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8 Enlightening Books that Will Change Your Worldview

Books are bridges to disparate worlds, whether they’re fantastical worlds teeming with magical beings or the hidden but very real worlds in our own backyards. It only takes one story to change your entire outlook about a person or place in history. We asked you on Facebook and Instagram about the books that changed your worldview. You came up with novels and memoirs set in different parts of the world and taking place in different moments in time, demonstrating how powerful reading can be.

1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose stubborn nonconformity was both their curse and their salvation. In this astonishing memoir, Walls recounts how her family’s dysfunction left her and her siblings to fend for themselves, weather their parents’ betrayals, and finally find the resources and will to leave home. Read More.
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2. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters are separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. HOMEGOING traces the descendants who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn. Read More.
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3. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

In Lisa See’s latest novel, ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN, female divers take center stage. Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends growing up on the Korean island of Jeju. In a story taking place over many decades, we get to see these young girls grow into brave women divers, leading lives of excitement and danger. Read More.
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4. The Stranger by Albert Camus

A must-read classic, THE STRANGER tells of an ordinary many who murders a Arab man on an Algerian beach. When the man is tried for murder, he soon realizes his murderous act was the least of his offences. Read More.
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