The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a wonderful philosophic novel originally released in 1988. The allegorical book builds its story around a young Andalusian shepherd and his fantastic adventure in pursuing his dream to Egypt. After having a profound recurring dream, young Santiago believed that the pyramids held his most precious treasure. Thus he began a long intercontinental journey where he met interesting characters and experienced valuable lessons. All of those guided him in finding and revealing what his treasure was.
First published in 2014, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a wonderful poetry memoir. In a unique way, through beautiful sincere poems, the book portrays how Woodson grew up as an African American girl in the United States in the 60’s, a period when racial issues upset the country.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a wonderful novel first published in 2014. Set during the destruction of World War II, this historical-fiction book tells a beautiful story of a blind French girl and a German boy. Overwhelmed and dragged by the devastating war, both struggled to survive and came across each other in occupied France.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is brilliant adventure novel that is now considered a classic work in literature. First released as serials between 1844 and 1845, the book is set in some important historical events during the Bourbon Restoration in France. The story follows the journey of Edmond Dantès who was falsely accused and imprisoned without trial, but then turned into a commanding Count of Monte Cristo and sought for revenge.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a romantic historical fiction novel originally released in 1997. Set in a period prior to the clash of World War II, it explores the life of the geishas in Gion district of Kyoto, Japan. The book followed the remarkable story of how miserable little Chiyo Sakamoto turned into a renowned geisha Sayuri. How she endured the harsh treatments by her bitter rivals and the demanding training to become a geisha. Most of all how she found her first crush which turned out to be her true love, after being separated for years.
Capital: Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx is an influential and considered one of the most important work in economics philosophy. It is published in three separate volumes subtitled: The Process of Production of Capital, The Process of Circulation of Capital, and The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole. The books, especially Volume I, have been widely used as foundational theory in materialist philosophy, economics and politics.