Books about Self Determination

  1. Little Brother

    by Cory Doctorow
    A teen tech genius fights against a dystopian government by using his skills to create a revolution.

    Marcus Yallow is a 17-year-old hacker /techno whiz from San Francisco . One day Marcus and his best friend Darryl play truant from school to play an Alternate Reality Game . A terrorist attack is ... (Wikipedia)

  2. The Great Dune Trilogy

    by Frank Herbert
    Epic saga of a desert planet, where a powerful family must save the universe from destruction.

    Duke Leto Atreides of the House Atreides , ruler of the ocean planet Caladan, is assigned by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV to serve as fief ruler of the planet Arrakis . Arrakis is a harsh and ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Children of Dune

    by Frank Herbert
    Epic saga of a royal family's struggle for power and the fate of their desert planet.

    Nine years after Emperor Paul Muad'Dib walked into the desert, blind, the ecological transformation of Dune has reached the point where some Fremen are living without stillsuits in the less arid ... (Wikipedia)

  4. All Systems Red

    by Martha Wells
    Murderbot navigates a dangerous world while struggling to maintain its own autonomy.

    "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure." In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are ... (Goodreads)

  5. القوقعة: يوميات متلصص

    by مصطفى خليفة
    An account of a young man’s life in Jerusalem under oppressive Israeli rule.

    إنّه زمن “القوقعة”، حيث يختلط كل شيء. لا حدود فاصلة بين الماضي والحاضر، السوريالي والواقعي. هي ليست مجرّد رواية يقصّها علينا أحدهم. هي نص يختزن الرعب، الخوف، الظلم..الإحتضار. تدور الأحداث في ... (Goodreads)

  6. The Late Mattia Pascal

    by Luigi Pirandello
    A man's journey to reclaim his identity and freedom from a life of dullness and unhappiness.

    The protagonist, Mattia Pascal, finds that his promising youth has, through misfortune or misdeed, dissolved into a dreary dead-end job and a miserable marriage. His inheritance and the woman he ... (Wikipedia)

  7. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    by Daniel H. Pink
    A thought-provoking analysis of what truly motivates people, challenging traditional notions of rewards and punishments.

    The, New York Times, bestseller that gives readers a paradigm-shattering new way to think about motivation Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the ... (Goodreads)

  8. Geisha, a Life

    by Mineko Iwasaki
    Autobiography of a geisha, recounting her life of beauty, art, and traditional Japanese culture.

    "No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and ... (Goodreads)

  9. Borders of Infinity

    by Lois McMaster Bujold
    A collection of three novellas featuring Miles Vorkosigan, a disabled but brilliant military strategist, navigating political intrigue and danger.

    Limited edition volume. Contents: Frame story that follows Miles' time on Earth in Brothers in Arms The Mountains of Mourning (1989) Labyrinth (1989) The Borders of Infinity (1987) ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    by Robert A. Heinlein
    Revolutionary group fight for freedom from an oppressive lunar colony.

    In 2075, the Moon (Luna) is used as a penal colony by Earth's government, with three million inhabitants (called "Loonies") living in underground cities. Most Loonies are criminals, political exiles, ... (Wikipedia)

  11. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    by Alexander McCall Smith
    An empowering story of female friendship, courage, and detective work in Botswana.

    Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana's No.1 (and only) lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. However, ... (Goodreads)

  12. A Town Like Alice

    by Nevil Shute
    A young woman's courageous journey from a Japanese war camp to a new life in Australia.

    The story falls broadly into three parts. In post-World War II London, Jean Paget, a secretary in a leather goods factory, is informed by solicitor Noel Strachan that she has inherited a considerable ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Blood Red Road

    by Moira Young
    A dystopian adventure of survival and family, as a young woman sets out on a quest to save her kidnapped brother.

    ▶, ACE #1, Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her ... (Goodreads)

  14. Island of the Blue Dolphins

    by Scott O'Dell
    A young girl is stranded on an island and must find a way to survive on her own.

    The main character is a Nicoleño girl named Won-a-pa-lei, whose secret name is Karana. She has a brother named Ramo, whose curiosity usually leads to trouble, and a sister named Ulape. Her people ... (Wikipedia)

  15. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

    by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    A collection of short stories exploring the struggles of women in a patriarchal society.

    Best known for the 1892 title story of this collection, a harrowing tale of a woman's descent into madness, Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote more than 200 other short stories. Seven of her finest are ... (Goodreads)

  16. The Hamilton Affair

    by Elizabeth Cobbs
    A historical fiction novel that explores the love story of Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza Schuyler.

