1. "The Brothers Karamasov" by Dostoevsky
During her tour in New Hampshire, Clinton named Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" as her favorite book.
Also recommended by Albert Einstein, Vladimir Putin, mentioned in 5 Good Books To Read According To Haruki Murakami. This is of the best allegorical
novels to explain the fractured
nature of 19th century Russia. Throughout are themes of love, law, and duty, which makes this one of the best Dostoyesky books to read besides Crime and Punishment.
2. "The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance" by Edmund de Waal
Q：What was the last truly great book you read?
Hillary: I can't stop thinking about "The Hare With Amber Eyes," by Edmund de Waal; "The Signature of All Things," by Elizabeth Gilbert; "Citizens of London," by Lynne Olson; and "A suitable Boy," by Vikram Seth.- from interview to The New York Times
In the 1800's, the family of Ephrussis bankers lit up the Parisienne and Venetian world in similar fashion to the Vanderbilts and Morgans of the Roaring '20s. History students who enjoy a mixture of royal and peasant life stories will want to read this multiple award-winning
3. "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert took over a decade to write an award-winning novel of love, science, and the lure of knowledge. A winter-born ugly duckling
child named Alma is born in Philadelphia to a wealthy titan
who made his fortune on exotic
plants. As Alma becomes dissatisfied
social life and fascinated with her own internal contradictions
, she begins a tour of exotic locations to discover that the plant world can speak to the world of humans.
4. "Citizens of London" by Lynne Olson
If you've ever wondered about Winston Churchill's inner circle, this 2010 Amazon Best Book of the Month will reveal the bold souls who forged
an Anglo-American alliance
before the public came on board.
5. "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth
In 1950's India, it is most important that a lovely Indian girl have an arranged marriage with an impressive groom
. This novel of magical realism weaves together the lives of four families, and has been described as a Dickensian work meant for 20th Century readers.
6. "Our Divided Political Heart" by E. J. Dionne
Q：What are the best books about Washington, D.C.? Is there one book you'd recommend to someone planning to move to or work in the capital?
提问：有关华盛顿市的最好的书是什么？有没有一本书你想推荐给打算移居首都或者来此工作的人？- from interview to The New York Times
Hillary:"Our Divided Political Heart," by E.J. Dionne, shows how most everybody has some conservative and liberal impulses, but just as individuals have to reconcile them within ourselves, so does our political system if we expect to function productively.
What is truly the soul of America – a rugged individualism
or a balance of individual and communal
strengths? From former President Bill Clinton to Hendrik Hertzberg and Rachel Maddow, Dionne has stolen our divided American hearts.
7. "After the Music Stopped" by Alan S. Blinder
"After the Music Stopped," Alan Blinder's account of the financial crisis, is clear in its analysis and recommendations."- from interview to The New York Times
The positive aftermath
of the 2007 financial crisis, or credit crunch
, was to show the fragility
threads binding global governments and businesses together. This book explains complex and world-affecting financial trends such as Quantitative
Easing without requiring its readers to become professors of economics or history.
8. "The Color Purple" By Alice Walker
"Alice Walker tackles some of society's most vexing issues—race, gender and violence—through a memorable protagonist named Celie. The story of her growing up as a victim of abuse, and her ongoing journey of self-discovery, is a brutally honest assessment of human nature at its best and worst."- Hillary Clinton for The Oprah Magazine
For a book titled after a royal color, there seems to be no hint of greatness or glamor about Celie's life. Celie and Nettie’s struggle to live as worthwhile
human beings in a world that tries to reject them, and forge
a future, is inspirational
9. "Little Women" By Louisa May Alcott
"Like many women of my generation who read this novel growing up, I felt like I lived in Jo's family. This book was one of the first literary explorations of how women balance the demands of their daily lives, from raising families to pursuing outside goals. The book was written more than a century ago, but its message resonates today."- Hillary Clinton for The Oprah Magazine
The adventures of Meg, Amy, and Beth were inspired by Alcott's real-life sisters; one married a fellow play-actor, one died of scarlet
fever, and one showed her paintings at the Paris Salon. The result of their literary sister’s efforts has been made into countless plays and films, and even a ballet.
10. "The Clan of the Cave Bear" By Jean M. Auel
"This novel about life in prehistoric times is a rich blend of imagination and information about everything from plants that were used for medicine to the rituals and taboos of Neanderthal man. It is also about Ayla, a little girl who is orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. Maybe because I'm a mother, I was very moved by the story of her survival and growing up."- Hillary Clinton for The Oprah Magazine
This novel could be termed 'Ayla and the Ice Age', since these are the primary protagonists of the story of disaster and survival. This is the first novel in a five-part Earth Children series.
11. "West with the Night" By Beryl Markham
"I can't get over the amount of daring, courage, self-confidence and determination it took to accomplish what Beryl Markham did in 1936, when she became the first person to fly solo, east to west across the Atlantic Ocean. This is a beautifully written life story of one of the greatest woman adventurers of all time, from her growing up in sub-Saharan Africa to her exploits as a pilot."- Hillary Clinton for The Oprah Magazine
First written in 1942, the 2010 reprint has captured the timeless
appeal of man versus nature…only in this case, the plane-flying daredevil
is female. Though Markham eventually spent her years as a horse trainer in Kenya, in her younger years, she became famous as the first female to fly nonstop across the Atlantic. Her courage would do credit to Ernest Hemingway's determination to face internal fears; she met him on safari