Continent Hop from Your Couch

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Continent Hop from Your Couch

Can’t get away for the summer? Not able to travel internationally this year? Continent hop around the world without leaving your couch with these books set around the world.
 
We Kiss Them with Rain by Futhi Ntshiingila – Set in Durban and narrated by 14 year old Mvelo, We Kiss Them with Rain explores poverty, epidemics, violence, parentage, and betrayal, while also reflecting on joy, hope, love, and a passion for life. Strongly written characters, vivid sense of place, and powerful emotions portrayed in a variety of ways make this a realistic fiction work that will sweep you into South Africa.
 
South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby – An NSF program and her personality questionnaire send Cooper Gosling to Antarctica in an attempt to figure out her life and career. Surrounded by darkness and ice, Cooper and a group of eccentric scientists and artists that choose to inhabit the South Pole find themselves in a darkly comic life that explores politics, science and how differing personalities fit in life.
 
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – Before you see the movie at the end of the summer, read the bestselling book! A high society wedding in Singapore as a setting to meet your future in-laws is the set up for this comic and entertaining look at consumerism, culture clashes and interfering mothers. Be forewarned – there is some offensive slang used in this book.
 
Force of Nature by Jane Harper – A corporate team building hike in the Australian mountains outside of Melbourne ends with one less employee. The hiking trails were once the hunting ground of a serial killer. Did the missing employee get lost in the wilderness, fall victim to a killer’s apprentice, or was she the victim of her own colleagues?
 
The Vienna Melody by Ernst Lothar – Covering a sweeping portion of Austrian history, The Vienna Melody is the story of three generations of the Alt family who all must live in a grand family home in Vienna as part of their inheritance. The family’s foibles, flaws and passions are a mirror to those of Austria and the rest of Europe as they interact with some of the most famous Austrians in history.
 
The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez – A writer attempts to investigate his father’s past and runs head long into an unacknowledged portion of Colombian history. Examining family relationships, the impact of long held secrets, and the psychological trauma of war, The Informers takes readers on a journey through both history and Colombia.