1. The Book Thief-Death as a character was an amazing point-of-view to read from. This should be required reading at the high school level.
2. Revolution-I didn't know much about the French Revolution before reading this book and I had to do some research to make it all fit together.
3. One Thousand White Women-made me question my knowledge of Native Americans and our government. Plus the whole book makes you feel like you are reading a true account and I kept having to tell myself "this is fiction, this is fiction..."
4. Along Way Gone: Ishmael Beah's tale of his years as a boy soldier in Sierra Leonne. I had to stop many times to readjust my ideas and attitudes toward the human race. My husband lived in Sierra Leonne as a young boy and we shared many in-depth conversations about this country.
5. The Poisonwood Bible-Challenged my ideas of what a family and faith meant.
6. The Lacuna-like Revolution this book made me search for more information about the artists and the time period, opening up a whole new era for me.
7. The Red Umbrella-I learned so much about Cuba and what it was like for immigrants to settle here.
8. The Newman's Own Organics guide to the good life-This was the first great book I read about being mindful of all that I did. Simple things stuck with me like why preheat as the first step of a recipe. Yes, we know that when baking something it is important to preheat but for cooking dinner there isn't a reason in a world for that oven to heating up the entire time I work on a casserole in order for it to cook properly. If you lean toward organic this is an essential guide.
9. NutureShock-Made me rethink how I teach and how I parent; mind-blowing and well-written.
10. Stiltsville-A brilliant novel that shares so many snapshots of our world; women, gay, rich, poor, married, divorced, difficult and happy that you can't help but think more profoundly after reading this adult novel.