God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. Not only is the author hugely famous, but her book explores the meaning behind skin color — and whether we should let external judgments affect who we are inside. April 21.
Dietland by Sarai Walker. Plum Kettle is ashamed of her weight until she gets involved in a guerrilla movement to change pop culture’s view of body image and equality. How far would you go to change the world? May 26.
Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Della Pietra. The fictionalized account of the author’s real-life experience working with Hunter S. Thompson. A close look at a journalism icon and how our mentors shape our futures. July 28.
Normal by Graeme Cameron. The protagonist is a serial killer until he meets the right girl. Too bad he still has a body to get rid of in his basement. What do we really know about the people we date? March 31.
The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida. A woman loses her passport while in Casablanca and finds strange, newfound freedom under an assumed identity. How far would you go to get away from your real life? June 2.
Second Life by SJ Watson. The follow-up to Before I Go to Sleep, in which a woman lives two lives — one online and one off — to solve the murder of her sister. Asks the question: Are we human or are we Twitter accounts? June 9.
The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato. The much-awaited sequel that catches up with steampunk healer Octavia and follows her into battle. A reminder of how to be selfless and loving in a world that wants women clawing ruthlessly for the top. June 9.
Purity by Jonathan Franzen. A young woman, Pip Tyler, needs to figure out who she is. She joins a group of German peace activists in search of answers, but sometimes when we seek the truth, we aren’t happy with what we find. Sept. 1.
The Battle of Versailles by Robin Givhan. The day French and American fashion designers went head-to-head, and the Americans came out on top. A history of the famous fashion show in France and how it changed what you wear. March 17.
The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi. The true story of one woman’s quest to have an open marriage — lovers during the week and her husband on the weekends. Is it possible to not only survive this way, but to thrive? March 17.
Whatever… Love is Love by Maria Bello. The Hollywood actress fell in love with her best friend, a woman. Explores the fluidity of sexuality and erases preconceived notions of gay or straight. April 28.
Confessions of the Lioness by Mia Couto. A small village in Mozambique is terrorized by a lion, but as the hunt begins, the villagers find the lion is more than an animal and possibly a product of women and witchcraft. Explores the oppression of women and the power to fight back. July 14.
Written by Jill Alexander Essbaum, Hausfrau tells the story of Anna Benz. She has three children, a great husband and lives in a perfect surburban town in Zürich, Switzerland. Outside everything is perfect, but inside she is falling apart.