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Book Suggestions

This is an area to discuss and suggest books to other avid readers.  Please comment adding your book suggestions with a brief description.  I’ll start with a few of my favorites, including a few that I’ve read recently.  The last three listed here are favorites that I found through guidance of great English teachers and professors.

5178PSZYN6L._SS500_The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Probably doesn’t need much of an introduction, but this book series set the bar (really, really high) for modern fantasy.  Anyone who has seen the hobbits, orcs, elves and others on the silver screen owes it to themselves to experience the magic where it began.

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beloved Beloved by Toni Morrison – A novel exploring the complexities and horrors of slavery, and the lasting complications that linger even after slavery ends.  A powerful and disturbing portrayal of the lasting effects of trauma on a family.

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gabriel-garcia-marquez-one-hundred-years-of-solitude-04One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – The time-bending account of the rise and fall of a Latin-American village through many generations and 100 years.  The gorgeously written magical realism of Marquez’s prose demonstrates the wonders and terrors of secluded village life.

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sadiejpgWhite Teeth by Zadie Smith – A comical and witty look at issues of identity, especially for the families of the recently immigrated, in modern Brittain.  A little too eclectic and modern a book to easily summerize, this work is a quick and enjoyable read for anyone who can enjoy a droll sense of humor and an irreverent look at the absurdities of modern life.


One Response to “Book Suggestions”

  1. Colin Says:

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy is an amazing book about a man and a boy traveling south in post-apocalypse America. The style is frighteningly reflective of the world in which the protagonists find themselves. An amazing story about the consequences of global disregard for the future of the planet.

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