I remember "The Endless Steppe" by Esther Hautzig. I don't think this was necessarily the first book I read that captured my imagination but it is the one that has stayed with me over the years, and it is the book I thought about as I was recently reading "Between Shades of Grey" by Ruta Sepetys, another favorite. "The Endless Steppe" is a memoir that tells the story of Esther and her family who were exiled to Siberia from Poland during WWII in a cattle car and sent to work in the forced labor camps. It is a compelling story of resilience and endurance.
Some of my all-time favorites are: "Mary Coin" by Marisa Silver, "Mothering Sunday" by Graham Swift,"Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship," by Gail Caldwell"A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry and "The Boys of My Youth" by Jo Ann Beard.
I would like to reread "Little Women".; Spending some time with Jo and her sisters seems appealing to me right now. And Barbara Kingsolver's new novel "Unsheltered" is on my to-be-read list, along with Jill Lepore's "These Truths: A History of the United States." I read Dani Shapiro's new memoir "Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love" which comes out in January and I can't wait to put that in to the hands of our customers.