Smarsh demands the reader to defy stereotypes, to see the complexity of a person, instead of the image of a single mom with a baby on her hip, standing in the screen door of a trailer with a cigarette dangling off her lip.
For those of you who love libraries, there is an episode of This American Life you should listen to called "The Room of Requirement."
In Educated, Tara Westover escapes the abuse and trauma of a family who has a deep distrust of public education, medical science, and the government.
On reading Les Misérables: "Napolean felt no more real to me than Jean Valjean. I had never heard of either." p. 150 Educated by Tara Westover.