17. The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
Malka narrates her 1913 journey from a farmhouse in Russia to the poverty of Lower East Side Manhattan and finally, to the American ice cream industry where she gets to start something more than delicious.

18. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina
We confess that this book is actually young adult fiction, but we find it to be absolutely inspiring and entirely compelling.