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Jun 26

Adult Summer Reading Suggestions: Books set outside the U.S.

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Imagine Your story Summer Reading Program takes place June 22 through July 31

Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate all kinds of stories. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.

Books set outside the U.S.

Today we'll highlight our favorites titles from books that take you on a journey outside of the Continental U.S. 

Our Top Suggestions

  • Island beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
    Summary: From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, the latest novel from Isabel Allende tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny. The Girl with the Louding Voice book cover
  • The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
    Summary: Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a "louding voice" — the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir. When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family.
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
    Summary: The host of "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.

Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the link below for a list of more book suggestions. Click on the book covers in the pdf to request the book in our catalog.

Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library started June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges and win prizes. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.