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The Personal History of Rachel Dupree. Much of this book takes place in the Badlands of South Dakota--a MUST-SEE drive for anyone traveling to the Black Hills.

Orange prize for fiction - the 2009 longlist in full

I'm not a huge history person, but I really found this book fascinating. (and I'm not just saying that because of my Irish husband, either. truly!)

“Her curiosity was too much for her. She felt almost as if she could hear the books whispering on the other side of the half-open door. They were promising her a thousand unknown stories, a thousand doors into worlds she had never seen before.” © Cornelia Funke, from her novel Inkheart

The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry (Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.)

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

A barnstorming tale of an irrepressible, brawling, bawdy era and Mrs. Tom Thumb, the remarkable woman who had the courage to match the unique spirit of America’s Gilded Age