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Can reading literature from other countries make us better travelers?

According to M. Lynx Qualey from Words Without Borders, Mark Twain read Arabic literature. Not widely; there were no English translations of Twain’s Arab contemporaries circulating in the mid-1800s…  Support our news coverage by subscribing to our Kindle Nation Daily Digest. Joining is free right now!

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Twain was unquestionably influenced by the 1001 Nights, which he probably read via Edward William Lane. Twain put it on a list of favorite books, right between “Crusoe” and “Gulliver.” He probably didn’t know the 1001 Nights was one of a number of popular fourteenth- and fifteenth-century collections, scorned by many Arab literati of its time. He probably did know the collection was a wild hit in Antoine Galland’s French translation before it moved to English.

Twain’s whole generation was marked by reading the Nights. He was one of many nineteenth-century authors to pen his own burlesque 1002nd Night, which he did in 1883. Apparently, it was so unfunny that his publisher cut it down, then shelved it.

Twain was also, famously, a traveler. In the 1860s, he took a long trip that encompassed several Arab-majority countries. Still a young journalist, he talked his newspaper into paying his way on the Quaker City steamboat, promising to send back dispatches, which he later turned into The Innocents Abroad.

You can imagine his hearty portraits of stupid savages, dim-witted travelers, and ugly women. In Jerusalem, he compares the locals to Indians, as if prescient of a settler-colonialism to come: “They sat in silence, and with tireless patience watched our every motion with that vile, uncomplaining impoliteness which is so truly Indian, and which makes a white man so nervous and uncomfortable and savage that he wants to exterminate the whole tribe.”

Clearly, Twain meant to exaggerate and entertain. Perhaps he was a decent enough guest in “real” life: he took off his shoes before entering a home and paid fair wages. But his caricatures had consequences. Popular literature is constantly in motion, being used in ways its authors cannot necessarily foresee. The absurdist way he constructed Palestine is now promoted as proof that there were no nineteenth-century Palestinians.

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Trapped by the voices and visits from the dead, Dean is drowning…
Drowning by Steven M. Cross
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by Steven M. Cross
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Dean knows being different isn’t always a good thing.

Trapped by the voices and visits from the dead, Dean is drowning. His father, allegedly drowned, and the friend who took his own life taunt like the school bullies he can’t seem to get away from.

A sliver of hope breaks through when his mother announces they are moving. A chance for a fresh start for all of them. So why does she move them to the cottage near the river his father drowned in?

The water begins to envelop him, threatening to pull him under, when Dean discovers nothing changes and the bullies find not only him, but his twin sister, Dee, as favorite targets. Dean’s personal struggles worsen as his tentative grasp on reality weakens.

An unexpected hand plunges through the water toward him, bringing with it questions and a family secret that haunts them all.

See why Margery Allingham is J.K. Rowling’s favorite Golden Age author with this classic crime novel! The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

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The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion)

by Margery Allingham
3.9 stars – 164 reviews
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Classic Crime from the Golden Age, the first in the Albert Campion Series. Margery Allingham is J.K. Rowling’s favourite Golden Age author.

George Abbershaw is set for a social weekend at Black Dudley manor, hosted by Wyatt Petrie and his elderly uncle Colonel Combe, who enjoys the company of Bright Young Things. With Meggie Oliphant in attendance, George looks forward to the chance of getting closer to the girl he’s set his heart on. But when murder spoils the party, the group soon find out that not only is there a killer in their midst, but the house is under the control of notorious criminals. Trapped and at their mercy, George must find a way to thwart their diabolical plans while getting himself and Meggie out alive.

Luckily for Abbershaw, among the guests is Albert Campion – a garrulous and affable party-crasher with a great knack for solving mysteries and interrogating suspects.

The Crime at Black Dudley, first published in 1929, is the first novel to introduce Margery Allingham’s amiable and much loved sleuth – Albert Campion.

A YA dystopian adventure like no other…. Hunted at every turn, can Trinity make it home before her week is up? Lake Of Sins: Escape by L. S. O’Dea

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Lake Of Sins: Escape: A YA dystopian adventure like no other.

by L. S. O’Dea
4.4 stars – 196 reviews
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Trinity has one week to find her friend, or she’ll be the next to go.

When the harvest is over, tradition dictates that the weakest teens be culled from the camp. None of them are ever seen again.

Last year, they took Trinity’s only friend. She’s spent every spare moment scouring the woods, searching for him. She’s close to finding him, but the year is over. The harvest is done.

She sneaks into the forest for one last attempt to locate her friend but she’s barely left camp when the first call of Guards on hunt shatters the air.

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Dean knows being different isn’t always a good thing.

Trapped by the voices and visits from the dead, Dean is drowning. His father, allegedly drowned, and the friend who took his own life taunt like the school bullies he can’t seem to get away from.

A sliver of hope breaks through when his mother announces they are moving. A chance for a fresh start for all of them. So why does she move them to the cottage near the river his father drowned in?

The water begins to envelop him, threatening to pull him under, when Dean discovers nothing changes and the bullies find not only him, but his twin sister, Dee, as favorite targets. Dean’s personal struggles worsen as his tentative grasp on reality weakens.

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Lake Of Sins: Escape: A YA dystopian adventure like no other.

by L. S. O’Dea
4.4 stars – 196 reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Here’s the set-up:

Trinity has one week to find her friend, or she’ll be the next to go.

When the harvest is over, tradition dictates that the weakest teens be culled from the camp. None of them are ever seen again.

Last year, they took Trinity’s only friend. She’s spent every spare moment scouring the woods, searching for him. She’s close to finding him, but the year is over. The harvest is done.

She sneaks into the forest for one last attempt to locate her friend but she’s barely left camp when the first call of Guards on hunt shatters the air.

