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We Should All Be Feminists Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi The text of her TED talk on feminism. 
Half of a Yellow Sun Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi  A fictionalized account of the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Boo, Katherine The true story of a slum in India, and the people who are trying to survive and thrive there. 
Daring Greatly Brown, Brene An examination of how we talk to ourselves and how to break the cycle of shame narrative by embracing vulnerability. 
Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. Brown, Brene How do we keep daring greatly if we don't know how to get up after a fall? Brown talks about how to Rise Strong after Daring Greatly. 
Between the World and Me Coates, Ta-Nehisi  A searing letter to his son about what it means to grow up as a black male in America 
All the Light We Cannot See Doerr, Anthony Gorgeous language, heartwrenching stories of two people trapped in St. Malo during the invasion of France in WWII 
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: a Memoir of Going Home Janzen, Rhoda Janzen writes about growing up Mennonite in the 70s and 80s, rejecting that culture as an adult, and returning for an extended visit in her early 40s with renewed appreciation for her roots. 
The Bean Trees Kingsolver, Barbara A gentle-humored book about finding yourself and what's important. 
The Lacuna Kingsolver, Barbara A man navigates his identity as a Mexican and as an American at the beginning of the 20th century (plus: Frida Kahlo!) 
Cloud Atlas Mitchell, David A beautiful, intricate story of six lives interwoven across centuries. 
Song of Solomon Morrison, Toni Milkman Dead explores his personal and family history as a black man descended from slaves. 
Beloved Morrison, Toni A ghost in Sethe's house reminds her of her horrific past as a slave. 
Shalimar the Clown Rushdie, Salman The story of two families, one Hindu and one Muslim, in a Kashmiri village 
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Sandberg, Sheryl  How to be a female leader in a world that wants women to be effective but feminine 
Slaughterhouse-Five Vonnegut, Kurt Billy Pilgrim survives the bombing of Dresden in some unexpected ways. So it goes. 
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