Crying in H-Mart by Michelle Zauner
Identity is a powerful thing to think about, especially growing up as a biracial woman. This memoir follows Zauner as she grows older and later experiences her mother's death from cancer. In a story packed full of emotional eating, Michelle Zauner examines her identity as a daughter, a woman in mourning, and a Korean American as she reckons with her identity and reclaims her love of her Korean heritage.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Unsatisfied with her post-graduate life, the unnamed narrator guides the reader through her life in New York City as she navigates her relationship with drugs, herself, and those around her. In this novel, Moshfegh pushes how far the reader can go with a hilariously pessimistic narrator.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Dutch House, an estate in the Philadelphia suburbs, was bought by Cyril Conroy at the end of the Second World War. After purchasing this house, the family it was supposed to hold begins to crumble. Narrated by Cyril's son Danny, this post-war family drama spans five decades as the reader watches two siblings come together and form an unbreakable bond that saves their lives.
Map of Another Town by M.F.K. Fisher
Transport yourself to the south of France with Fisher’s memoir while she journeys to feel a sense of belonging in a new place. As Fisher and her daughters move to Aix-en-Provence after the Second World War, this memoir traces the history of this ancient town and introduces the readers to the locals, all affected by the end of the war.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
The nature of counterculture has been picked apart and scrutinized for decades. This series of essays by Didion details her experiences with the counterculture in California during the 1960s as she observes the changing world around her. She captures a unique time and place in history and reminisces on her experience growing up in California.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Two teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze, fell in love in Lagos, Nigeria, which was under military dictatorship. Ifemelu moved to the United States to study with hopes of Obinze joining her. After 9/11, Obinze is denied a visa and instead moves to London, where he becomes an undocumented immigrant. After many years apart, the two are reunited back in Nigeria. This story examines what it means to be Black in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Nigeria.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton's
If there is one thing to take from this book, it’s that you are not alone and you are always enough. This coming-of-age memoir explores themes of growing up, getting older, and navigating love – hilarious and at times, with a heartbreaking spin.
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
What memory do you cling to when the most important person is taken from you? After an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that killed his mother, young Theodore clings to a small painting called “The Goldfinch.” This novel follows Theodore as he grows up and becomes entangled with the dangerous underground art market.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Based on a series of essays, this novel by Virginia Woolf investigates what it means to be a woman in the 1920s and expands on her thesis that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” In this book, the protagonist yearns to hear perspectives like her own in a world where every book on the shelf is written by a man.