Jason Gibbons

If you haven’t read it

Into the Wild is the true story of a modern day transcendentalist-wanderer, Christopher McCandless, and his personal search for truth and meaning. Almost immediately after receiving a degree from Emory University, Chris donated $25,000 from his bank account to charity and drove out west, abandoning his car and burning all of the cash in his wallet along the way.

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February is a great month to read Mark Twain’s classic, Pudd’nhead Wilson. Twain had a newspaper man’s eye for details and a sharp wit which he never hesitated to employ. Twain’s literature satirized the American life and reflected the absurd in a way that popular television shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report still successfully mimic.

If you haven’t read it …

February is a great month to read Mark Twain’s classic, Pudd’nhead Wilson. Twain had a newspaper man’s eye for details and a sharp wit which he never hesitated to employ. Twain’s literature satirized the American life and reflected the absurd in a way that popular television shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report still successfully mimic.

If you haven’t read it

Published in 1957, On The Road is the ultimate tale of wanderlust and the joys and perils of the open road. The largely autobiographical novel revolves around many of the major players of the Beat movement including the apocalyptic poet, Allen Ginsberg, and Kerouac’s sometimes muse, Neil Cassady.

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is a post-apocalyptic picture of an America that no longer exists. An unnamed catastrophe has all but destroyed humanity and left the country an ashen wasteland. A father and his young son fight certain death at every turn as they make their way on the road to the coast — and what they hope will be salvation.

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Angela’s Ashes is the first and best of a trilogy of Frank McCourt’s memoirs written after he retired from his 30-year career as an English teacher. In heartbreaking detail, McCourt tells of his childhood and coming of age in Limerick, Ireland around the time of the Second World War.

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Aldous Huxley was born in England in July of 1894 into a well known family of scientists and writers. His most famous works include BRAVE NEW WORLD, CROME YELLOW, and THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION. He is considered by many to be the spiritual father of the hippie movement.

Reading for Pleasure

Alan Paton was born in South Africa in 1903. From the beginning of his career, he became heavily involved in race relations. While serving as principal at a school for delinquent African boys, he composed his masterpiece, Cry, The Beloved Country. Cry, The Beloved Country is a powerful novel revolving around the social conditions and consequences of progress facing the South African natives in the middle of the 20th century.

Reading for pleasure

Looking for something good to read between classes? This week’s featured book is Graham Greene’s acclaimed Vietnam novel, The Quiet American. If you like what you read, this book is available for checkout in the library. For more information on Greene’s life or novels you can go to http://members.