Books about Sympathetic

  1. Oliver Twist

    by Charles Dickens
    An orphan's journey of survival and resilience in the face of poverty and injustice.

    Oliver Twist is born into a life of poverty and misfortune, raised in a workhouse in the fictional town of Mudfog , located 70 miles (110 km) north of London . , , , He is orphaned by his father's ... (Wikipedia)

  2. The Book Thief

    by Markus Zusak
    A young girl's journey of survival in Nazi Germany, preserving the power of words.

    Narrated by Death , a male voice who over the course of the book proves to be morose yet caring. The plot follows Liesel Meminger as she comes of age in Nazi Germany during World War II . After the ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Les Misérables

    by Victor Hugo
    Epic tale of love, loss, and redemption set against the backdrop of 19th-century France.

    The story begins in 1815 in Digne , as the peasant Jean Valjean , just released from 19 years' imprisonment in the Bagne of Toulon —five for stealing bread for his starving sister and her family and ... (Wikipedia)

  4. The Mountains of Mourning

    by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Miles Vorkosigan investigates a murder in a remote village where prejudice against genetic mutations runs deep.

    Miles Vorkosigan is sent to a small mountain village to investigate the murder of an infant, killed because she had a physical defect. Miles must deal with deep-seated prejudice against "mutants" and ... (Barnes & Noble)

  5. March

    by Geraldine Brooks
    A story of courage and resilience during the Civil War, through the eyes of a father.

    Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. From the author of the acclaimed Year of Wonders , a historical novel and love story set during a time of catastrophe, on the front lines of the ... (Goodreads)

  6. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

    by Helen Rappaport
    Chronicles the lives of Tsar Nicholas II's daughters, and their struggle to survive the Russian Revolution.

    A 12-WEEK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." —,People, magazine "The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  7. $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

    by Kathryn J. Edin
    A shocking investigation into the lives of families living in extreme poverty in America, surviving on $2 a day.

    A, New York Times, Notable Book of the Year “A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States.” —, New York Times Book Review, “Powerful . . . ... (Barnes & Noble)

  8. A Raisin in the Sun

    by Lorraine Hansberry
    A black family's struggle for a better life and the dreams that accompany their journey.

    Walter and Ruth Younger, their son Travis, along with Walter's mother Lena (Mama) and Walter's sister Beneatha, live in poverty in a dilapidated two-bedroom apartment on Chicago's south side. Walter ... (Wikipedia)

  9. Her Fearful Symmetry

    by Audrey Niffenegger
    Two sisters explore a haunted London estate, uncovering secrets of a mysterious past.

    Elspeth dies of leukemia. Her apartment, located beside Highgate cemetery in London, is left for the daughters of Edwina, her estranged twin sister. Elspeth's nieces, identical twins Julia and ... (Wikipedia)

  10. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

    by Victor Hugo
    A story of love, loyalty and redemption set amidst the stunning architecture of 15th century Paris.

    The story is set in Paris in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI . The Romani Esmeralda (born as Agnes) captures the hearts of many men, including those of Captain Phoebus and Pierre Gringoire , but ... (Wikipedia)

  11. The Cherry Orchard

    by Anton Chekhov
    A family faces the loss of their beloved cherry orchard due to financial troubles. They struggle to come to terms with the changing times.

    The play opens in the early morning hours of a cool day in May in the nursery of Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya's ancestral estate, somewhere in the provinces of Russia just after the turn of the 20th ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Eve's Daughters

    by Lynn Austin
    Four women from different generations navigate life's challenges and find strength in their faith and family ties.

    What Would You Do If a Secret Was Causing Your Family to Crumble? Is there a secret terrible enough that it should never be revealed, not even if it was tearing a family apart? For more than five ... (Barnes & Noble)

  13. Salem Falls

    by Jodi Picoult
    A teacher wrongfully accused of a crime must persevere in confronting his past and society's prejudices.

    Jack is a highly educated high school teacher at a private school for girls in New England . However, he is falsely accused of having an inappropriate relationship with one of his students, to which ... (Wikipedia)

  14. Little Dorrit

    by Charles Dickens
    A tale of injustice, exploring the social and economic inequalities of Victorian England.

    The novel begins in Marseilles "thirty years ago" (c. 1826), with the notorious murderer Rigaud telling his prison cellmate John Baptist Cavalletto how he killed his wife, just prior to being ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Leaving Everything Most Loved

    by Jacqueline Winspear
    Detective Maisie Dobbs unravels a murder case in 1920s London, uncovering secrets along the way.

    London, 1933. Two months after Usha Pramal's body is discovered in the waters of a city canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs for help. Not only has Scotland Yard made ... (Barnes & Noble)

  16. Noughts & Crosses

    by Malorie Blackman
    Exploring racism and prejudice in a world where the races are divided between Noughts and Crosses.

    Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society. Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a ... (Goodreads)

  17. If There Be Thorns

    by V.C. Andrews
    A family drama exploring the dark corners of love, secrets, and forbidden passion.

