A surprisingly feminist novel for its time, Middlemarch depicts the lives of 'good country people' focusing on two characters - Dorothea and Lydgate - as they navigate unhappy marriages. Eliot focuses on depicting the pitfalls and realities of marriage and of following one's vocational dreams.
The true-life story of a man who worked within the system to save the lives of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Based off of excerpts and stories from the Jewish people that were saved because of his actions. More famously known for the award-winning movie.
An eloquent college professor gives his dying insights on life, death, morality and everything inbetween. Incredibly wise, uplifting and funny, this book details the relationship between the professor, Morrie, and his old student, Mitch.
Adapted from her TED Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie creates a clear definition of what it means to be feminist. Lays it all out on the table and you either accept her word as truth or you don't.
We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Joy Luck Club
Joy Luck Club, the definitive, original, Asian American literature. This book details the lives of four Chinese-American women and their mothers, in the modern setting of San Francisco. In a lot of ways, it perfectly captures what it means to be an immigrant, or to have an immigrant parent - the relationships are lovely and painful and real and this is a must-read, especially for anyone of Asian background (such as myself).