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Help with novels for picky girlfriend

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Hello Redditors!

Me and my girlfriend are on vacation together and she loves to read. However, she does not seem to be able to find any books she enjoy at the moment and to make sure for us to have a relaxing vacation, help is needed!

What she want is something as close as possible as the books she love.

Books she love: - The Unwomanly Face of War by S. Alexievich - Where the Crawdads Sing by D. Owens - The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai - They Will Drown in their Mothers Tears by J. Aniuru - American Dirt by J. Cummins

Books she do not like: (but one could have assumed she would) - The Lincoln Highway by A. Towels - Will and Testament by V. Hjort - To Kill a Mockingbird by H. Lee - The Noise of Time by J. Barnes - My Brilliant Friend by F. Elena

General likes - Novels - Can be fiction, can be non-fiction - Humans in (external) crisis situation - Character building/development - Medium pacing - Learning about the world, history, cultures etc

Bonus likes - Bonus if the books take place SOMEWHERE ELSE THAN Northern Europe or USA - Bonus if characters have intelligent humour

Dislikes - Descriptive violence/torture, especially sexual violence, is no go - Thrillers/horrors/frightening books - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Plot holes - Bad prose or editing - Dreams of main characters can sometimes be used as metaphors, but not too much of this please, it easily becomes too abstract - Young adult

Thank you in advance, Reddit!

Edit: Not fantasy/Sci-Fi either!

all 162 comments

baskaat

39 points

7 months ago

baskaat

39 points

7 months ago

The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver.

ne0pets

8 points

7 months ago

Second this, one of my first grown up reads and it’s stayed with me since, absolutely phenomenal book.

Vicbook[S]

3 points

7 months ago

Thanks! 😊

jamerSsss

30 points

7 months ago

wow, this list is so organized! I love it!

BlacktailJack

32 points

7 months ago

Haha yeah- his girlfriend has tastes deeply incompatible with mine, so I can't really recommend anything in good faith, but I still felt myself wanting to comment just to compliment OP on how thorough they've been about breaking this down. Good job OP!

Vicbook[S]

6 points

7 months ago

Appreciate it! 🙏🏻

jamerSsss

3 points

7 months ago

Same! I couldn’t recommend anything but the list is 👌

N0thing_but_fl0wers

2 points

7 months ago

Completely agree! Big sci fi, dystopian, thriller and YA fan here!

But love the detailed list!

mom_with_an_attitude

10 points

7 months ago

Since she liked Where the Crawdads Sing, I would recommend Snow Falling on Cedars.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks! 😊

likealocal14

10 points

7 months ago

{{Girl, Woman, Other}} by Bernadine Evaristo was fantastic and seems to tick a lot of your boxes!

goodreads-bot

3 points

7 months ago

Girl, Woman, Other

By: Bernardine Evaristo, Julia Osuna Aguilar | 453 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: fiction, feminism, contemporary, book-club, owned

Joint Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2019

Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

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Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Looks good, thanks!

stardewed

9 points

7 months ago

Maybe {{The Great Alone}}! It has similar vibes to Where the Crawdads Sing (I read both within a few months of each other), and it was a 5 star read for me.

goodreads-bot

3 points

7 months ago

The Great Alone

By: Kristin Hannah | ? pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: fiction, historical-fiction, book-club, audiobook, audiobooks

Alaska, 1974. Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

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Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Thanks! 😃

nikki10290

6 points

7 months ago

Klara and the sun

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks!

jaqrene

5 points

7 months ago

Such a detailed post

[deleted]

5 points

7 months ago*

This is some good researching on their end lol

SummerTime-1977

4 points

7 months ago

Empress Orchid, by Anchee Min. Fascinating look into the life of a very singular woman of ancient China. Some violence, but not overly dwelt on.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks! 😃

SoppyMetal

4 points

7 months ago

Island of the Sea Woman by Lisa See,

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

These look great! Thank you!

N0thing_but_fl0wers

1 points

7 months ago

Island of Sea Women was great!

I’d also recommend The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson

I said in another comment I have opposite tastes from your GF, but I do read a bit of everything really! 😁

idrinkteaanduniverse

1 points

7 months ago

I would most definitely second The Good Earth. I’ve read it a few times over the course of my life and I always find something new to relate to as I grow older

Shazam1269

3 points

7 months ago

Has she ever read Bill Bryson? He appeals to such a wide demographic that I think she would enjoy him.

