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House of the Winds, Mia Yun

A love story of magic and healing that takes readers from the heartache of a young human rights lawyer in present-day San Francisco to the lives of a courageous trio of women in medieval Tuscany. A legendary ruin.

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.

A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf

In A Room of One's Own, the narrator argues that even history is subjective. What she seeks is nothing less than “the essential oil of truth,” but this eludes her, and she eventually concludes that no such thing exists.

Kindred, Octavia E. Butler

The protagonist of Kindred is Dana Franklin, the young woman who is pulled into the past by her ancestor, Rufus Weylin. She is forced to learn to live as a slave and deal with Rufus' obsessive behavior until such time as her ancestor and Rufus' daughter, Hagar, is born.

No-No Boy, John Okada

No-No Boy depicts a second generation Japanese American's struggle to balance his loyalty to the Japanese culture, to his parents, and to his country, the United States. Ichiro Yamada is interned during World War II. He is put in jail for answering no to the two critical questions on the allegiance questionnaire.

Passing, Nella Larsen

Set primarily in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1920s, the story centers on the reunion of two childhood friends—Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield—and their increasing fascination with each other's lives. The title refers to the practice of "racial passing", and is a key element of the novel.

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

It tells the story of her family who live in Frankfurt, Germany and suddenly have to go into hiding as a result of Hitler and the Nazi Party's treatment of Jews in Europe during the second world war. They escape to Amsterdam where they go into hiding with other Jews. The diary ends suddenly on 1 August 1944

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

The epic tale of Janie Crawford, whose quest for identity takes her on a journey during which she learns what love is, experiences life's joys and sorrows, and come home to herself in peace.

Beloved, Toni Morrison


The Call Of The Wild, Jack London

Like Water For Chocolate, Laura Esquirel

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys