In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.
The terrifying vampiric Count Dracula wreaks havoc on a band of hunters intent on stopping him. Dracula is a recognized classic in which Christian themes such as temptation, sin, and good versus evil are everywhere present. The book poignantly exposes the seductive and destructive nature of sin.
In Silas Marner, Eliot combines symbolism with a historically precise setting to create a tale of love and hope. This novel explores the issues of redemptive love, the notion of community, the role of religion, and the status of the gentry and family.
"The Namesake" takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans, exploring the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations.
Zora Neale Hurstons beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose.
In this exciting novel set during the French Revolution, Charles Dickens expresses sympathy for the downtrodden poor and their outrage at the self-indulgent aristocracy. But Dickens is no friend of the vengeful mob that storms the Bastille and cheers the guillotine.
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. While watching The Magnificent Seven Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magnficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. This is the rare American novel that can be discovered with excitement in adolescence and reread into adulthood without fear of disappointment.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America's vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know. In a still puritanical nation, Twain reminded adults that children were not angels, but fellow human beings, and perhaps all the more lovable for their imperfections and bad grooming.