June 27th, 2007

Which book would you pick? Which book should I read?

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 117 new grant for the Big Read, more than doubling the number of communities participating in the program.

Launched in 2006, the Big Read encourages people in a town or city to jointly read one of a selected number of books. The organization's goal is to have 400 communities on board for 2008.

The communities participating in the program this fall/winter will choose the novel to be read city-wide from among these American classics:
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (never heard of it)
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (read it on my own in high school)
- My Ántonia by Willa Cather (never read it)
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (read it on my own in high school)
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (think I just saw the movie)
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (read it on my own in college)
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (never read it)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (have read half to my bored 11 yo)
- The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (never read it(=)
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (read it on my own in college)
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (I remember when this book came out! It's weird to see a contemorary book on this list)
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (never read it, perhaps I saw a movie? with Michele Pfeiffer? or saw a preview?)



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