By Marina Kendrick for YourTango.com.
If you’re looking for a book to make you think – something with complex and interesting characters, witty prose, and stories of unbreakable spirit and courage — look no further than these amazing books.
We’ve compiled a list that has something for everyone:
1. Big Law by Lindsay Cameron.
Mackenzie Corbett is a woman we can all relate to: exhausted from working long hours as an associate at a high paying Manhattan law firm to support her dreams of a chic New York lifestyle, a hot boyfriend, and a classy wardrobe.
Mackenzie is realising that the fantasy of "having it all" is bumming her out. But she's an overachiever, and nothing is going to stop her from closing the firm's biggest deal in history. That is, if she can survive a devastating investigation that transforms her dream job into a nightmare.
2. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling.
The star and creator of The Mindy Project discusses working in Hollywood, being dumped by friends, and the odd relationship she has with her best friend and ex-boyfriend B.J. Novak in this second coming-of-age collection of essays.
As Kaling details the relatable, heartfelt, and hilarious turning points of her life and career, you'll find yourself feeling as though you're reading the thoughts of a close friend and laughing out loud to her conclusions about weddings, Bradley Cooper, and more.
3. Uncovered by Leah Lax.
One thing is certain after closing the last page of Uncovered: Leah Lax is a tough woman. In this candid memoir, Lax describes leaving her liberal home as a teenager to live as a Hasidic Jew, and the thirty-year journey that led her to abandon her world and lifestyle in the pursuit of personal freedom.
A first-hand account of a gay woman's experience with arranged marriage, motherhood, and spiritual and sexual longings in the midst of fundamentalist faith, Lax describes in honest, understated prose her moving story of the loss of one home, and the attainment of a life in which she truly belongs.
4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert delves into her own creative process while offering compelling observations about the nature of inspiration, asking us to embrace our natural creativity, curiosity, and mindfulness in the face of fear and suffering.
Whether you have a long held dream of writing a book or making art, Gilbert reminds us that there are "strange jewels" within us all that must be honed and encouraged in order for us to reach our fullest creative potential.
5. The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore.
Even the smartest of people can miss the biggest warning signs, and warning signs are becoming increasingly abundant in the Hawthorne household. Parents Nora and Gabe have great jobs, a beautiful house and three intelligent daughters ... but are oblivious and stretched to the limit with their careers, kids and hidden secrets.
Everyone is headed for trouble, but by the time the Hawthornes realise they're on a collision course, it might be too late to turn everything around.
6. Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg.
Growing up in Sweden and plagued from childhood with the fear that she was dying of a heart condition, Fogelberg is consistently told that she's perfectly healthy - that is, until she moves to the US with her husband and two daughters, only to learn that without two open heart surgeries, she will succumb to late stage fatal congenital heart disease.