• The cover of the book Shanghai Girls

    Shanghai Girls

    In 1937, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. The sisters are in Shanghai, the Paris of Asia, living a carefree existence until their father gambles away their wealth. To repay his debts, he sells the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles for Chinese brides. Along the way to their new home in America, the sisters‘ friendship is tested through sacrifices, choices and secrets.

     
  • The cover of the book Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    When eighteen-year-old Susanna is committed to the
    In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never met before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and committed to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the psychiatric ward for teenage girls but it’s the friendships she formed with the patients—Lisa, Polly and Georgina—that helped her see the cruelty of mental illness in America.

     
  • The cover of the book Saturday Night Widows

    Saturday Night Widows

    When she becomes a widow at an all-too-young age, journalist Becky Aikman finds she’s failing the Five Stages of Grief and doesn’t fit in with the other widowers at the local support group at the Y. So she creates her own group, bringing together five other widows, each seeking a way back to life out of grief. Aikman’s memoir charts the incredible journey these women take together (even as far as the Galapagos!) and shows that friendship can be a salve for the deepest pain.

     
  • The cover of the book The Story of My Life

    The Story of My Life

    When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller suffered a severe illness that left her blind, deaf and later mute. Her struggle to overcome these handicaps with the help of her teacher and friend Anne Sullivan is a story of dedication and devotion. In her classic autobiography, Helen recounts the first 22 years of her life, but it’s her extraordinary friendship with Miss Sullivan, who showed a remarkable genius for communicating with her that will leave you spellbound.

     
  • The cover of the book Caucasia

    Caucasia

    The daughters of a black father and a white mother, sisters Birdie and Cole are inseparable. The sisters’ friendship is constantly aggravated by micro-aggressions from society such as the racism they experience amongst peers at their Afrocentric school. Unfortunately for the girls, their parents separate, causing Cole to relocate to Brazil with her father, while Birdie and her mother assimilate into New Hampshire as a Jewish family. While Birdie must learn to navigate her new white world, it’s her reliance on the memory of Cole speaks volumes about the sisters innate bound.

     
  • The cover of the book The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club

    United in shared trauma, four adult friends gather to do what all good Chinese women do: eat dim sum, play mahjong and talk. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to come together to raise their spirits and money, calling themselves the Joy Luck Club. Each woman’s hardship of unspeakable loss and hope is shared, unraveling the truth about her life and relationships with their daughters.

     
  • The cover of the book NW

    NW

    Friends Natalie and Leah couldn’t be more different. While both grew up in North West London in public housing, the adult women lead deviating lives that are odds with each other. Natalie is a dedicated and shrewd corporate lawyer with a wealthy husband, two kids and a big house. While eccentric Leah works for a non-profit organization and is married to a French African hairdresser. This 21st century novel shows a vibrant, multicultural world that will make you question whether friendships can survive the complexities of human life, such as need, desire, class and racial divides.

     
  • The cover of the book Sula

    Sula

    Nel and Sula are best friends in childhood who become separated in young adulthood, and reunite as adult women. While Nel follows the traditional path–grows up to become a wife and mother, happy to remain in her hometown of Medallion, Ohio—Sula, leaves to pursue college, men and fast life in the big city. When the women meet again as adults, it’s clear that Nel has chosen a life of acceptance and accommodation, while Sula must fight to defend her unconventional choices and beliefs. This novel shows the extraordinary bond between two kindred spirits.

     
  • The cover of the book The Women of Brewster Place

    The Women of Brewster Place

    Once the home of poor, white immigrants, Brewster Place now shelters black families with matriarchs who have seen it all. Mattie loses her son to prison, Etta Mae trades in her extravagant lifestyle for a tame married life to a man of God and Kiswana abandons her middle-class family to organize a tenant’s union. Through it all the women rely on their many female friendships to hold their families together.

     
  • The cover of the book Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    After Chiyo’s mother passes away her father sells her and her sister into slavery. Under the tutelage (and blossoming friendship) of the renowned Mameha, Chiyo becomes a leading geisha of the 1930s and 1940s. Mameha dubs Chiyo as “her little sister” teaching her about the importance of kindness and generosity. This novel shows that even under the cruelest conditions, friendships between females can shape our identity for the best.

     
  • The cover of the book The Best of Everything

    The Best of Everything

    Five young employees of a New York publishing company face personal and professional struggles together. Ivy League Caroline dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor’s office while naïve April reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm. Even free-spirited Gregg experiences her own drama: she’s a struggling actress with a secret yearning for the domestic life. Through it all, the women rely on their friendships for strength and wisdom.