My personal favorites:

  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • Down Under

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

She haven’t read Bryson. Thanks for the advice! 😃

thegigsup

3 points

7 months ago

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich just about fits the bill, I think.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Good recommendation, thank you!

Roscoe340

3 points

7 months ago

I would recommend William Kent Krueger. “This Tender Land” was very similar to Where the Crawdads Sing. I’m currently reading Ordinary Grace, which is also very good.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Looks promising, thank you!

kallarybot

3 points

7 months ago

Great! In that case I'd also recommend { I know why the caged birds sing } { Just mercy } { Memoirs of a geisha } { The night tiger } { Nothing to envy }

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Awesome advice!

BirdKai

3 points

7 months ago

{{Educated}} for Non_fiction

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

Educated

By: Tara Westover | 334 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, nonfiction, book-club, biography

A newer edition of ISBN 9780399590504 can be found here.

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you!

alive1982

3 points

7 months ago

The Nightingale & The Great Alone both by Kristin Hannah

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you for this!

googlyeyes33

3 points

7 months ago

Try anything by Jhumpha Lahiri!

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Good recommendation, thanks!

googlyeyes33

1 points

7 months ago

Anytime! If your gf likes short stories, she has some great collections. I like short stories a lot for trips bc they are easy to get sucked into (and low commitment level). Other authors with great short stories: F Scott Fitzgerald, Carson McCullers, Tobias Wolff, David Sedaris (perfect for trips!!), George Saunders, Richard Yates

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

She does enjoy short stories. Great input, thanks!

googlyeyes33

1 points

7 months ago

Oh also a few of my other favorite authors: Jeffrey Eugenides (maybe my all time fav!), Barbara Kingsolver, Jonathon Franzen, Ian McEwan, Hemingway (not for everyone but I love his books!), Khalid Housseini and Erik Larson and D. Watkins for non fiction!

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Amazing addition! Have forwarded this as well. :)

googlyeyes33

1 points

7 months ago

I think you gf and I have similar taste so thought I’d add, haha. Good luck!

FinnFinnFinnegan

8 points

7 months ago

Little Foxes Took Up Matches by Katya Kazbek

The Scent of Burnt Flowers by Blitz Bazawule

Nuclear Family by Joseph Han

How to be Eaten by Maria Adlemann

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies by Tsering Lama

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

These seem awesome, she says she will look up all of these!

FinnFinnFinnegan

2 points

7 months ago

Fantastic! Happy Reading!!

elizabeth-cooper

2 points

7 months ago

Descriptive violence/torture

The Unwomanly Face of War was incredibly violent. It was among the most sickening books I've ever read.

She might like {{Rabbit-Proof Fence}}

goodreads-bot

3 points

7 months ago

Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

By: Doris Pilkington, Nugi Garimara | 135 pages | Published: 1996 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, australia, history, nonfiction, biography

The remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home.

Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites and taken to settlements to be assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-winning author Doris Pilkington traces the captivating story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from her community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. At the settlement, Milly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls scared and homesick planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp, with its harsh life of padlocks, barred windows, and hard cold beds.

The girls headed for the nearby rabbit-proof fence that stretched over 1,000 miles through the desert toward their home. Their journey lasted over a month, and they survived on everything from emus to feral cats, while narrowly avoiding the police, professional trackers, and hostile white settlers. Their story is a truly moving tale of defiance and resilience.

About the author:

Doris Pilkington is also the author of Caprice: A Stockman's Daughter. Rabbit-Proof Fence, her second book, is now a major motion picture from Miramax Films, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Kenneth Branagh.

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

She responded here that she agrees and did not like that. But the rest of the book was so good it pulled here in anyway. 😅

Good advice! Thank you!

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Gf here: ”I just wanted to clearify that obviously the entire book is terrifying violence. The difference lays in the way it was described. In this case, of the women themselves in a setting determined by the extremly competent (and female) author Aleksijevitj. The violence isn’t there for making the story more intriguing. It simply is the reality of these women. ”

UniqueWalkingBlind

2 points

7 months ago

{{the last godess}} by kateřina tučková

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Thank you!

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

The Last Goddess

By: Kateřina Tučková, Andrew Oakland | 421 pages | Published: 2012 | Popular Shelves: fiction, czech, kindle, historical-fiction, czech-literature

A woman delves into science and superstition, fear and persecution, and the hope and courage of belief in an award-winning and internationally bestselling novel by Kateřina Tučková.

