Women Who Run With the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Dr. Estes uses her gifts as a storyteller and her expertise as a Jungian psychologist to show women how to use folktales and fairytales as tools for understanding themselves.
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
A great Murakami novel should make you feel as if you’re hallucinating. This surrealistic adventure is one of his finest. The story is propelled by a teenage runaway looking for his long-lost mother and sister, and an old man who can talk to cats. Beneath it all are interesting questions about how people endure through trauma.
Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman
After being raised in a small town by their witchcraft practicing aunts, Gillian and Sally long to live lives where they are not treated as pariahs. Sally retreats into a respectable conformist life while Gillian rambles through the country and through men. But when Gillian accidentally kills her abusive boyfriend, she seeks her sister’s help. The two of them have to learn how to reconnect with their magic and with each other.
Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut
In the far future, all that is left of humanity is a tiny colony on the Galapagos Islands. But humans have evolved into a form that is unrecognizable. The narrator, who is a ghost, tells the story of these creatures’ ancestors and how they came to be shipwrecked after the start of World War III. This may be the most Vonnegut of Vonnegut’s books. It tells the story of humanity’s demise with dark hilarity the way only Vonnegut can.
Call Me By Your Name - Andre Aciman
This is the story of a teenage boy who suddenly falls in love with an older college student who stays at his parents’ home over the summer. It’s a slow burn romance, sweltering in the heat of the Italian summer. This lustrous tale will break your heart.
Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
What makes Robbins' writing a delight is his playfulness. He combines imagery and characters that I would never think to put together. This is an epic through time and mythology all centered around a bottle of perfume that contains the secret essence of the universe.