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The Unadoptables

The Unadoptables
  • Author(s): Hana Tooke
  • Location(s): Amsterdam
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Later 1800s

In the autumn of 1886, Elinora Gassbeek, matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage discovers five new babies in most extraordinary circumstances: One in a tin toolbox. One in a coal bucket. One in a picnic hamper. One in a...

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days
  • Author(s): Juliet Conlin
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2, present-day

Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…...

The Undercurrents

The Undercurrents
  • Author(s): Kirsty Bell
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Biography, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Various

The Undercurrents: A Story of Berlin is a dazzling work of biography, memoir and cultural criticism told from a precise vantage point: a stately nineteenth-century house on Berlin’s Landwehr Canal, a site at the centre of great historical changes,...

The Underground Girls Of Kabul

The Underground Girls Of Kabul
  • Author(s): Jenny Nordberg
  • Location(s): Afghanistan
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Era(s): Modern

An Afghan woman’s life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappointment: being born a girl and finally, having a daughter of her own. For some, disguising themselves as boys is the...

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author(s): Colson Whitehead
  • Location(s): United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 19th century

From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life...

The Undertaker’s Daughter

The Undertaker’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Kate Mayfield
  • Location(s): Kentucky
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): late 20th / early 21st centuries

After Kate Mayfield was born, she was taken directly to a funeral home. Her father was an undertaker, and for thirteen years the family resided in a place nearly synonymous with death. A place where the living and the...

The Undoing

The Undoing
  • Author(s): Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Grace Sachs, a happily married therapist with a young son, thinks she knows everything about women, men and marriage. She is about to publish a book based on her pet theory: women don’t value their intuition about men, leading...

The Undrowned Child

The Undrowned Child
  • Author(s): Michelle Lovric
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Children, Fantasy, Historical
  • Era(s): Turn of the 20th century

Teodora has always longed to visit Venice. And at last she has her chance. But strange and sinister things are afoot in the beautiful floating city. Teo is quickly subsumed into a secret world in which salty-tongued mermaids run...

The Undrowned Child

The Undrowned Child
  • Author(s): Michelle Lovric
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 20th century

It’s the beginning of the 20th century; the age of scientific progress. But for Venice the future looks bleak. A conference of scientists assembles to address the problems, among whose delegates are the parents of twelve-year-old Teodora. Within days...

The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor

The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor
  • Author(s): Rana Haddad
  • Location(s): Aleppo, Latakia, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Aspiring photographer Dunya Noor discovers early on that her curious spirit, rebellious nature, and very curly hair are a recipe for disaster in 1980s Syria. And at the tender age of thirteen, she is exiled to live with her...

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