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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage is a story about two people in love, newly married, who are suddenly and harshly pulled apart by a corrupted justice system in the South. Celestial and Roy were visiting family in Louisiana when in the middle of the night, police break down their hotel door and arrest Roy for a crime he did not commit. Thus begins the story of their marriage, a heart-wrenching tale of unfortunate events, chaotic feelings, and coming to terms with the unfair and unforeseen circumstances of everyday actions.

The Questioneers series by Andrea Beaty

Each main character in Andrea Beaty’s books is curious and asks questions, and in each story, they are celebrated and encouraged to think different and be different and to pursue answers to their questions. Iggy Peck (Iggy Peck, Architect) is fascinated by buildings, and by thinking about how things are constructed, he is able to help his class when they find themselves in a pickle.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

At seven years old, Jude’s parents were murdered by her older sister’s biological father, Madoc, and stolen away to live in the High Court of Faeries. Raised as one of Madoc’s daughters, Jude and her twin sister had to learn to survive in the cruel world. Ten years later, Jude is desperate to be accepted, but as a human, she is tormented by the mischievous games of the Fae and their ability to glamour. To prove herself and escape her powerlessness, Jude matches the Fae’s penchant for wickedness, especially against the youngest prince, Cardan Greenbriar.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls is about Vivian Morris, told in firsthand account by Vivian herself. The story starts with Vivian addressing a woman who has written her to find out what she had meant to her father. After a long but entertaining and intriguing life story, her moving to New York twice, her sexual escapades, her girl crush on Celia, the death of her brother, and finally finding love with a man whom she never touched, we find out the relationship between this woman’s father and Vivian. 

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Edmond Dantes, a sailor in 19th century France, is set to marry the woman he loves when he is falsely accused of plotting to return Napoleon to power. Edmond is thrown in prison, where he meets an Italian abbe who, following years of friendship and escape attempts, bequeaths a hidden fortune to Dantes. Dantes finally manages to escape, acquires the abbe’s vast treasure, and vows revenge against those who put him in prison, plotting to destroy their lives as absolutely as he can.