Set in a (barely?) alternate England in the late 1990s, Never Let Me Go is the sum of Kathy's memories. Kathy is one of many "donors" who have been brought into being for purposes that, while well-intended, can come to no good. Ishiguro's novel touches on the issues surrounding human cloning and identity and "what if." Then again, human clones are nothing new. Know any identical twins? They may be clones of one another, but that doesn't... (read more)Recommended by Gin E.
This biography of an unseen, much-maligned people lays bare brutal American prejudice. Eye-opening.Recommended by Gin E.
Take a look at the table of contents and off you go; you'll see your own heart broken up and sewn together in Barthes's musings. You'll wince and you'll rejoice, because love is like that. Recommended by Gin E.
When I read this, I felt like I knew all of the characters; I still feel that way. Toews perfectly captures the right amount of sadness, frustration, and unwavering love that comes with having a troubled family member. Recommended by Gin E.
Reminiscent of both Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and Yanagihara's A Little Life, this book will leave you feeling completely scoured. Recommended by Gin E.
Set in Alaska, Far North is my favorite post-apocalyptic novel, and the narrator, Makepeace, is someone I wish I knew.Recommended by Gin E.
The first book in Ghosh's Ibis Trilogy, Sea of Poppies is a dazzling web of rich language and history. Set in 1830s India at the dawn of the Opium Wars, this epic is threaded with the lives of ordinary people moving towards extraordinary fates. Recommended by Gin E.