What are the best books featuring lepers?

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    #1The Pearl Diver

    The Pearl Diver

    The Pearl Diver is a historical cultural Japan fiction written by Jeff Talarigo which tells the story of a girl exiled to leprosarium in Nagashima. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2005 by Anchor.

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    Mildred Bell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    ""The Pearl Diver" is a historical fiction novel though the setting of Nagashima Leprosarium, is real though and gives authenticity to the story. Haunting and engaging. Very good story and should be listed under a best category in my opinion."
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    #2Moloka'i (A Novel)

    Moloka'i (A Novel)

    Moloka'i is a historical fiction written by Alan Brennert. This tells the story of Rachel Kalama who has been diagnosed with leprosy. With over 400 pages, this book was published in 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin
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    Devansh Banerjee
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "OPretty boring and graphic novel, I didn;t enjoy the book at all and had to read it in college."
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    #3Squint: My Journey with Leprosy

    Squint: My Journey with Leprosy
    Squint: My Journey with Leprosy is a nonfiction autobiography memoir written by Jose P. Ramirez with a Foreword by James Carville. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2009 by University Press of Mississippi.
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    Simon Wu
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Wow. If you are looking for a book featuring lepers, this is it. I never knew what these people went through but after this I will never look at scabs the same way."
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    #4No Ordinary Day

    No Ordinary Day
    No Ordinary Day is a realistic cultural Indian young-adult fiction written by Deborah Ellis. This tells the story of Valli who has been diagnosed with leprosy. With over 100 pages, this book was published in 2011 by Groundwood Books.
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    Ethan Cunningham
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book was hard for me to read, but ultimately was worth it. First off it's dark effectively about child with leprosy in a country that largely doesn't care. However it is compelling and it shines a light on a serious issue and how people try to handle it. In the end there is a positive and uplifting message of hope here that matters. "
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    #5No Footprints in the Sand

    No Footprints in the Sand

    No Footprints in the Sand - A Memoir of Kalaupapa Book is written by by Henry Kalalahilimoku Nalaielua and Sally-Jo Keala-o-anuenue Bowman. With over 100 pages, this book was published in 2007 by Watermark Publishing.

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    Helen Lawrence
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is a moving and touching story about a disease that is surprisingly still effecting people today. This human experience is unique, beautiful and gut wrenching all at the same time. I wish we knew more about this disease and the impact it has on people and communities."
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    #6The Dark Light

    The Dark Light
    The Dark Light is a young adult historical fiction written by Mette Newth. This tells the story of Tora who is diagnosed with leprosy. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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    Jacob Gray
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The artwork on the cover of this book is very intriguing. It also comes in paperback and hardcover. "
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    #7Olivia: My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa

    Olivia: My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa

    Olivia: My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa is a nonfiction biography-memoir written by Olivia R. Breitha. With over 100 pages, this book was published in 1991 by Arizona Memorial Museum Assn.

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    Evelyn Grant
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Touching story about one woman's struggle from the age of 18. It was such a short story but also gives much detail about Olivia's life."
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    #8Shark Dialogues

    Shark Dialogues
    Shark Dialogues is a historical magical realism fiction written by Kiana Davenport. This tells the story of a Polynesian Hawaiian family. With over 500 pages, this book was published in 1995 by Plume.
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    Bryan Davidson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Lepers are part of the island that the story is set in, but they are not the main focus. The main focus is on the granddaughters and the mysteries of the island. The overall story and characters are good."
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    #9The Colony: The Harrowing

    The Colony: The Harrowing

    The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai is a nonfiction medical history book written by John Tayman about lepers. With over 400 pages, this book was published in 2007 by Scribner Book Company.

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    Joe Holmes
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a book about lepers from the land of Molokai. It has a number of very solid reviews so it will fit the line of the topic."
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    #10The Samurai's Garden

    The Samurai's Garden

    The Samurai's Garden is a historical fiction written by Gail Tsukiyama. The novel highlights the intrinsic themes of loyalty and honor native to the Japanese culture. It was first published in May 1996.

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    Mónica Correa
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Not a lot is known today about the disease leprosy. It's also not prominently featured in many fiction books. Gail Tsukiyama includes a touching look at this feared disease in her book The Samurai's Garden. Set in Japan and China in the 1930s the book covers the aspects of honor, loyalty and uncovering the secret of someone you care for. Do you want to learn more about what it was like to live as a leper? Do you want to learn a little more about leprosy and want to start researching it further? Start with this book, which is a great story with a gentle female character afflicted by this disease. "
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    #11An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections

    An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections
    An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections is a non-fiction book written by Ron Barrett, George Armelagos. First published in 2013, it highlights the human infectious diseases from the Neolithic to the present day.
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    Devansh Balasubramanium
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is extremely niche so other than the Bible it's hard to think of examples of books that could fit this niche. This book actually sounds really interesting, so I think this is as good of a solution as is possible."

Summary

Best What are the best books featuring lepers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Pearl DiverBooks 27 Paid
2Moloka'i (A Novel)Books 24 Paid
3Squint: My Journey with LeprosyBooks 22 Paid
4No Ordinary DayBooks 19 Paid
5No Footprints in the SandBooks 16 Paid
6The Dark LightBooks 14 Paid
7Olivia: My Life of Exile in KalaupapaBooks 13 Paid
8Shark DialoguesBooks 7 Paid
9The Colony: The HarrowingBooks 7 Paid
10The Samurai's GardenBooks 4 Paid
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