The Four Winds

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#1 Beneath A Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the victorious, epic account of one young man’s tremendous fortitude and resiliency during one of history’s darkest periods. It is based on the true story of a forgotten hero.

Pino Lella is opposed to both the Nazis and the war. He is a typical Italian adolescent who is fascinated with food, music, and girls, but his days of youth are numbered. Pino joins an underground railroad to aid Jews fleeing from the Alps when the bombs dropped by the Allies destroy his family’s home in Milan. He also falls in love with Anna, a stunning widow who is six years his senior. Pino’s parents push him to enlist as a German soldier in an effort to protect him, believing that this will keep him out of battle.

#2 Nightingale

American author Kristin Hannah’s historical fiction book The Nightingale was released by St. Martin’s Press in 2015. The book tells the tale of two sisters who fought to survive and oppose the German occupation of France during World War II while living in France.

Vianne Mauriac bids her husband Antoine farewell in the tranquil village of Carriveau as he departs for the Front. She doesn’t think the Nazis will take over France. However, they do invade in large numbers of marching soldiers, convoys of trucks and tanks, and planes that fill the sky and rain bombs on defenseless people. Vianne and her daughter are forced to coexist with the enemy when a German captain seizes their home. Otherwise, they risk losing everything. She is compelled to make one impossible decision after another in order to keep her family alive when they are without food, money, or hope and as danger mounts all around them.

#3 The Great Alone

Former POW Ernt Allbright returns from the Vietnam War a different and more violent person. He takes an impetuous decision to relocate his family to Alaska, where they’ll live off the net in the country’s final true frontier, after losing yet another job.

Leni, a 13-year-old girl growing up at a turbulent time and trapped in the riptide of her passionate, turbulent connection with her parents, dares to dream that moving to a new country may bring about a better future for her family. She is in dire need of a place to call home. Cora, her mother, is willing to go to any lengths for the man she adores, even if it involves pursuing him into the dark.

#4 All The Light We Cannot See

Marie-Laure, whose father works at the Museum of Natural History, resides in Paris close by. When Marie-Laure is twelve years old, the Nazis have taken over Paris, and her father and daughter leave for Saint-Malo, a walled city where Marie-great Laure’s uncle lives alone in a tall home by the sea. They may be transporting the most priceless and hazardous treasure in the museum.

Orphan Werner Pfennig grows up in a mining village in Germany with his younger sister, fascinated by a rudimentary radio they discover that transmits news and tales from locations they have never visited or imagined. Werner gains proficiency in creating and maintaining these essential new tools and is hired to use his skill to find the resistance. Doerr skillfully illustrates the ways people attempt to be kind to one another in spite of all circumstances by weaving together the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner.

#5 Before We Were Yours

1939 in Memphis. On their family’s Mississippi River skiff, 12-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings lead fantastic lives. However, Rill is left in charge when their father has to hurry their mother to the hospital on a stormy night, up until a large group of strangers arrive. The Foss children are taken away from everything they know and placed in an orphanage run by the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. They are told they will shortly be reunited with their parents, but they soon come to grips with the grim reality. Rill battles to maintain her sisters and brother together in a world of peril and uncertainty while being at the merciless mercy of the facility’s sadistic director.

Present-day Aiken, South Carolina. Avery Stafford, who was raised in affluence and privilege, appears to have it all—a distinguished profession as a federal prosecutor, a charming fiancé, and an extravagant wedding in the works. An accidental encounter, however, leaves Avery with unsettling questions and forces her to travel through her family’s long-hidden history, on a road that will eventually lead either to destruction or to atonement, when she returns home to assist her father through a health crisis.

#6 The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

Lale Sokolov, a Jew from Slovakia, is forcibly sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in April 1942. He is hired as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), entrusted with permanently marking his fellow inmates after his captors learned that he speaks multiple languages.

Lale, who has been jailed for more than 2.5 years, sees unbelievable acts of courage and kindness in addition to horrifying horrors and cruelty. He puts his own life in danger by using his position of power to buy food for his fellow captives by exchanging jewelry and money from dead Jews.

#7 Gentleman In Moscow

Amor Towles made a name for himself as a master of intellectual fiction with Rules of Civility, his bestselling debut book, which brilliantly captured the ambiance and style of late 1930s Manhattan. In the words of NPR, “Towles writes with grace and energy about the social norms and manners of a civilization on the edge of tremendous change,” readers and critics were enthralled.

With the tale of Count Alexander Rostov, A Gentleman in Moscow transports us to a different gorgeously rendered era. The count is placed under house imprisonment in the Metropol, a luxurious hotel located across the street from the Kremlin, in 1922 after being found to be an unrepentant aristocracy by a Bolshevik tribunal.

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#8 Cloud Cuckoo Land

When all is lost, what endures are our tales. How will we survive the end of everything? In order to depict a vision of surviving against all odds, Cloud Cuckoo Land draws together an extraordinary ensemble of dreamers and outsiders from the past, present, and future.

Constantinople, 1453: On opposing sides of a city wall, a cursed child who loves animals and an orphaned seamstress risk all to defend the people they care about.

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#9 Pachinko

Teenage Sunja, the beloved daughter of a disabled fisherman, falls in love with a rich stranger at a beach close to her house in Korea in the early 1900s. He makes a lot of promises, but she rejects his advances when she learns she’s pregnant and that her lover is married. Instead, she accepts a marriage proposal from a kind, frail clergyman who is passing through town while traveling to Japan. But by leaving her house and rejecting her son’s wealthy father, she starts a dramatic story that will last for many generations.

