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MC Book Club: The Classics

MC BOOK CLUB

This edition of the MC Book Club offers a glimpse inside the best classics for you and your family…

Children, young adults and parents can discover or re-read novels that have stood the test of time for centuries. These essential classic titles sit among time honored authors and hold the keys to our wildest imaginations.

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – The Little Prince

Children:

  • Where The Wild Things Are by: Maurice Sendak – The Wild Things – with their mismatched parts and giant eyes – manage somehow to be scary looking without ever really being scary; at times they’re downright hilarious. This classic story floats between the land of dreams and a child’s imagination.This Sendak classic manages to reaffirm the notion that there’s no place like home. Amazon.com
  • Charlottes Web by: E.B. White – Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spider web tells her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. Amazon.com
  • Dr Seuss (Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The cat in the Hat) – Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks—will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime! Amazon.com
  • The Little Prince by: Antoine de Saint Exupery – The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, each tiny world populated by a single adult. It’s a wonderfully inventive sequence, which evokes not only great fairy tales but also such monuments of post-modern whimsy. Amazon.com
  • Madeline by: Ludwig Bemelmans– Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years! Amazon.com

MC Book Club: The Classics

Teens:

  • Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott – Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely? Amazon.com
  • Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen – In one of the most universally loved and admired English novels, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. Jane Austen’s art transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life. Amazon.com
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by: Harper Lee – A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, 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. Amazon.com
  • Of Mice and Men by: John Steinbeck – While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing “Of Mice and Men” (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, 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. Amazon.com

MC Book Club: The Classics

Adults:

  • The Great Gatsby by: Scott Fitzgerald – First published in 1925, this quintessential Jazz Age novel 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. Amazon.com
  • Gone with The Wind by: Margret Mitchell – A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction. This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. Amazon.com
  • The Count of Montecristo by: Alexandre Dumas – This beloved novel tells the story of Edmond Dantès, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress, the Château d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a hidden treasure revealed to him by a fellow prisoner, he devotes the rest of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him. Dumas’s epic novel of justice, retribution, and self-discovery—one of the most enduringly popular adventure tales ever written. Amazon.com
  • Great Expectations by: Charles Dickens – In this unflaggingly suspenseful story of aspirations and moral redemption, humble, orphaned Pip, a ward of his short-tempered older sister and her husband, Joe, is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge, but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman. And, indeed, it seems as though that dream is destined to come to pass — because one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” A gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, and love and loss Amazon.com
  • The Awakening by: Kate Chopin – Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics. Amazon.com

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MC Book Club: The Classics