• The cover of the book What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

    What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

    This book is pure fun, and a great selection for the adventuresome single gal on your shopping list. Kristen Newman bucks tradition (marriage and child-rearing) in exchange for spending her twenties and thirties traveling the world solo. Her stories from her journey are sexy, funny, and insightful and will have readers looking to book a trip to anywhere but here.

     
  • The cover of the book This Is Paradise

    This Is Paradise

    If you are expecting escape-from-it-all type prose filled with vivid descriptions of lazy days on black sand beaches, cultural attractions, and helicopter tours, then this is not the book for you. The irony lies in the title of this haunting debut by Kristiana Kahakauwita. This penetrating and cohesive collection of stories exposes the gritty underside of Hawaii’s mythical paradise. Experience modern day Hawaii, in all its complexity, through the eyes of the native Hawaiians, local citizens, and emigrants from the States. This book is vivid and suspenseful storytelling at its finest. A must read and perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life, who, after reading this will never look at Hawaiian culture in quite the same way.

     
  • The cover of the book The Underground Girls of Kabul

    The Underground Girls of Kabul

    What’s the difference between men and women? In Afghanistan, it’s freedom. In this deeply conservative, gender-segregated society, males live fully, while females live a life defined by oppression. From the moment she is born, an Afghan girl has very few rights and almost no control. She must guard her behavior, appear modest at all times, and often cannot leave the house without an escort. Being raised as a bacha posh—a hidden practice in which parents raise daughters as sons, and present them as such to the outside world—offers another way. A captivating look into a culture Westerners know very little about.

     
  • The cover of the book Without You, There Is No Us

    Without You, There Is No Us

    This spellbinding memoir peeks inside the fortress that is North Korea, as seen through the eyes of a school teacher tasked with educating the male children of this bizarre and frightening place. Suki Kim’s chilling stories of the young men of this country paint a devastating picture of ordinary boys being brought up without freedom of choice. This book is both incredibly moving and illuminating, showing the reader a part of the world that isn’t visitable.

     
  • The cover of the book The Tsar of Love and Techno

    The Tsar of Love and Techno

    “The Tsar of Love and Techno” is an interwoven collection of short stories that reads like a novel; as each seemingly disparate chapter unfurls, you find its relation to the last through interlocking people, objects, and places. Spanning decades in tumultuous Russia, the book tells stories of the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability to create and appreciate art, even in the most dire of circumstances. Anthony Marra paints a picture of humanity with honesty, grace, and humor and makes the reader feel as if they’ve been dropped into the former Soviet Union throughout different points in history—truly a must-read.

     
  • The cover of the book The Ballad of a Small Player

    The Ballad of a Small Player

    Set against the glittering backdrop of Macau’s casinos, a ruined English lawyer trying to outrun his demons spends nights at the Baccarat tables, drinking and sinking deeper into a crippling gambling addiction. When he meets Dao-Ming, a mysterious Chinese woman, she saves him in large and small ways. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped off the place into Hong Kong whilst reading this fast-paced and suspenseful novel from the author of “The Forgiven.”