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  1. My top 5 suggestion
    1.Minor of a Geisha
    -The novel’s narrator and protagonist, Sayuri tells the story of how she went from a poor fisherman’s daughter named Chiyo Sakamoto to become Sayuri Nitta, one of Kyoto’s premier geisha. With her piercing blue-grey eyes, Sayuri is beautiful, perceptive, and quick-witted. Her cleverness and adaptable personality allow her to survive a variety of challenging circumstances, including when she outsmarts Hatsumomo, her rival geisha, or when she maneuvers her way out of a relationship with the ill-tempered Nobu. An idealist and a romantic, Sayuri falls in love with Chairman Ken Iwamura and decides to spend her entire life working towards being with him. Her steadfast determination ensures that she succeeds in building a relationship with the Chairman and, by the novel’s end, she immigrates with him to the United States, where she recounts her memoirs to Jakob Haarhuis.
    2.Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    -Lily, an 80-year-old Chinese woman, is a widow now, and old enough that she can say things that would once have gotten her in trouble. She says she spent her life longing for love, despite being undeserving of love as a woman. She was an obedient girl and woman, but took obedience too far. Her only rebellion was nu shu, or secret women’s writing, and she describes a fan sitting in front of her covered in nu shu notes she exchanged with her laotong (bonded female companion), Snow Flower. The story to follow is Lily’s autobiography, which will be burned upon her death.
    3.A Child Called it Trilogy
    -A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer, is an autobiography of a young boy who is starved, beaten, and tortured by his mother. Despite this terrible beginning he manages to turn his life around. David uses his faith, a positive attitude, and determination to survive his mother’s abuse. As an adult he won numerous awards, became a well- known speaker on child abuse, and had his own son whom he loved and cared for. David was beaten everyday as a child. He was skinny because he was constantly deprived of food, and was forced to be the family’s slave. As time passes, David’s punishments became more cruel and dangerous. David was forced to wear the same clothing each day, which made him an outcast at school because he smelled bad. This was just one way his mother humiliated him. David uses his courage and internal motivation to come out of the dark times and make a life for himself, which included a great deal of public speaking.
    4. Note to self.
    -NOTE TO SELF is a collection of essays, poems, and photographs that capture a range of author and popular YouTuber Connor Franta’s thoughts, feelings, dreams, life lessons, and more. Together they weave a sort of story about coming out of the closet, having your heart broken, struggling with depression, and eventually learning to live with depression, or in spite of it. Franta hopes that looking back at his thoughts and feelings at particular moments will help him better understand himself and help him and his readers better understand the world and what we all have in common.
    5. Pachinko
    The novel covers many decades and crosses many countries to detail the lives of the Baek family. The novel begins in Yeongdo, where the disabled and kindly Hoonie, marries the poor Yangjin. Together, they manage a boardinghouse and have one daughter, Sunja. In Sunja’s youth, Hoonie dies, and Yangjin and Sunja are left to care for the boardinghouse on their own. When Sunja is a teen, she meets the wealthy fishmonger, Koh Hansu, who woos her; the couple begins a sexual relationship. Around the same time, the kindly minister-in-training, Baek Isak, comes to stay at the boardinghouse. Soon after his arrival, Isak falls ill with tuberculosis, and Yangjin and Sunja care for him. Later, Hansu informs Sunja he cannot marry her because he is already married to a woman in Japan. When he is well, Isak tells Sunja he will marry her, raise her child as his own, and take her to Japan.

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