Reading America Roundup One

They say reading takes you places, and our ‘Reading America’ project is designed to do just that. Each week, we have been putting out a video online recommending a book set in a particular state. In this way, we hope you can get a feel for the different cultures and geographies that make up the United States of America. Here are the first five books we recommend.

AMERICANAH
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Written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an author who splits her time between the United States and Nigeria, Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu and her high school sweetheart Obinze. Here’s why Margaret Sessa-Hawkins thinks you should give it a read.

THE CALL OF THE WILD
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The Call of the Wild, written by Jack London in 1903, tells the story of Buck, a Saint Bernard mix who navigates a journey from civilization to the wild, remote world of the Yukon/ Klondike regions in what is now the Canadian Alaskan border. Linda Sheppard explains what makes the book so captivating.

OF MICE AND MEN
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Of Mice and Men is probably John Steinbeck’s most famous work. It follows two migrant ranch workers — George and Lennie — who are working in the Salinas Valley in California during the great depression. If you want to find out more about what life was like for people during the great depression, and to read about the agricultural areas around California at the time, Margaret Sessa-Hawkins explains why you should give this book a look.

FIGHT CLUB
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“The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club” (Palahniuk, 48). Breaking that rule, however, Linda Sheppard explains why you should check this book out.

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL
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When Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, came out in 1994, it was an immediate success. The book spent 216 weeks on the New York Times best seller list, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Why was it so gripping? Margaret Sessa-Hawkins explains.

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