Tag Archives: Classic

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

Optimist's DaughterTitle:  The Optimist’s Daughter

Author:  Eudora Welty

Call #:  WELTY

This book, with great poignancy and sly humor, tells about a young woman who comes back to her Southern hometown to deal with her father’s death and the silly, uncaring woman he married.  Confronting the past and dealing with the present at the same time is never easy, but Eudora Welty is a master at presenting all aspects of humanity – comedy as well as tragedy.

Recommended by:  Betty

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down by Richard AdamsTitle:  Watership Down

Author:  Richard Adams

Call #:  ADA

An epic tale of exile, survival, heroism and adventure as a group of rabbits leave their doomed habitat and adventure forth against all odds on a quest for a new home and a brighter future; one of my all-time favorite books.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

The Natural by Bernard Malamud

The Natural by Bernard MalamudTitle:  The Natural

Author:  Bernard Malamud

Call #:  MAL

This book, which inspired a hugely popular film, is much different from the Hollywood version. Based partly on true events, it traces the life of a small town baseball player with an unprecedented talent for the game. His life spirals out of control when a psychopathic killer of athletes nearly brings his life to an end. Wounded beyond full recovery, he must deal with the reality of his situation and the pain of failure.

Recommended by:  John

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Once and Future King by T.H. WhiteTitle:  The Once and Future King

Author:  T.H. White

Call #:  FSY WHI

The boy who will become King Arthur is tutored by Merlin in the first part of this book. The man who is king is betrayed by his wife and his best friend in the last part. Through it all, Arthur wants to make the world into a better place, and it happens, “for one brief shining moment.”  I will read this again.

Recommended by:  Betty

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip DickTitle:  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Author:  Philip K. Dick

Call #:  SF DIC

This futuristic story of a doomed Earth centers on colonization of other planets where work is performed by android slaves. When some of these slaves escape to Earth they are hunted down by a detective who has fallen in love with a woman who turns out to be a machine. A metaphorical tale of love, racism, and right and wrong, this book was the inspiration for the film Blade Runner.

Recommended by:  John

Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Daughter of Time by Josephine TeyTitle:  Daughter of Time

Author:  Josephine Tey

Call #:  M TEY

This is one of my old favorites. A police inspector laid up with a broken leg reinvestigates Richard III’s role in the murder of the princes in the Tower using information from Richard’s time coupled with modern investigation methods. If you are interested in English history, you will enjoy this book.

Recommended by:  Betty

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeTitle: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Call #: WIL

A now-classic tale of eternal youth, this book tells the story of a young man whose portrait ages while he remains young. With time, Dorian becomes increasingly self-destructive and dissolute only to have his painting erase any physical repercussions. One thing that the painting can’t repair is Dorian’s conscience which weighs heavy with guilt and heavy with…murder! Subtle, possibly unnoticed Victorian references to sexuality and drugs make this book worth rereading.

Recommended by: John