18. 'Beloved' By Toni Morrison
Although I had to read Beloved in high school, I know it's not required reading for everyone, but it should be. Set in the dark days of slavery, Sethe, has escaped slavery to Ohio, but mentally and emotionally she's still in a prison due to the death of her baby — who now haunts her house in Ohio. Part nightmare, part a reflection on the darkest days of American history, Beloved is a must for not just every woman, but everyone with a pulse.