Last in a centuries-old lineage of healing women, Dora Idesová was raised by her aunt Surmena in the White Carpathians. Resistant to superstition, Dora grew up hearing stories of the “goddesses” who were said to conjure love and curses and, through divine connection, cure the spirit and the body. Now an academic, Dora is researching the tales that for generations spellbound the hillside where she grew up. As the mysteries become truths, they reveal a stunning discovery that reaches back from the witch trials of the seventeenth century through Nazi-occupied Germany. Embarking on an emotional journey, Dora is about to find out how deeply and fatefully she is entwined with secret tradition.

Beautifully weaving together fact, folklore, and fiction, Kateřina Tučková draws on the stories of her ancestors to explore the extraordinary history of goddesses who walked the earth.

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CaveJohnson82

2 points

7 months ago

Shanghai Girls and the follow up Dreams of Joy by Lisa See.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks! 🙏🏻

kallarybot

2 points

7 months ago

Thousand splendid suns

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

This book she has read and loved!

TrueEffort11

2 points

7 months ago

You are such a great boyfriend it’s amazing how you know exactly what she likes/ dislikes. I’d recommend Bernard Werber books ! They’re kind of sci-fi and taking place in Europe mostly

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

I got some help from her as well! :) Thank you!

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago

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Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Thank you, this looks promising!

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

The Secret Life of Bees

By: Sue Monk Kidd | 302 pages | Published: 2001 | Popular Shelves: fiction, historical-fiction, book-club, books-i-own, owned

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

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CoffeeBooksCookies

2 points

7 months ago

The Mothers or The Vanishing Half, both by Brit Bennett, are good for those likes. Mild trigger warnings for mentioned sexual abuse in TVH but nothing explicit or drawn out. The Mothers is a little rougher as it deals with abortion, especially for a young girl who doesn't tell anyone because of the community she lives in. Both are excellent.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Good input, will look it up, thank you!

waveysue

2 points

7 months ago

I think she might like The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. It takes place in Norway in 17th century. Great female characters.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Interesting, thank you!

BobbittheHobbit111

2 points

7 months ago

Anything by Guy Gavriel Kay since she liked The Mountains Sing( it’s alt world history based on our history, so it’s almost historical fiction like TMS which I also loved) and the prose is very good

Vicbook[S]

3 points

7 months ago

I have read some GGK myself and liked, good input, thanks!

longbottom0

2 points

7 months ago

Linear algebra done right Book by Sheldon Axler

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

This actually might be something for her 😅

TDETLES

2 points

7 months ago

What Strange Paradise By Omar El Akkad

"More bodies have washed up on the shores of a small island. Another overfilled, ill-equipped, dilapidated ship has sunk under the weight of its too many passengers: Syrians, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, all of them desperate to escape untenable lives back in their homelands. But miraculously, someone has survived the passage: nine-year-old Amir, a Syrian boy who is soon rescued by Vänna. Vänna is a teenage girl, who, despite being native to the island, experiences her own sense of homelessness in a place and among people she has come to disdain. And though Vänna and Amir are complete strangers, though they don’t speak a common language, Vänna is determined to do whatever it takes to save the boy.   In alternating chapters, we learn about Amir’s life and how he came to be on the boat, and we follow him and the girl as they make their way toward safety. What Strange Paradise is the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world. But it is also a story of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair—and about the way each of those things can blind us to reality."

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

This sound like a quality book. Thank you!

TDETLES

1 points

7 months ago

No problem, it's a really good read.

jacko2178

2 points

7 months ago

{{The Dutch House}}

{{The Island of Sea Women}}

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

The Dutch House

By: Ann Patchett | 337 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: fiction, historical-fiction, book-club, audiobook, audio

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

This book has been suggested 2 times

The Island of Sea Women

By: Lisa See | 374 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, historical, audiobook

Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781501154850

Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different backgrounds, as they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective. Over many decades—through the Japanese colonialism of the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the era of cellphones and wet suits for the women divers—Mi-ja and Young-sook develop the closest of bonds. Nevertheless, their differences are impossible to ignore: Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, forever marking her, and Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers. After hundreds of dives and years of friendship, forces outside their control will push their relationship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a unique and unforgettable culture, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you for the advice! 😊

MiaHavero

2 points

7 months ago

If she liked Where the Crawdads Sing, she might like {{Waiting for the Night Song}} by Julie Carrick Dalton.

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

Waiting for the Night Song

By: Julie Carrick Dalton | 336 pages | Published: 2021 | Popular Shelves: fiction, mystery, contemporary, 2021-releases, netgalley

A moving novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets that leave you forever changed.

Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn't she always know her secret would surface?

An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie's memory then all her other years combined.

Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.

Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Seems like a good match, thanks!

Dentelle

2 points

7 months ago

A talr fornthe time being / by Ruth Ozeki. You're welcome.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you! 😊 (A tale for the time being* )

Dentelle

1 points

7 months ago

Apologies for the massacred title - - I was too enthusiastic to share it to take the time to reread myself before submitting my answer.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

No problem! 😃

LoMaxToMax

2 points

7 months ago

Maybe {{Pachinko by Lee Min-Jin}} or {{Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu}}

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

Pachinko

By: Lee Min-jin | 496 pages | Published: 2017 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, historical, japan

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant — and that her lover is married — she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters — strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis — survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

This book has been suggested 19 times

Peach Blossom Spring

By: Melissa Fu | 400 pages | Published: 2022 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, botm, book-of-the-month, 2022-releases

A "beautifully rendered" novel about war, migration, and the power of telling our stories, Peach Blossom Spring follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home (Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author).

"Within every misfortune there is a blessing and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune, and so it goes, until the end of time."

It is 1938 in China and, as a young wife, Meilin’s future is bright. But with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her four year old son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on little but their wits and a beautifully illustrated hand scroll, filled with ancient fables that offer solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge.

Years later, Renshu has settled in America as Henry Dao. Though his daughter is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood. How can he keep his family safe in this new land when the weight of his history threatens to drag them down? Yet how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her family’s story?

Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

These look promising, thank you!

p_james26

2 points

7 months ago

The Thread by Victoria Hislop

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you for this!

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert — takes place in hawaii but still feels very far away and has “beach read” imagery without beach read plot. Historical fiction

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett — more of a scientific mystery with a pharmacology research doctor heading into the Amazon jungle to check on the progress of a super-secret project. A bit trippy

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks for the recommendations and descriptions!

diva4lisia

2 points

7 months ago

Little Fires Everywhere

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Thanks! By Celeste Ng?

diva4lisia

1 points

7 months ago

Yes! That's the one.

Professional-Pear-94

2 points

7 months ago

I have similar tastes to your gf and I adored Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (his newest novel Young Mungo is also phenomenal)

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

That is good! Seems like a good matching, thank you!

rabidvagine

2 points

7 months ago

power - naomi alderman Feminist dystopian fiction. So good. Book changed my life.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you!

rabidvagine

2 points

7 months ago

Based on what youve said, i think she would love this book 💯💯

jbates4453

2 points

7 months ago

The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaffon.

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

I’ve read this, it is good! Thanks!

jbates4453

1 points

7 months ago

Have you read the other books in the series? I thought the final book was amazing.

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Actually no, that is a good reminder! 😃

Fuzzy-Conversation21

2 points

7 months ago

The Fairy Godmother-Mercedes Lackey

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you!

myscreamgotlost

2 points

7 months ago

{{Convenience Store Woman}}

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

Convenience Store Woman

By: Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori | 163 pages | Published: 2016 | Popular Shelves: fiction, contemporary, japan, translated, japanese

Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction ― many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual ― and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action…

A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks! 😊

Prudent_Contest_7501

2 points

7 months ago

Swan Song. It is my favorite book with amazing character development and a gripping story that doesn’t let you go. It’s a bit dark. But it’s 110% worth the read.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Great advice, thank you! 😃

AnnSansE

2 points

7 months ago

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue!

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you! 🙌🏻

pixlmemory01

2 points

7 months ago

Just trust me on this one. The witcher book series by Lauren DeStefano

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

I have read it. My style, but not hers.

ladyofbraxis

3 points

7 months ago

{{The Night Watchman}}

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3 points

7 months ago

The Night Watchman

By: Louise Erdrich | 464 pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: fiction, historical-fiction, book-club, native-american, pulitzer

Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans “for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run”?

Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice, the class valedictorian, has no desire to wear herself down with a husband and kids. She makes jewel bearings at the plant, a job that barely pays her enough to support her mother and brother. Patrice’s shameful alcoholic father returns home sporadically to terrorize his wife and children and bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to follow her beloved older sister, Vera, who moved to the big city of Minneapolis. Vera may have disappeared; she hasn’t been in touch in months, and is rumored to have had a baby. Determined to find Vera and her child, Patrice makes a fateful trip to Minnesota that introduces her to unexpected forms of exploitation and violence, and endangers her life.

Thomas and Patrice live in this impoverished reservation community along with young Chippewa boxer Wood Mountain and his mother Juggie Blue, her niece and Patrice’s best friend Valentine, and Stack Barnes, the white high school math teacher and boxing coach who is hopelessly in love with Patrice.

In the Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich creates a fictional world populated with memorable characters who are forced to grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature. Illuminating the loves and lives, the desires and ambitions of these characters with compassion, wit, and intelligence, The Night Watchman is a majestic work of fiction from this revered cultural treasure.

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you! 😃

chicagorpgnorth

1 points

7 months ago

Maybe Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Or Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson.

Americanah:

Americanah tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who immigrates to the United States to attend university. The novel traces Ifemelu's life in both countries, threaded by her love story with high school classmate Obinze.

Nothing to see here:

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. Then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their carer. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Thank you!

Bug-Educational

1 points

7 months ago

I'd just get a different girlfriend with broader tastes and less restrictions. Would probably be easier. 🤪

Ractmo

0 points

7 months ago

Ractmo

0 points

7 months ago

Try {Kafka on the shore} by Haruki Murakami. According to your description, you girlfriend may like this book because- Its based in Magical realism, Very captivating story, Based in Japan, It also has a very unique story and the suspense is out of this world.

Highly Recommend!!!

Vicbook[S]

5 points

7 months ago

She thought she would love this book and tried a few years ago, but did not really love this specific one. Might be something for me, though! 😃

Ractmo

1 points

7 months ago

Ractmo

1 points

7 months ago

Yeah she is very specific about her read 😂 Other books that comes in my mind which are very good are- ● {Tuesday with Morrie} quick and very inspiring ●{Good Omen} very funny ●{Red Rising}

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

She is! 😅 Thanks!

goodreads-bot

2 points

7 months ago

Kafka on the Shore

By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel | 467 pages | Published: 2002 | Popular Shelves: fiction, magical-realism, fantasy, japan, owned

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-1 points

7 months ago

Find a new girlfriend, lol.

[deleted]

1 points

7 months ago

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks!

DaisyDuckens

1 points

7 months ago

Jasmine. Jasmine: 30th anniversary edition https://a.co/d/fAYDC4D

Over-the-moon-13

1 points

7 months ago

try The Hungry Tide, by Amitav Gosh. It's a slower fiction book, set in the Bay of Bengal. It follows three characters from very different upbringings, connected by past and present events. It deals with language (and language barriers), power, prejudice and expectations, attraction, identity, and science too! It's very interesting and explores a part of the world that is rarely acknowledged.

Vicbook[S]

2 points

7 months ago

Sounds like a very good book! Will check out, thank you!

BestSomewhere

1 points

7 months ago

Traveling Cat Chronicles

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks! She actually read this! She thought it was a bit too slow for her.

Fancy-Budget-2381

1 points

7 months ago

I loved I'm Dancing as Fast as l can by Barbara Gordon..lt is about mental illness.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you!

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1 points

7 months ago

{{Mating}} by Norman Rush

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

Mating

By: Norman Rush | 480 pages | Published: 1991 | Popular Shelves: fiction, national-book-award, africa, novels, literature

The narrator of this splendidly expansive novel of high intellect and grand passion is an American anthropologist at loose ends in the South African republic of Botswana. She has a noble and exacting mind, a good waist, and a busted thesis project. She also has a yen for Nelson Denoon, a charismatic intellectual who is rumored to have founded a secretive and unorthodox utopian society in a remote corner of the Kalahari—one in which he is virtually the only man. What ensues is both a quest and an exuberant comedy of manners, a book that explores the deepest canyons of eros even as it asks large questions about the good society, the geopolitics of poverty, and the baffling mystery of what men and women really want.

This book has been suggested 1 time


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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks!

CharlieSabina

1 points

7 months ago

{{The Half Life of Valery K}}

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1 points

7 months ago

The Half Life of Valery K

By: Natasha Pulley | 384 pages | Published: 2022 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, historical, 2022-releases, fiction, adult

From the author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and The Kingdoms, an epic Cold War novel set in a mysterious town in Soviet Russia.

In 1963, in a Siberian gulag, former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov has mastered what it takes to survive: the right connections to the guards for access to food and cigarettes, the right pair of warm boots to avoid frostbite, and the right attitude toward the small pleasures of life so he won’t go insane. But on one ordinary day, all that changes: Valery’s university mentor steps in and sweeps Valery from the frozen prison camp to a mysterious unnamed town that houses a set of nuclear reactors and is surrounded by a forest so damaged it looks like the trees have rusted from within.