Pachinko is a beautifully written and incredibly poignant tale of love, devotion, ambition, and sacrifice. Strong, unyielding women, devoted sisters, and sons, fathers shook by moral crisis, and others Lee’s complex and passionate characters survive and thrive against the uncaring arc of history in everything from bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld.

#10 Books Like The Alice Network

Two women—an unconventional American socialite looking for her cousin in 1947 and a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I—are brought together in a captivating new historical novel by national bestselling author Kate Quinn. The story is one of bravery and redemption.

1947. American college student Charlie St. Clair is unmarried, pregnant, and on the verge of being expelled from her extremely proper family in the turbulent years following World War II. She also has a fervent wish that her beloved cousin Rose, who vanished during the war in Nazi-occupied France, is still alive. Charlie, who is determined to learn what happened to the cousin she adores like a sister, escapes her parents’ control and travels to London after they send her to Europe to have her “small problem” resolved.

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#11 A Man Called Ove

A noisy young family comes in next door, upending the lonely life of a gruff but lovable father. I’m Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of person who accuses those he doesn’t like of breaking in through his bedroom window. He has short temper, rigid routines, and strong morals. People refer to Ove as the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter simply because he doesn’t always have a smile on his face?

There is a story and grief hidden beneath the gruff appearance. So when a chatty young couple and their two chatty young girls move in next door one November morning and unintentionally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it serves as the prelude to a funny and endearing story of unkempt cats, a surprising friendship, and the age-old skill of backing a U-Haul. All of which will fundamentally alter one grumpy old man and a neighborhood residents’ group.

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#12 The Rose Code

1940. Three very different women respond to the summons to the enigmatic country estate Bletchley Park, where the brightest minds in Britain learn to decipher German military codes, as England gets ready to fight the Nazis. Osla is a vivacious debutante who has it all—beauty, money, and the handsome Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she is driven to prove that she is more than just a society girl. To that goal, she uses her fluent German to translate enemy secrets. Mab, a conceited self-made woman who was raised in poverty in East London, works the famed code-breaking machines while hiding her scars and looking for a husband who will benefit her social standing.

Meliara must learn a whole new method of fighting if she is to survive—with wit, words, and covert alliances. At least in war, she knew who she could rely on. She can no longer put her trust in anyone.

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#13 Books Like The Maid

Molly Gray is unique compared to other people. She has trouble interacting with others and frequently misinterprets their intentions. Molly’s grandmother used to translate the world for her, codifying everything into clear guidelines that she could follow.

Since Gran passed away a few months ago, Molly, age 25, has had to deal with the difficulties of life on her own. Whatever the case, she enthusiastically dives into her work as a hotel maid. She is the perfect candidate for the job because of her distinctive personality, obsession with cleanliness, and understanding of the right protocol. She enjoys putting on her polished uniform every morning, filling her cart with tiny soaps and bottles, and making sure the guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel are immaculate.

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#14 Books Like Lessons In Chemistry

Elizabeth Zott, a chemist, is not your typical woman. In actuality, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to acknowledge the lack of a typical woman. However, her all-male Hastings Research Institute staff has a very unscientific perspective on equality because it is the early 1960s. Except for Calvin Evans, the misanthropic, bright, and Nobel Prize nominee who falls in love with her mind of all things. Results of true chemistry.

But life is unpredictable, just like science. Because of this, Elizabeth Zott discovers herself to be a single mother and the unwilling star of Supper at Six, one of America’s most popular cookery programs, a few years later. Elizabeth’s novel method of cooking—combining a tablespoon of acetic acid with a dash of sodium chloride—proves to be ground-breaking. But not everyone is pleased as her fan base expands. Elizabeth Zott isn’t simply teaching women how to cook, it turns out. She is daring them to alter the current situation.

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#15 Anxious People

An emotional comedy about a crime that never happened, a would-be bank robber who vanishes into thin air, and eight incredibly anxious strangers who discover they have more in common than they ever imagined comes from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and “writer of astonishing depth” (The Washington Times).

Viewing an apartment is often not a life-or-death experience, but this open house does turn into one when a failed bank robber storms in and kidnaps everyone inside. The eight strangers gradually start to open up to one another as the pressure builds and divulge long-kept secrets. The whimsical story of Anxious People serves up memorable insights into the human condition and is a friendly reminder to be kind to all the anxious people we come across every day. It is rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled humanistic approach” (Shelf Awareness).

#16 The Dutch House

At the conclusion of World War II, Cyril Conroy builds a massive real estate empire by a combination of good fortune and a single wise investment, lifting his family out of extreme poverty. The Dutch House, an opulent house outside of Philadelphia, is his first order of business. The house, which was intended to be a present for his wife, causes everyone he loves to fall apart.

Danny, Cyril’s kid, tells the tale as he and Maeve, their older sister, who is superbly sarcastic and confident, are banished from the home where they were raised by their stepmother. The two affluent brothers discover they can only rely on one another when they are thrust back into the misery their parents had managed to escape. Both their lives are saved and their futures are derailed by this unbreakable tie between them.

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#17 Klara And The Sun

From her vantage point inside the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with exceptional observational skills, keeps a close eye on the actions of those coming in to browse and people walking by on the street outside. While Klara is still certain that a client will soon select her, she is cautioned not to place too much faith in human promises as it becomes possible that her circumstances could change for good.

In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro examines the fast-evolving modern world through the perspective of a memorable narrator to delve into a central query: what is love?