Great Books Week

great-books-weekThis week we are celebrating, “Great Books Week.” In doing my research, I could not find an official proclamation, but I did find out that for at least a few years, The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors celebrated this week.  It’s a chance to take a break from the best sellers and your typical “reads” and get back to the classics.

Here are some typical classics that we have in the library:

To Kill a Mockingbird  PS3562.E353 T6 2002

Jane Eyre  PR4167.J3 2014

Of Mice and Men  PS3537.T3234 O2 2002

Sense and Sensibility  PR4034.S45

Gone with the Wind  PS3525.I972 G6 2011

Scarlet Letter  PS1868.A2 G8 1984

My Antonia  PS3505. A87 M9 1949    

Here are some not so typical classics that you may want to try:

bell-jarThe Bell Jar PS3566.L27 B4  ISBN: 9780060133566    Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.  Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time.  Review by Goodreads.


dorian-grayThe Picture of Dorian Gray  PR5819.A1 1965   Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.”  Review by Goodreads.


monte-cristoCount of Monte Cristo  PQ2223.C6 B6  Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.   Review by Goodreads.


invisible-manInvisible Man  PS3555.L625 I5 1995    First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new model of what a novel can be.  Review by Goodreads.



franny-and-zooeyFranny and Zooey  PS3537.A426 F6  The short story, Franny, takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her.  The novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second-youngest member of the Glass family. As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents’ Manhattan living room — leaving Bessie, her mother, deeply concerned — Zooey comes to her aid, offering what he thinks is brotherly love, understanding, and words of sage advice.  Review by Goodreads.


rebeccaRebecca  PR6007.U47 R4 1994   The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck.  It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.  Review by Goodreads.



Mansfield Park  PR4034.M3 1961  Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation.  Review by Goodreads.


Do you have a classic book to recommend reading?  Let us know!

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