    For fans of, Hamilton, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, here is the, New York Times, bestselling novel that, Cosmopolitan, called, “ A juicy answer to Ron Chernow's, Alexander Hamilton., ” Set against the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  17. The Courage to Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change your Life and Achieve Real Happiness

    by Ichiro Kishimi
    Exploring the philosophical roots of happiness through the power of self-determination.

    The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness. The Courage to be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power ... (Goodreads)

  18. Mommie Dearest

    by Christina Crawford
    A memoir detailing the abusive and traumatic childhood of Christina Crawford, daughter of Hollywood actress Joan Crawford.

    When Christina Crawford's harrowing chronicle of child abuse was first published in 1978, it brought global attention to the previously closeted subject. It also shed light on the guarded world of ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Custom of the Country

    by Edith Wharton
    A woman's rise to the top of high society, exploring the cut-throat world of New York.

    The Spraggs, a family of midwesterners from the fictional city of Apex who have made money through somewhat shady financial dealings, arrive in New York City at the prompting of their beautiful, ... (Wikipedia)

  20. Cinder

    by Marissa Meyer
    A young cyborg girl must rise above the prejudice of her society to save the world.

    The story is set in a futuristic city, New Beijing, when the countries of the world have re-organized to form various new empires and alliances and the Moon has been colonized. Asia is now an ... (Wikipedia)

  21. The Story of a New Name

    by Elena Ferrante
    Two young women's search for identity and independence in a patriarchal society.

    In 2012, Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend introduced readers to the unforgettable Elena and Lila, whose lifelong friendship provides the backbone for the Neapolitan Novels. The Story of a New ... (Goodreads)

  22. Jane Steele

    by Lyndsay Faye
    A young woman on a quest of self-discovery, determined to avenge her wrongs.

    Reader, I murdered him.,A Gothic retelling of, Jane Eyre,. Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they ... (Goodreads)

  23. The Road to Serfdom

    by Friedrich A. Hayek
    Warning against the dangers of collectivism and the power of bureaucracy.

    A classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a ... (Goodreads)

  24. Uncle Tom's Cabin

    by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    An anti-slavery novel exploring themes of morality, faith, and justice.

    The book opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife Emily Shelby believe that they have a benevolent relationship with ... (Wikipedia)

  25. The Oath of the Vayuputras

    by Amish Tripathi
    An epic adventure of revenge, redemption and self-discovery.

    ONLY A GOD CAN STOP IT. Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. The Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose ... (Goodreads)

  26. The Gate to Women's Country

    by Sheri S. Tepper
    In a post-apocalyptic world, women and men live in separate communities. A woman's discovery of a forbidden truth threatens the status quo.

    The Gate to Women's Country is set in the future, 300 years after a nuclear war destroyed most of human civilization. The book focuses on a matriarchal nation known as Women's Country , and ... (Wikipedia)

  27. Washington Square

    by Henry James
    A woman's struggle against the expectations of her society, in pursuit of her own happiness.

    The plot of Washington Square has the simplicity of old-fashioned melodrama: a plain-looking, good-hearted young woman, the only child of a rich widower, is pursued by a charming but unscrupulous man ... (Goodreads)

  28. The War I Finally Won

    by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    A young girl with a disability finds the courage to fight for independence and to make her own choices.

    Ada and her younger brother, Jamie, now have a permanent home with their loving legal guardian, Susan Smith. Although Jamie adapts more easily, Ada still struggles with the aftermath of her old life, ... (Goodreads)

  29. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

    by Simone de Beauvoir
    A young woman's journey of self-discovery and exploration of her place in the world.

    A superb autobiography by one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century, Simone de Beauvoir's Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter offers an intimate picture of growing up in a bourgeois French ... (Goodreads)

  30. The Awakening and Selected Stories

    by Kate Chopin
    Exploration of women's identity and social roles in a patriarchal society.

    11 stories: The Awakening Beyond the Bayou Ma'ame Pelagie Desiree's Baby A Respectable Woman The Kiss A Pair of Silk Stockings The Locket A Reflection At the 'Cadian Ball The Storm ... (Goodreads)

  31. The Queen of Attolia

    by Megan Whalen Turner
    A young queen must face political upheaval and a dangerous enemy to protect her kingdom.

    Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, has been caught spying on the Queen of Attolia. He expects to be hanged, but the Queen instead resorts to an ancient traditional punishment for thievery and has his ... (Wikipedia)

  32. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know

    by Emily Oster
    Evidence-based look at pregnancy and its associated medical advice, challenging conventional wisdom.

    What to Expect When You're Expecting, meets, Freakonomics,: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting. ... (Goodreads)

  33. My Brilliant Career

    by Miles Franklin
    A young woman in rural Australia dreams of a life beyond marriage and motherhood, but struggles to reconcile her desires with societal expectations.

    The heroine, Sybylla Melvyn, is an imaginative, headstrong girl growing up in rural Australia in the 1890s. Drought and a series of poor business decisions reduce her family to subsistence level, her ... (Wikipedia)

  34. The Feminine Mystique

    by Betty Friedan
    A groundbreaking exploration of the dissatisfaction felt by women in the 1950s and beyond.

    Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique . Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of ... (Goodreads)

  35. Beware, Princess Elizabeth

    by Carolyn Meyer
    A historical fiction novel about the life of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII, as she navigates the dangerous political landscape of Tudor England.

    Imprisonment. Betrayal. Lost love. Murder. What more must a princess endure? Elizabeth Tudor's teenage and young adult years during the turbulent reigns of Edward and then Mary Tudor are hardly those ... (Goodreads)

  36. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

    by Manning Marable
    A biography exploring the life of Malcolm X, civil rights activist and leader.

    Selected by, The New York Times Book Review, as a Notable Book of the Year Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figure in twentieth-century ... (Goodreads)

  37. My Sister's Keeper

    by Jodi Picoult
    A girl's struggle to reconcile her identity with her family's expectations and her own desires.

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart ... (Goodreads)

  38. The Girls

    by Lori Lansens
    Two conjoined twins in search of independence and a sense of self-worth.

    Meet Rose and Ruby: sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as "the girls." They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, ... (Goodreads)

  39. Capitalism and Freedom

    by Milton Friedman
    Analysis of economic policies and their effects on individual liberty.

    Selected by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the "hundred most influential books since the war" How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to ... (Goodreads)

  40. Herland

    by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    An exploration of a utopian society composed entirely of women, questioning gender roles.

    The story is told from the perspective of Vandyck "Van" Jennings, a sociology student who, along with two friends, Terry O. Nicholson and Jeff Margrave, forms an expedition party to explore an area ... (Wikipedia)

  41. Forever Amber

    by Kathleen Winsor
    Epic story of a young woman's journey from poverty to becoming a courtesan in 17th century England.

    Judith Marsh has been engaged since birth to her neighbor, John Mainwaring, heir to the Earl of Rosswood. In 1644, she has her engagement broken off when her family and the Mainwarings find ... (Wikipedia)

  42. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

    by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    Exploration of the hybrid identity of Chicana women, navigating between two cultures.

    Anzaldua, a Chicana native of Texas, explores in prose and poetry the murky, precarious existence of those living on the frontier between cultures and languages. Writing in a lyrical mixture of ... (Goodreads)

  43. On the Move: A Life

    by Oliver Sacks
    An autobiography of the life and career of neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks.

    When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. ... (Goodreads)

  44. The Milagro Beanfield War

    by John Nichols
    A small town's battle against land developers, and their struggle for justice.

    Nearly 500 residents of the agricultural community of Milagro in the mountains of northern New Mexico face a crisis when politicians and business interests make a backroom deal to usurp the town's ... (Wikipedia)

  45. I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

    by Rigoberta Menchú
    Autobiography of a young indigenous woman's life in Guatemala, detailing the struggles and oppression faced by her people.

    Interviews with a Guatemalan national leader discuss her country's political situation and the resulting violence, which has claimed the lives of her brother, mother, and father. ... (Goodreads)

  46. Slash

    by Slash
    The life story of iconic rock guitarist Slash, from his childhood to his days in Guns N' Roses.

    From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll He was born in England but reared in L.A., surrounded by the leading artists of the day ... (Goodreads)

  47. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

    by Candice Millard
    A biography of Winston Churchill's heroic acts in the Boer War, and his rise to greatness.

    From, New York Times, bestselling author of, Destiny of the Republic, and, The River of Doubt, a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War ... (Goodreads)

  48. Something Fresh

    by P.G. Wodehouse
    A comedic tale of mistaken identity and romance, as a young woman seeks independence.