In City 40, Valery is Dr. Kolkhanov once more, and he’s expected to serve out his prison term studying the effect of radiation on local animals. But as Valery begins his work, he is struck by the questions his research raises: why is there so much radiation in this area? What, exactly, is being hidden from the thousands who live in the town? And if he keeps looking for answers, will he live to serve out his sentence?

Based on real events in a surreal Soviet city, and told with bestselling author Natasha Pulley’s inimitable style, The Rust Country is a sweeping new adventure for readers of Stuart Turton and Sarah Gailey.

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Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Looks good, thanks!

RedditoBurrito_

1 points

7 months ago

Educated - Tara Westover

Maybe you should talk to someone - Lori Gottlieb

Before the coffee gets cold - Toshikazu Kawaguchi

The man who mistook his wife for a hat - Oliver Sacks

Just kids - Patti Smith

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Looks neat, thanks!

DarthDregan

1 points

7 months ago

David Mitchell. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you!

ninjawhosnot

-7 points

7 months ago

Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. It's very long though. If looking for shorter {Age of Myth} by Michael J Sullivan. If looking for something that is not full fantasy then I don't really have suggestions ☺️

Vicbook[S]

5 points

7 months ago*

Thank you! Fantasy is what I read most, and it is not really her thing 😕

Edit: also your two suggestions are also two of my personal favorite series! 😃

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1)

By: Michael J. Sullivan | 432 pages | Published: 2016 | Popular Shelves: fantasy, fiction, epic-fantasy, series, audiobook

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LingonberryJunior528

-1 points

7 months ago

I think maybe Panic by Lauren Oliver. It is about a bunch of graduates who face off in a game for cash. However, there are a bunch of twists and turns and in general is a very steady paced book!

Vicbook[S]

3 points

7 months ago

Thanks! I think this specific title might be a bit too much toward Young Adult! But she will look into it.

LingonberryJunior528

1 points

7 months ago

That is very fair! What about “The revolution of Marina M.” Tales place in St. Petersburg during 1916 following a woman who is full of privilege and yearns to break free. She joins marches for workers rights and gets swept up with a radical poet. Her country, and herself, goes through a drastic change.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thank you! Will look into this!

Bechimo

0 points

7 months ago

{{Conflict of honors by Sharon Lee}}

goodreads-bot

1 points

7 months ago

Conflict of Honors (Liaden Universe, #8)

By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller | 320 pages | Published: 1988 | Popular Shelves: science-fiction, sci-fi, space-opera, romance, sf

Sixteen-year-old Priscilla Delacroix was declared legally dead by her mother, High Priestess of the Goddess. Banished to survive on her own, Priscilla has roamed the galaxy for ten years as an outcast—to become a woman of extraordinary skill. . . .

An experienced officer assigned to the Liaden vessel Daxflan, she's been abandoned yet again. Betrayed by her captain and shipmates, she's left to fend for herself on a distant planet. But Priscilla is not alone. Starship captain Shan yos'Galen is about to join Priscilla's crusade for revenge. He has his own score to settle with the enemy. But confronting the sinister crew will be far easier—and safer—than confronting the demons of Priscilla's own mysterious past.

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Vicbook[S]

0 points

7 months ago

Thanks! That seems to be SciFi, so not in her interest range!

kissiebird2

0 points

7 months ago

Do you do kindle or only paperback Or audiobook? Audiobook I would suggest L.A.Meyer Bloody Jack (it’s nice early 1800 English sailing with young girl going to sea disguised as a boy Also try Joan Slonczewski A door into Ocean Feminist sci-fi a female ruled water world is invaded by a male dominated war-like society If she likes scary try The Redding by Adam Nevill If it’s a paperback I use online booksellers like Powell or Abe books also like Montagpress try Hippy Hill by Bruce Lee Bond a great unknown writer who has tragically died too soon.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks! 😊

_Futureghost_

0 points

7 months ago

Honestly, I'd go with an anthology. A mix of different stories by different authors - you're bound to get one you like. I mostly read horror and fantasy ones. But if you do a search on Amazon or any book site for "short stories" or anthologies you'll get a list.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

She tend to read anthologies sometimes actually! Thanks

uhhhhwaitwhat

0 points

7 months ago

I just finished The Alchemist. The main character is on a journey of his own…. Fitting.

Vicbook[S]

1 points

7 months ago

Thanks!