The Book Nook

Welcome to the Book Nook!  This is the weekly thread for Avocados to discuss books we’re currently reading, recommendations, genre, and serious literary criticism. 

This week’s recommended discussion:  We’re all familiar with required reading from our school days.  It’s great for establishing common cultural references, but some books have been common pain points.  Which books would you replace – either with a pick from the same author, or a book with the same topic or theme.  My choice is Ethan Frome.  It’s a great book, but kids should not read it by force.  I think a far superior Wharton for young minds is The Custom of the Country, which has a lot of historical and social complexity.  And America might be a different place if kids were encouraged to examine some ugly truths about our attitudes toward money and other cultures.

Because we’re here to use our words, this is a NO GIF/YouTube/social media embed zone.  The OTs are full of clutter, and I want to keep that out of this thread. Images related to a post are fine, though.

upcoming topics:

10/21:  trick or treat (h/t MisterSplendiferous)
10/28:  masters of horror (h/t MisterSplendiferous)
11/4:  no topic due to U.S. elections (please VOTE by 11/3 if you can)

Book Nook posts every Wednesday at 8:15 AM Eastern.