    Ashe Marson and his fellow lodger Joan Valentine discover that they both work as writers for the Mammoth Publishing Company . Joan urges Ashe to overcome his discontentment and take a fresh direction ... (Wikipedia)

  49. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

    by Nadia Hashimi
    A young Afghan girl's struggle to break free from oppressive traditions and find her own path.

    Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural ... (Goodreads)

  50. Skip Beat!, Vol. 03

    by Yoshiki Nakamura
    Kyoko Mogami's revenge against her ex-boyfriend continues as she auditions for a commercial. But will her lack of experience hold her back?

    When Kyoko’s heart is broken, she decides that revenge is a dish best served in the spotlight! Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But ... (Barnes & Noble)

  51. Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    by Ted Kerasote
    A dog's journey of freedom and friendship, teaching us about loyalty and life.

    While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog—a Labrador mix—who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him ... (Goodreads)

  52. Casting Off

    by Hugh Howey
    A young woman's journey across the ocean in a sailboat, finding her way in life.

    The silo has appointed a new sheriff. Her name is Juliette, and she comes not from the shadows of deputies, but from the depths of the down deep. But what does being a mechanic have to do with ... (Goodreads)

  53. The City of Gold and Lead

    by John Christopher
    Will and his friends escape from the Tripods and journey to the White Mountains to join the resistance.

    Will, Beanpole, and Henry have managed to escape the Tripods. But instead of living in safety, in the small community of free people, they have chosen to embark upon a mission that may cost them ... (Goodreads)

  54. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    by Paul Tough
    Examines the importance of character development in children's success, and the impact of adversity on their lives.

    Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool ... (Goodreads)

  55. The Joys of Motherhood

    by Buchi Emecheta
    A Nigerian woman navigates motherhood, marriage, and societal expectations in a changing world.

    Nwokocha Agbadi is a proud, handsome and wealthy local chief . Although he has many wives, he finds a woman named Ona more attractive. Ona (or a priceless jewel ) is the name he has given her. She is ... (Wikipedia)

  56. Just Ella

    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Ella, a servant girl, dreams of a better life and a prince who will rescue her. But reality is not as simple as fairy tales.

    Fifteen-year-old Ella Brown of Fridesia, now known as Princess Cynthiana Eleanora, is engaged to Prince Charming and living in the palace preparing for the wedding day and life as a princess. For the ... (Wikipedia)

  57. The Happiest Refugee

    by Anh Do
    A memoir of an immigrant family's struggles and triumphs as they seek a better life in Australia.

    Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous ... (Goodreads)

  58. Sometimes a Great Notion

    by Ken Kesey
    A powerful story of a family's struggle against the odds and the forces of change.

    The story centers on the Stamper family, a hard-headed logging clan in the coastal town of Wakonda, on the Oregon coast, in the early 1960s. The union loggers in Wakonda go on strike in demand of the ... (Wikipedia)

  59. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

    by Elena Favilli
    Collection of inspiring stories about extraordinary women and their accomplishments.

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children's book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from ... (Goodreads)

  60. The Second Sex

    by Simone de Beauvoir
    A philosophical exploration of the history, struggles and oppression of women in society.

    Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality ... (Goodreads)

  61. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    by Deborah Feldman
    A woman's journey of liberation, leaving behind the oppressive confines of her Hasidic community.

    The instant New York Times bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel and Carolyn Jessop’s Escape , featuring a new ... (Goodreads)

  62. Any Other Name

    by Craig Johnson
    A Wyoming Sheriff investigates a cold case murder that uncovers a tangled web of secrets.

    A sheriff’s mysterious death spurs the new novel in the, New York Times, bestselling Walt Longmire series Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E ... (Goodreads)

  63. Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley

    by Charlotte Gordon
    A dual biography of two remarkable women, mother and daughter, who defied societal norms and made significant contributions to literature and feminism.

    Romantic Outlaws, is the first book to tell the story of the passionate and pioneering lives of Mary Wollstonecraft – English feminist and author of the landmark book,, The Vindication of the Rights ... (Goodreads)

  64. The Stolen Marriage

    by Diane Chamberlain
    A small-town woman faces societal pressure to make a difficult choice between family and her own dreams.

    Steeped in history and filled with heart-wrenching twists,, The Stolen Marriage, is an emotionally captivating novel of secrets, betrayals, prejudice, and forgiveness. It showcases Diane Chamberlain ... (Barnes & Noble)

  65. Darkness, Be My Friend

    by John Marsden
    A group of five teenage friends discover the harsh realities of survival during a military conflict.

