“While our movements these days may be restricted, that doesn’t mean we can’t explore the world,” says Oprah Winfrey in the essay she penned to introduce Oprah Magazine’s annual summer reading list. This year, that list boasts 28 women writers from around the world, and its diverse range of titles will transport readers across the globe to places like India, France, Peru and Japan as well as into parts of our own country we’ve yet to explore.

Read Oprah’s essay on the power of traveling outside our comfort zones through books here.

Oprah Magazine also provides excerpts from seven of the 28 selected titles, including an exclusive preview of Emma Donoghue’s upcoming July release, The Pull of Stars.

An expansive and truly enthralling list of summer reads, Oprah Magazine’s selections invite readers to immerse themselves in stories that will transport them all over the world while nestled in their own reading nooks. Perhaps a staycation can expand your worldview after all.

FICTION

A Burning by Megha Majumdar | Read an excerpt | Read BookTrib’s Review
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Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh
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Little Eyes by Samantha Schweblin | Read an excerpt
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My Mother’s House by Francesca Momplaisir
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The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vega
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The Anthill by Julianne Pachico
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Afterland by Lauren Beukes
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The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg
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Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
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Must I Go by Yiyun Li
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Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan | Read an excerpt
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Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read an excerpt
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Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
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The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue | Read an excerpt
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Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri
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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett | Read an excerpt
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SHORT STORIES & ESSAYS

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura Ven Den Berg
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Amora by Natalia Borges Polesso
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Good Citizens Need Not Fear by Maria Reva
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Brown Album by Porochista Khakpour
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Animal Spirit by Francesca Marciano
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Alligator and Other Stories by Dima Alzayat
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MEMOIR

Rebel Chef by Dominique Crenn
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All the Way to the Tigers by Mary Morris
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Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
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Fairest by Meredith Talusan | Read an Excerpt
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NONFICTION

Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen
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Illustration in feature art by Erin Robinson, reproduced with permission. Check out the full article and learn more about each title in O Magazine.