What are the best books set in foreign lands?

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    #1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.

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    Christina Richards
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is set in Sweden with travel throughout close-by Europe. This is a very intriguing book that is a psycho-crime-drama. It will be difficult to put it down."
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    #2The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Rosa María Herrera
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Book Thief is so fascinating because it is set in Nazi Germany, and definitely one of the best books set in foreign lands to expand young adult readers' awareness of the era and the historic backdrop. Character development is rich and the story is deftly told. "
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    #3Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Lauren Jenkins
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "A short but powerful recounting of the horrors that those who were placed in concentration camps and the way they were treated by Nazi Germany. Heartwrenching and incomprehensible, this book will play to all of your emotions. A must read for everyone. "
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    #4Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a nonfiction book by Jung Chang which tells the story of three generations in twentieth-century China and how they have been affected by Mao as well as their society. It was published in 2003 by Touchstone.

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    Howard Garcia
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a book written by Jung Chang. The book tells the story of three generations in twentieth-century China blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history."
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    #5The Poisonwood Bible

    The Poisonwood Bible
    The Poisonwood Bible written by Barbara Kingsolver is a historical fiction in piles of classic literature. The story involves an unexpected embark of a family in a mission to Belgian Congo.

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    Patrick Willis
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "May not be everyone's cup of tea but you never know until you give it a try. My mother in-law told me about this book and i'm about half way through it now. I'm enjoying it so far."
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    #6The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.

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    Alan Simmons
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Interesting book from a setting in India. If you are interested in books that feature settings different than the U.S., then this book will without a doubt give you that new type of perspective. The storyline is really fantastic, and sort of immerses you into the book. I really did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but now I may even consider it one of the top books I have read."
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    #7The Trigger

    The Trigger

    In The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War, Tim Butcher is part travelogue, reportage, and history. It's the story of a young man who changed the world forever.

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    Bobby Sullivan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Trigger takes place on foreign land and is one of those books that really makes you think. I would call this book a haunting as well as a mind trip. Would recommend to those who like books about wars. "
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    #8Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a historical fiction novel by Lisa See, which tells the story of Lily, who was paired with Snow Flower as her "laotong that is set in the 19th century in China. 
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    Jesse Hughes
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan seems to be a very good solution for books set in foreign lands. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is the epitome of being set in a foreign land, as the book actually takes place in China, following the story of two girls communicating in secret via fans."
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    #9Chasing the Devil

    Chasing the Devil

    Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit is an adventure filled western African culture, travel nonfiction book written by Tim Butcher. It was published January 1, 2010 by Chatoo & Windus.

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    #10Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    #11A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 

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    Maria Mitchell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Set in Kabul, Afghanistan, this is an amazing story of endurance and everlasting friendship! If you are looking for a great book set in a foreign land, I definitely recommend this book!"

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Best What are the best books set in foreign lands
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 40 Paid
2The Book ThiefBooks 35 Paid
3NightBooks 33 Paid
4Wild Swans: Three Daughters of ChinaBooks 33 Paid
5The Poisonwood BibleBooks 30 Paid
6The God of Small ThingsBooks 28 Paid
7The TriggerBooks 25 Paid
8Snow Flower and the Secret FanBooks 24 Paid
9Chasing the DevilBooks 23 Paid
10Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 20 Paid
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