10 Books You Should Before I Grad

From friend of the library, Jeff Yashinchuk LVRogers, Nelson, BC
“Asked to select 10 books that all Grade 10,11, & 12 students should read before graduating. Any suggestions,”
What a simple but strong notion. It begs the question what is essential literary experience? Why do we still teach with ‘Lord of the Rings’? Why ever? What about non-fiction?
I’m asking my teens and making a kiosk. What do you pick? I’ll need to compose a brief rationale here asap….Here is my quick preliminary list in no rank:
1. Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klien
2. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
3. Race Against Time by Stephen Lewis
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
5. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
6.The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
7. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
8.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
9. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
10. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Isn’t this fun!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die: Chronicling the History of the Novel
Preface by Peter Ackroyd, General Editor Peter Boxall
ISBN 1-84403-417-8
Fun to recall titles

10 Books You Should Before I Grad

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