Read Around North America Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in North America.

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Best books from North America (519)
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Runaway by Alice Munro EN

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**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** The matchless Munro makes art out of everyday lives in this exquisite short story collection. Here are men and women of wildly different times and circumstances, their lives made vividly palpable by the nuance and empathy of Munro's writing. Runaway is about the power and betrayals of love, about lost children, lost chances. There is pain and desolation beneath the surface, like a needle in the heart, which makes these stories more powerful and compelling than anything she has written before. Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2009.

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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
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The bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative, beginning with the mysterious death of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history. Intertwined with Iris’s account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind kil... continue

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All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews EN

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Miram Toews's All My Puny Sorrows - Sunday Times Top Choice Summer Read Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters. Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. When Elf's latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go. Miriam Toews's All My Puny Sorrows, at once tender and unquiet, offers a profound re... continue

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Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro EN

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE These are beguiling, provocative stories about manipulative men and the women who outwit them, about destructive marriages and curdled friendships, about mothers and sons, about moments which change or haunt a life. Alice Munro's stories surprise and delight, turning lives into art, expanding our world and shedding light on the strange workings of the human heart.

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A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia—a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a viole... continue

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood EN

Rating: 4     50 Votes
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The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's n

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Bunny by Mona Awad EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
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"Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort--a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other 'Bunny,' and are often found entangled in a group hug so tight they become one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' fabled 'Smut Salon,' and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door--ditching ... continue

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Disfigured : On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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"Challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies. In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm - as long as you're beautiful and walk on two legs. After all, the ogre never gets the princess. And since fairy tales are the foundational myths of our culture, how can a girl with a disability ever think she'll have a happy ending? By examining the ways that fairy tales have shaped our expectations of disability, Disfigured will point the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment or impediment but operates, instead, as a way of ce... continue

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The Ghosts That Haunt Me : Memories of a Homicide Detective by Steve Ryan EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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After years working as a homicide detective, there are some things you just can’t forget. For retired homicide detective Steve Ryan, hair-raising true crime stories are more than just entertainment — they were real life. Investigating homicide for more than a decade, he spent time searching for killers and saw his share of sad and unjust occurrences. Some things were so terrible they were impossible to forget, even after his retirement from the police force. In The Ghosts That Haunt Me, Steve memorializes his time as a homicide investigator. While hard to tell, these stories were harder to liv... continue

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things : A Novel by Iain Reid EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
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Includes Reader's Guide with discussion questions.