    The author of, A Killing Frost, continues his bestselling series. ,“,Marsden,’,s style is as surefooted as his independent band of teens.,”—,School Library Journal, Ellie and her friends had been ... (Barnes & Noble)

  66. King's Cage

    by Victoria Aveyard
    A young woman's fight against a tyrannical regime, determined to break free of her captors.

    The third book in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling series! In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s #1, New York Times, bestselling Red Queen series, rebellion is rising ... (Barnes & Noble)

  67. The Report Card

    by Andrew Clements
    Fifth-grader Nora secretly gets straight Ds on her report card to prove a point about the education system.

    9 year old Nora was a disgrace to her entire family, To disguise her intellect, Nora observes and emulates her classmates so she doesn't stand out. She becomes interested in one of her schoolfellow, ... (Wikipedia)

  68. The Secrets of Mary Bowser

    by Lois Leveen
    Based on a true story, Mary Bowser, a former slave, becomes a Union spy during the Civil War.

    “Masterfully written,, The Secrets of Mary Bowser, shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.”,—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of, The Lace Reader , “Packed with drama, intrigue, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  69. Burned Alive

    by Souad
    A survivor's account of her brutal, harrowing experience of being burned alive by her family.

    When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to one's family and was punishable by death. This was her crime. ... (Goodreads)

  70. Live Free or Die

    by John Ringo
    Earth is invaded by aliens, and a group of humans fight for their freedom and survival.

    First Contact Was Friendly When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were ... (Goodreads)

  71. The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

    by Ayn Rand
    A philosophical exploration of the concept of egoism, advocating for rational self-interest.

    Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life–the life proper to a rational being--as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as ... (Goodreads)

  72. Fever

    by Lauren DeStefano
    In a world where people die at 25, Rhine is kidnapped and forced to marry a wealthy man. She must escape before time runs out.

    Fever takes place in a future where genetic sciences have created a cure of all diseases and illness for humanity. This cure allows for the "First Generation" of perfect humans free from ailments. ... (Wikipedia)

  73. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

    by Alan Sillitoe
    A young man from a working-class background turns to long-distance running as a means of escape and rebellion against societal norms.

    When he is caught by the police for robbing a bakery, Smith is sentenced to be confined in Ruxton Towers in Essex , a borstal (young offenders institution) for delinquent youths. He seeks solace in ... (Wikipedia)

  74. Footsteps

    by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

    Kehadiran roman sejarah ini, bukan saja dimaksudkan untuk mengisi sebuah episode berbangsa yang berada di titik persalinan yang pelik dan menentukan, namun juga mengisi isu kesusastraan yang sangat ... (Goodreads)

  75. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

    by Liz Murray
    A remarkable story of redemption and hope, tracing a young woman's journey from poverty and homelessness to Harvard.

    In the vein of, The Glass Castle, Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard. Liz Murray was born to ... (Barnes & Noble)

  76. Spirit Walker

    by Michelle Paver
    A young boy embarks on a dangerous journey to become a Spirit Walker and save his tribe from a deadly curse.

    The story takes place in Northern Europe, in an area inhabited by clans of humans named after different animals. These clans live a hunter-gatherer existence with a shamanic belief system. Six months ... (Wikipedia)

  77. The Wangs vs. the World

    by Jade Chang
    A family of Chinese immigrants lose their fortune and embark on a cross-country road trip to reconnect with each other and their roots.

    Charles Wang is the patriarch of a family of five, a self-made millionaire who parlayed his family connections to the urea industry into a cosmetics empire. He would bet the future of the company ... (Wikipedia)

  78. Lord John and the Private Matter

    by Diana Gabaldon
    A thrilling mystery adventure set in Scotland, as Lord John Grey unravels a family secret.

    In her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure — a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable ... (Goodreads)

  79. My Notorious Life

    by Kate Manning
    A young girl rises from poverty to become a controversial midwife in 19th century New York City.

    A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning's My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages. Axie's story begins ... (Goodreads)

  80. God Don't Like Ugly

    by Mary Monroe
    A coming-of-age story of a young girl growing up in the rural south, facing abuse, racism, and poverty.

    New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe sweeps readers back to the streets, porches, and parlors of civil rights-era Ohio to bring to life the first steps of an enduring friendship between two ... (Goodreads)

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