The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz
It’s truly amazing how much I learned from this book without really realizing I was learning.
Good for: Just about anyone, although some people may be put off by references to pop culture and non-English phrases (although, in my opinion, they’re easy to understand in context).
The Pleasure Seekers, by Tishani Doshi
Good for: It’s got good qualities, but it’s a bit directionless. I recommend reading Zadie Smith’s White Teeth instead.
The Oracle of Stamboul, by Michael David Lukas
Good for: Anyone looking for an escape.