Books To Read At The Start Of 2016

Sloan Wilson’s, THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT; “GRAY”: a disappointed 1950s corporate “striver” finds gratitude.

John Williams’s, STONER; a lonely World War I era farm boy defies his parents, and becomes a professor with dreams that never happen.

Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey’s, A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS; a 19th/20th century woman’s life is told in exquisite letters.

Leon Uris’s, EXODUS, a novel about the birth of the tiny country, Israel, in the midst of many enemies.

Betty Smith’s, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN; Francie Nolan comes of age and thrives–despite familial and economic difficulties.

Betty Smith’s, MAGGIE-NOW The story of a 20th century woman who has to subjugate her happiness to a difficult father and husband.

Judy Blume’s, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT; a succession of 1952 airplane crashes traumatizes a New Jersey community.

Margaret Mitchell’s, GONE WITH THE WIND; an epic about the War Between the States which introduces Scarlett O’ Hara and Rhett Butler to the world.

Judith Rossner’s, LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR; Terry Dunn’s nocturnal prowl for love turns into murder. Based on a true story.

J.B. West’s and Mary Lynn Kotz’s, UPSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE; how the President’s house is run from FDR to Richard Nixon-according to the Chief Usher.

Judith Guest’s, ORDINARY PEOPLE; a son’s unexpected death, causes anger, resentment, and distorted alliances in the rest of the family.

 

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