1 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
This razor-sharp multi-generational story begins with an unpopular nerdy kid whose experience with heroism is confined to the comics he reads but becomes the story of journeys made by previous generations between the Dominican Republic and the United States and the weight of the history that has followed them.
2 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
An incredible tale of a boy who survives a shipwreck, only to be stuck on a lifeboat with a host of zoo animals, including an adult bengal tiger.
3 - The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
After a torrid love affair, a woman accompanies her estranged husband on a trip for his research at the heart of the Cholera epidemic in rural China.
4 - A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
A disillusioned American father travels to Saudi Arabia for a business pitch and must navigate some culture mix-ups (both amusing and dangerous) in the Middle East while seeking personal redemption.
5 - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
One of the most gripping books ever written, Krakauer’s work tells the unbelievable true story of a doomed expedition to climb Mount Everest.
6 - The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
A young doctor’s journey through the Balkans forces her to explore her grandfather’s mysterious past and the truth behind the mystical stories she grew up hearing.
7 - Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A man searches for answers about his heritage in Eastern Europe with the assistance of a hilarious and dedicated translator Alex, Alex’s grandfather, and their dog
8 - We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
This stunning novel is unlike any other immigration story: it follows Darling, a young girl, on her journey from Zimbabwe to Detroit, Michigan - where she experiences the ultimate culture clash.
9 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A moving memoir about a woman’s solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail - and as she attempts to hike one of the most unforgiving trails with no real hiking experience, she finds clarity about her difficult past.
10 - Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut explores (satirizes) just about everything (religion, technology, warfare) through his character’s journey to a fictional caribbean island that contains the secrets of spirituality and planet-threatening weapon.