. This book met both requirements in its first pages. One of the best opening chapters I've ever read