Are there books you thought were so good that you think every teenager should read? What are they?
The Book Review section recently took on the challenge of making a list like this. It selected 12 books to read in your 20s. Here’s how the editors began the article:
There are far more worthy books than any of us will get to read in a lifetime. So you better get cracking in your 20s, at the latest. Below are 12 books earnestly if somewhat arbitrarily recommended. To read them all is to learn about wartime, race in America, growing up feeling like you’re different, how cities are built and lived in, grief, the power of imagination and much more.
Here’s the list:
“Catch-22,” by Joseph Heller (1961)
“Beloved,” by Toni Morrison (1987)
“His Dark Materials” Trilogy, by Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
“White Teeth,” by Zadie Smith (2000)
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz (2007)
“The Fire Next Time,” by James Baldwin (1963)
“Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” by Joan Didion (1968)
“The Power Broker,” by Robert Caro (1975)
“A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” by David Foster Wallace (1997)
“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” by Dave Eggers (2000)
“Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi (2003)
“Fun Home,” by Alison Bechdel (2006)
Students: Read the entire article, then tell us:
— What books do you think every teenager should read? What makes these books must-reads?
— Is there anything about the books you selected that makes them relevant or appealing to teenagers in particular?
— Is there one book on your list that’s your favorite? What is it, and why?
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