    The book is narrated by two half-brothers , Jory and Bart Sheffield. Jory is a handsome, talented fourteen-year-old boy who wants to follow his mother Cathy in her career in the ballet , while ... (Wikipedia)

  18. The Loop

    by Nicholas Evans
    A story of a love triangle between two brothers and a woman set against the backdrop of the Wild West.

    Helen Ross is a 29-year-old biologist, sent into a hostile place to protect the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. She struggles for survival and for self-esteem, embarking on a love affair ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Ship of Brides

    by Jojo Moyes
    A group of war brides sail from Australia to England on an aircraft carrier, facing challenges and forming unexpected bonds.

    From the, New York Times, bestselling author of, The Giver of Stars, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the ... (Goodreads)

  20. Flowers for Algernon

    by Daniel Keyes
    A mentally-challenged man's journey to become a genius, only to fall into despair.

    The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases ... (Goodreads)

  21. The Devil's Highway: A True Story

    by Luis Alberto Urrea
    A harrowing account of a group of Mexican migrants crossing the US-Mexico border, and their struggle for survival.

    "The single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy." (The Atlantic), The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of ... (Goodreads)

  22. Bambi

    by Felix Salten
    A beloved tale of a young deer's journey from innocence to understanding the circle of life.

    Bambi is a roe deer fawn born in a thicket in late spring one year. Over the course of the summer, his mother teaches him about the various inhabitants of the forest and the ways deer live. When she ... (Wikipedia)

  23. Save Me a Seat

    by Sarah Weeks
    Two boys from different backgrounds navigate the first week of fifth grade, dealing with bullies and finding friendship.

    Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.,Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved ... (Barnes & Noble)

  24. Message from Nam

    by Danielle Steel
    A young journalist's journey to Vietnam during the war, where she falls in love and faces the harsh realities of war.

    The novel follows Paxton Andrews, who is stationed in Vietnam as a journalist during the Vietnam War , focusing on the men she encounters and how her life and the lives of the people she encounters ... (Wikipedia)

  25. Broken

    by Karin Slaughter
    A gripping thriller, uncovering a web of secrets and lies.

    Broken begins with the murder of college student Allison Spooner. When the body is pulled from frigid Lake Grant, detective Lena Adams and her often drunk boss, interim Chief of Police Frank Wallace, ... (Wikipedia)

  26. Emmy & Oliver

    by Robin Benway
    Childhood friends reunite after Oliver is found, 10 years after being kidnapped by his father. Emmy helps him adjust to life he doesn't remember.

    Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy's soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never ... (Barnes & Noble)

  27. Between Sisters

    by Kristin Hannah
    A story of entangled family dynamics, exploring the strength of sisterly bonds.

    "We all make mistakes, but for Meghann Dontess the terrible choice she made some years ago cost her everything, including the love of her sister, Claire. Meghann is now a highly successful attorney, ... (Goodreads)

  28. The Road to Wigan Pier

    by George Orwell
    Journey of social discovery, examining the struggles of working class life in 1930s England.

    A searing account of George Orwell’s experiences of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that ... (Goodreads)

  29. Lost December

    by Richard Paul Evans
    Wealthy businessman experiences a life-changing journey after losing everything in a single night.

    "It has been said that sometimes the greatest hope in our lives is just a second chance to do what we should have done right in the first place. This is the story of my second chance." —Prologue of ... (Goodreads)

  30. Loving Mr. Daniels

    by Brittainy C. Cherry
    High school student, Ashlyn, falls in love with her music teacher, Mr. Daniels, and they navigate the challenges of their forbidden relationship.

    To Whom it May Concern, It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates. When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find ... (Goodreads)

  31. The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

    by Xinran
    Xinran shares the stories of women in China, revealing their struggles and triumphs in a male-dominated society.

    When Deng Xiaoping's efforts to "open up" China took root in the late 1980s, Xinran recognized an invaluable opportunity. As an employee for the state radio system, she had long wanted to help ... (Goodreads)

  32. The List of my Desires

    by Grégoire Delacourt

    Jocelyne, dite Jo, rêvait d’être styliste à Paris. Elle est mercière à Arras. Elle aime les jolies silhouettes mais n’a pas tout à fait la taille mannequin. Elle aime les livres et écrit un blog de ... (Goodreads)

  33. The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

    by Jim Gorant
    The story of the rescue and rehabilitation of the pit bulls involved in Michael Vick's dogfighting ring.

    An inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious case of animal cruelty. Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when ... (Goodreads)

  34. Letter Perfect

    by Cathy Marie Hake
    A young woman with a talent for calligraphy navigates love and family in the Old West.

    Laugh-Out-Loud Historical Fiction! Ruth Caldwell has always tried to live up to her mother's expectations of what a lady should be...often with less-than-impressive results. But when she's forced to ... (Barnes & Noble)

  35. Timepiece

    by Richard Paul Evans
    A man receives a mysterious watch that allows him to travel through time, but he soon realizes that changing the past has consequences.

    The bestselling author of The Christmas Box now provides readers with an inspirational message which reminds them about the gifts they pass on to their children. Timepiece traces the poignant love ... (Goodreads)

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