Charles J. Wheelan, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center
I would recommend Station Eleven. The book is described as science fiction, and indeed it does take place in a post-apocalyptic future, but that does not do justice to the story. This is a beautifully written story that forces one to think about the nature of society, and in particular, the arts. I'm not giving too much away by saying that the plot revolves around a group of dramatic actors who travel through what remains of their land, performing Shakespeare in impromptu venues along the way. This is an enjoyable read, but also one that inspires deeper reflection.