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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
You’ve heard it all before: “This American classic is like no other!” But you heard it because it’s true. Don’t think of this book as some bore of a story that you’re forced to read for Literature Class. Instead, think of Gatsby as a jazzy tale of a rich man who throws a lot of parties, drinks shimmering champagne, and falls madly in love. There’s some beautiful writing in this piece, and overall, this story is ridiculously romantic, mildly mysterious, and cleverly charming.
I Am One of You Forever by Fred Chappell
This story might not be considered a classic yet, but it’s a great piece of American literature. If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching, family-centered, reading-by-the-fire-on-a-cold-winter’s-night book, this is the one. What sets this novel apart from others is the overwhelmingly nostalgic tone, because it is narrated by a man who is recalling his childhood memories. This little boy sees family members come stay with him for a few days, and then leave, each offering a unique story as they pass through the life of Jess. Throughout the novel, the narrative will put a knot in your throat because of the reflective style, so you might not cry, but get ready to feel sad. (Totally worth it.)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Looking for a sweet, Southern taste of honey? This book has you covered. Though it’s sometimes read for class assignments, most every student (who takes the time to read the text) will walk away feeling glad they did. While it may look like a story about bees, the title alludes to the secret life of the Boatwright’s, three African-American sisters who take in a runaway white girl and her criminal housemaid. The Secret Life of Bees, in short, is a story that will leave you with a heavy heart weighed down with the tender love and warmth woven throughout this novel.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Again, I’m sure you were forced to read this in English Class, and you probably had to write an essay on it. But now, read it on your own time, taking a moment to grasp the true reflection of just how innocent a child can be in a bitter, racist world. And take a second to consider just how that innocence can go beyond the color of human skin, the fear of strangers, and harsh societal standards that are unable to penetrate the still-pure heart of a child.
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
This novel portrays the Meecham family at their best and worst, calling attention to the roots that pull this family back together on the brink of shattering underneath the fist of their abusive father/husband. If you’re seeking the strongest characters you’ve ever wanted, they’re right here. Not only is this story so raw you’ll want to reach into the pages and put the Meecham’s back together, but it was based on the author’s childhood and years as a young adult. Publishing this story became a controversy in the author’s family, and if you pick up this book, you’ll see why.