She can’t let them catch her but she has nowhere to hide. A strange creature lurks in the water, following her down the river and something stalks her from the woods. Every minute brings the Guards closer. Soon, she’ll be surrounded. Forest or river. Which enemy should she choose?

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Perils and Pearls: In World War II, a Family’s Story of Survival and Freedom from Japanese Jungle Prison Camps

by Hulda Bachman-Neeb
5.0 stars – 28 reviews
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In World War II much of Asia fell under Japanese control after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

All non-Asians were imprisoned in concentration camps until August of 1945, the end of the war in the Pacific.

This is the story of a Dutch family, resident in the Dutch East Indies, that fell victim to the Japanese occupation and was interned in jungle camps throughout the war. It tells the journey from riches to rags, from fear and suffering, to the joy of freedom and recovery.

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Tajael (Fallen Angels 1) – Paranormal Romance

by Alisa Woods
4.4 stars – 169 reviews
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TAJAEL
I am an angeling of the light, Protector class, assigned to Guardian Duty… and I am Tempted.

A war brews in the immortal realms, between the Angels of Light—created to love and protect humanity—and their ancient enemy, the Fae. The Fae have created a demon plague to stop the humans and their technology from invading the immortal realms. I’m tasked with protecting a beautiful scientist who may do exactly that… but this duty is fraught with danger. Not due to the demons who hunt her but because a Fall from Lust will plunge me into shadow. I’ve already been marked by the darkness of that realm—and I’ve vowed never to return.

CHARLOTTE
I’m a scientist, a physicist, a woman of reason… and I don’t believe in angels.

My Ex broke me in ways I didn’t even know I could break. But I’ve moved on and put the nightmares behind me. Now I have work to do, a theory to test, and a billionaire lined up to fund my experiments. If I’m successful, it will change the world. Everything’s finally coming together—then my co-worker attacks me, my hot neighbor saves me, and suddenly, I’m wondering if there’s more to my theories about an extra-dimensional world than I ever suspected…

In a war that threatens mortals and immortals alike, the Angels of Light vow to protect humanity… but they will be tempted by the sweet promise of Love.

FALLEN ANGELS is a follow-on series from the bestselling FALLEN IMMORTALS series. It contains sexy hot angels of light—and shadow.

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Divorced, Desperate and Delicious (Texas Charm Book 1)

by Christie Craig
4.3 stars – 648 reviews
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“A thrill ride of hunky heroes, high jinks, and heartwarming romance.” Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author.

Can a desperate cop on the run persuade a charming divorcee to give him a place to hide out?

Ever since photographer Lacy Maguire caught her ex playing Pin the Secretary to the Elevator Wall, she’s been content with her dog Fabio, her three cats, and a vow of chastity. But all of that changes when the reindeer-antlered Fabio drags in a very desperate, on-the-run detective who decides to take refuge in her house–a house filled with twinkling lights and a decorated tree. (Okay, so it’s February, but she has a broken heart to mend, a Christmas-card shoot to do, and a six-times divorced, match-making mother to appease.) For the first time in a looooong while, Lacy reconsiders her vow. Because sexy Chase Kelly, wounded soul that he may be, would be an oh-so-delicious way of breaking her fast. Now, if she can just keep them both alive and him out of jail . . .

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The Highlander’s Claim

by Jessica Knight
4.5stars – 16 reviews
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She’s the daughter of the sworn enemy of my clan.
I disappeared from her life 10 years ago. Now I’m back to take her. To take what has always been mine.

Our love was doomed from the start. But I wanted her from the moment I laid eyes on her.
Then a strange twist of fate left her wounded and in my care.
I took her. And she fell for me. She gave me her maidenhood, and I gave her my heart.
But for the good of my people and to save us all from this deadly war, I am forced to give her up. Again.
When I learn though that she is being used as a pawn in a murderous scheme and her uncle has declared the cause more worthy than her life, neither the English army nor God himself can keep me from fighting my way to her. From saving her.
It was a twist of fate that brought us together. But she is mine and I am not going to let her go. Ever.
I’d risk it all to save her. But will I be able to get to her in time?

Neil must unite three supernatural families against one common enemy in… The Sparks: Book I of The Epic Feud Trilogy by award winning author Kyle Prue

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The Sparks: Book I of the Epic Feud Trilogy (The Feud Trilogy 1)

by Kyle Prue
4.5 stars – 67 reviews
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One teen assassin-in-training must unite three warring supernatural dynasties before death comes to them all…

Find out why USA Today calls The Sparks“A crackling read!” “

Neil Vapros just wants to make his father proud. The sixteen-year-old aspires to serve his family as an assassin, but he nearly dies in the process. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Neil’s family, as well as two rival dynasties, have abandoned an ancient promise to protect their city. An unknown evil has begun hunting all three houses from the shadows…

As Neil’s relatives fall one-by-one, he attempts to unite the three supernatural families against a common enemy. But earning trust after years of assassination attempts could prove impossible. Neil’s fight may involve more than a bloodthirsty empire, as betrayal rears its ugly head…

The Sparks is the first book in the award-winning Epic Feud trilogy of young adult fantasy novels. If you like captivating characters, inventive world building, and supernatural battles, then you’ll love Kyle Prue’s action-packed coming-of-age tale.

“A crackling read! The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once otherworldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a deft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue’s young age. He’s a voice to be heard.”  Scott Bowles, USA Today

Winner of numerous national awards including:
Best Book in Florida and Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015 from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. The Sparks was runner up for Best Young Adult Fiction at the Florida Book Festival and won Honorable Mentions at the New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Prue also won an International Moonbeam Award and Indie Fab award for Best Young Author. 

The Sparks: Book I of the Epic Feud Trilogy (The Feud Trilogy 1) by [Prue, Kyle]