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Anything by Kingsolver is worth reading.

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver The protagonist makes a break for the west in a beat-up old car to make a new life for herself and her daughter. She leaves with no plan and next to no money and finds inspiration in the bean trees.

A Child Called It: I have no idea HOW I made it through this book. It was incredibly rough and could only read it in small doses. This was required reading for my minor in Child & Family Studies and my Abuse Against Women and Children course. IDK if I could've read it of my own free will.

A Child Called It | Dave Pelzer New paperback Book pb

This book never fails to make me cry, make me sick to my stomach and want to kill this poor child's mother. But I think everyone should read it, just to know how horrible child abuse is and that these things really happen to innocent children.

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. (A heart warming series of stories about a private detective in Botswana, Precious Ramotswe, who wishes to help people with the problems in their lives. The first book was written in 2003 and there are now 13 books in the series. An HBO series was produced in 2009.)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (1)

1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith: NOOK Book Cover

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage - This has made my top 5 favorite books and authors! The second book in the trilogy, The Twelve, is coming out Oct

Not as good as The Glass Castle, but well worth reading.

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after you've read Glass Castles, read the backstory "Half Broke Horses". a real story about life out west in the and and how could Jeannette Walls' mother turn out as she did?

A great list of books that will make you think. Have read some but others- always love a good book list :)

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides— This stunning novel revolves around Calliope Stephanides (or Cal), and it’s a great read for anyone interested in gender and taking a closer look at how family and biology shape your identity.

Lee finds "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, a gem of a book.  When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. Now, it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Lee finds "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, a gem of a book. When Jonas turns he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. Now, it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

I read a lot of books and don't remember most of them after awhile...this one I won't forget

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls- Reading this now. It is a fantastic memoir. She paints magical pictures of a childhood of neglect and the journey to a better life. (recommended by Jenni)

10 Recent Science Fiction Books That Are About Big Ideas (....and I have to read these two by M. Atwood, and soon......h white )

10 Recent Science Fiction Books That Are About Big Ideas

I read this book in class over 20 times and it never became easier. What a moving tribute to the human spirit. I also have to add that about 90 percent of my students said it was their favorite book that they read that year.

The mother in me has great difficulty reading this book, while the socially responsible teacher in me knows it is necessary.

The Giver by Lois Lowry - I believe production has started on a movie version...I love it when my favorite books become movies!

The Giver - Read. I read this when I was in middle school and I didn't like it then. So, I thought, with the movie coming out, I'd give it another shot. Still leaves a bit to be desired, but the dystopian genre always makes me think.

Amaaazing trilogy ... i believe this book has to be taught in schools .. it describes our communities , the way we are ruled but in a more obvious way and as you can see from the mocking-jay "the bird"that it was caged for too long but in the end he learnt to spread his wings .. thank you suzanne

THe hunger games books - The Hunger Games trilogy is a series of young adult science adventure novels by Suzanne Collins. The trilogy consists of The Hunger Games Catching Fire and Mockingjay