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It’s that time again! Summer is drawing to a close and we think you need to top it off with a great book! That’s right, Sister India Reads book club is back!

Grab some coffee and cozy up, we are diving into another truly great read from beloved young adult author, Mitali Perkins. Nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of multiple Best Book of the Year awards, "You Bring the Distant Near” explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse, from the perspective of Indian girls who’ve moved to the US. It’s appropriate for ages 12 and older, and we’re all enjoying this wonderful book. 



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