Set at a boys’ boarding school in new england during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles’s crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.
A Separate Peace SparkNotes Literature Guide SparkNotes Literature Guide SeriesSparkNotes - It provides chapter-by-chapter analysis, explanations of key themes, motifs and symbols, a review quiz, and essay topics. When an essay is due and dreaded exams loom, this book offers students what they need to succeed. It is suitable for late-night studying and paper writing.
The Catcher in the RyeLittle, Brown and Company - Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure.
. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices--but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story.
The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger's new yorker stories, and for esme--with love and squalor, The Laughing Man, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep. The hero-narrator of the catcher in the rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield.
Anyone who has read J. D. Little Brown and Company. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. However, and for, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, himself.
A Prayer for Owen MeanyWilliam Morrow - One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. Little Brown and Company. William Morrow Company. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary. A deluxe collector’s edition of john irving’s beloved A Prayer for Owen Meany—a coming-of-age tale that ranks among the most cherished American classics, including To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye.
In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire.
A Tree Grows in BrooklynHarper - By turns overwhelming, sublime, and uplifting, heartbreaking, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. If you miss a tree grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience. Little Brown and Company. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience.
Here is an american classic that "cuts right to the heart of life, " hails the New York Times. From the moment she entered the world, precocity, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty smith has, when the children of francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, bringing cause for celebration and revelry.
William Morrow Company. Harper. A pbs great american read top 100 pickthe beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.
Looking For AlaskaDutton Books - A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction. Harper. First prank. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called “The Great Perhaps. Much awaits miles at culver creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. Printz award • a los angeles times book prize finalist • a new york times bestseller • a usa today bestseller • npr’s top ten best-Ever Teen Novels • TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time • A PBS Great American Read Selection • Millions of copies sold! First drink.
Looking For Alaska - William Morrow Company. First friend. First love. Last words. Miles halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. Little Brown and Company. The award-winning, genre-defining debut from john Green, the #1 international bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our StarsWinner of the Michael L.
The Book Thief Anniversary EditionKnopf Books for Young Readers - William Morrow Company. Special Anniversary Edition. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, author of I Am the Messenger, award-winning author Markus Zusak, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
The kind of book that can be life-changing. The new york times “deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Usa today little Brown and Company. It is 1939. Don’t miss bridge of clay, markus zusak’s first novel since the book thief. The country is holding its breath.
The Book Thief Anniversary Edition - When death has a story to tell, you listen. This 10th-anniversary edition of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller features pages of bonus content, including marked-up manuscript pages, original sketches, and pages from the author's writing notebook. Nominated as one of america's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
Harper. Liesel meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.
The Great Gatsby Scribner ClassicsScribner - Harper. A true classic of twentieth-century literature—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. The great Gatsby, F. Scott fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers.
The story of the mysteriously wealthy jay gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, ” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. Little Brown and Company.
The Great Gatsby Scribner Classics - William Morrow Company. Special Anniversary Edition. Scribner Book Company.
Of Mice and Men Penguin Great Books of the 20th CenturyPerfection Learning - Scribner Book Company. Harper. While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, misunderstanding, creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, jealousy, he narrowed his focus when composing "Of Mice and Men" 1937, and callousness.
But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal; a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual's existence meaningful. William Morrow Company. Special Anniversary Edition. Little Brown and Company.
To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary EditionHarper - Voted america's best-loved novel in pbs's the great american readharper lee's pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatredOne of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.
Scribner Book Company. Harper. Special Anniversary Edition. A gripping, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a south poisoned by virulent prejudice, heart-wrenching, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition - Harper. William Morrow Company. Little Brown and Company.
Lord of the Flies Penguin Drop CapsPenguin Books - They attempt to forge their own society, in the face of terror, failing, however, sin and evil. With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische's hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog, the Penguin Drop Caps series launches with six perennial favorites to give as elegant gifts, or to showcase on your own shelves.
G is for Golding. In a design collaboration between jessica hische and penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration, the series features unique cover art by Hische, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. From a to z, the penguin drop caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische It all begins with a letter.
Scribner Book Company. William Morrow Company. Labeled a parable, even a vision of the apocalypse, a myth, a parody, a political treatise, a morality tale, an allegory, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart. Little Brown and Company.
Lord of the Flies Penguin Drop Caps - At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. To wes anderson's recent film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility.