Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut begins with explaining how Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time; which means he travels to different points in his life completely out of order. He’s a teenager in World War II one moment and then on a zoo on an alien plant with a porn star. Pilgrim begins going to college to be an optometrist, but then is drafted in to the army to fight in Germany....
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Cry, The Beloved Country is about apartheid when it was beginning in 1946 in South Africa. The book follows the journey of a black priest named Stephen Kumalo, as he goes from his small tribal village to the large city Johannesburg in search of his sister, brother and son. He was sent a letter from another priest Msimangu telling him that his sister was very ill and he must come at once. When he...
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Refreshingly short-winded. Too often classics go on and on about trivial things which turn delightful 200 page novels into boring 500 pages novels; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an exception being only 75 pages in length; it gets right to the point. It is written through the viewpoint of Mr. Utterson, a friend of Dr. Jekyll who becomes very concerned by his friend’s recent behavior, however...
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
An adorable little book that takes the concepts of a thousand year old philosophy and makes it understandable using the children’s character, Winnie-the-Pooh. “While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hestitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.” Taoists (pronounced ‘dow-ists’) want to achieve being one with nature and to find true wisdom, which...
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
This is a book for Jane Austen fans, which I am, so I loved it. It follows the lives of 5 women and 1 man while they come together for a book club that is “all Jane Austen, all the time.” The club is formed to help a member through a recent separation and impending divorce, 6 members for the 6 Austen novels, all fans, except Grigg the only man in the club who has also never read an...
By a partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian.” -Jane Austen