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A well rounded woman is a woman who reads, and whether you love the traditional comfort of a hardcover or the modern convenience of an e-reader, indulging in a good book feeds the mind and soothes the soul. Here are four books that are sure to be welcome additions to any book collection.

Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel – Isabel Allende
Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarite—known as Tete—is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Tete’s childhood is filled with brutality and fear, yet somehow she manages to find solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo she discovers through her fellow slaves. Soon twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island to take over his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare, but soon discovers it is neither glamorous nor easy, and Valmorain is forced to remain dependent on the services of his teenaged slave Tete.

Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the captivating story of the intertwined lives of Tete and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruelest of circumstances.

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