Although we are hard pressed to think of a single drawback to Book Bingo, it is true that for some readers it calls forth unwelcome memories of required reading. Yet the popularity of bingo and similar reading challenges and groups suggests that something appeals to us about being stretched beyond our habitual reading appetites. Might those same restrictions we chafed at in school suddenly feel like a welcome dose of structure, now that we can read whatever we please?
Rereading can be an interesting way of deepening our awareness both of a text, and of our former selves. This is especially true when we willingly and with curiosity take up some book that we have previously experienced as obligatory drudgery. Freed from the need to take notes, uncover themes or prep for a quiz, we can encounter afresh some of the best and most engaging books ever written, reclaiming them for our own.
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You think you’ve read all of the American classics? Or perhaps you hide from them because they seem a little too close to required reading? Take a look at the 10 listed here, and then at our complete 30-novel Seattle Picks: American Classics list hand-picked by our librarians. Sure, you’ll find Fitzgerald and Faulkner on our full-length list, but we bet there’s something here that might give you a new twist on whatever it is you think when you think “classics.”
- A Death in the Family by James Agee: This deeply poignant yet unsentimental account of what happens to his wife and six-year-old son when Jay Follet fails to return from a late night drive, won the Pulitzer Prize upon its posthumous publication.
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: During the 1950’s a young nameless Black man finds himself rendered invisible as he moves through levels of American intolerance.
- So Big by Edna Ferber: The daughter of a Chicago gambler, Selina Peake DeJong struggles to make a living for herself and her only child, “sobig,” in this inspiring story of a journey through life.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: Chief Broom, a deaf-mute Indian kept in an Oregon mental hospital, tells the story of Randle McMurphy’s battle of wills with the sadistic Big Nurse Ratched, a struggle between two varieties of madness. Continue reading “10 American classics to add to your to-read list”