The Shape of Mercy is just such a book. The book sets forth an overt challenge to stop viewing others through the lens of our own culture and see them as they are.
It was the covert challenge that I found intriguing – the way we see ourselves. While the heroine, Lauren, is changing how she perceives others, she also learns that she needs to view herself differently.
If you’re looking for a mushy escape book, this isn’t it – if you are looking for a good book with historical accuracy, this one fits the bill with lots of intrigue. It goes through the Salem witch trials through the eyes of a (fictitious) young lady from the times, and enters the current-day world of the very rich through the eyes of an idealist who wants to make a real difference in the world.