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Books set in other countries

Melissa Eisenmeier

Melissa lives in Baltimore with her two cats, Stan Lee and Spencer. She likes Harry Potter, historical fiction (especially if it's set in colonial/Revolutionary War-era America or WW2), and animals.

I love traveling, but it's not feasible to do it as often as I'd like. That's why I love reading books set in other countries- it's convenient and affordable, but I still get to experience other cultures. Plus, I never have to worry about plugging my paperback in or remembering my charger when I'm on the go, the way you do with a phone.

Here are three books set in far-flung parts of the world.

I read Bolivar, by Marie Arana, about three years ago. It's a biography about a man who liberated several South American countries circa 1812. It's a really interesting, but really long, book.

Cairo in White, by Kelly Ann Jacobson, is set in Cairo, Egypt. It's about a closeted teenager who finds herself in an arranged marriage with her girlfriend's brother.

 Rebellion in Patagonia, by Osvaldo Bayer, is set in Argentina and is about a series of strikes there against despotic landowners in the 1920s.


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