A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a story that focuses on relationships between women while living in Afghanistan. The novel touches on Afghanistan and its turbulent history and violent present and how it has shaped the landscape of the country. “Suns” touches on the plight of women in the hyper-conservative state and how the main character, Mariam, must endure an arranged marriage with a man who treats her like an animal.

Nowhere Else on Earth - Josephine Humphreys

During the Civil War, Rhoda Strong, a member of the Native American tribe from North Carolina, the Lumbees, must fight to define herself and her people. Rhoda and her family find themselves in the middle of a bloody conflict between the local home guard and the Lowery Gang. Rhoda’s love for the leader of the Lowery Gang, Henry, finds her putting herself and her loved ones in more and more danger throughout this gripping tale of love and war.

A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

Ignatius J. Reilly is a man who cannot seem to catch a break throughout “A Confederacy of Dunces.” Struggling to hold a job, Ignatius is a vagrant who meets an amazing cast of secondary characters who help paint a living, breathing picture of New Orleans in 1963.

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

A true coming-of-age novel that mulls on the question of destiny and what one is truly meant to do in life, “The Alchemist” is a book that will leave the reader questioning much after this short romp through Egypt. Through simple writing, Coelho somehow captures the beauty of life and will leave the reader thinking long after they finish reading.

East of Eden - John Steinbeck

“East of Eden” is set in the scenic Salinas Valley located in California, and that is something that Steinbeck will not let you forget throughout this story of good and evil. With biblical strength and powerful word choice, two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons fall into the trappings of Cain and Abel again and again over multiple generations.

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