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Books 2002

"The Classics"

February 26th "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
Winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Set during the Great Depresion, this novel traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dustbowl family to California, and did much to publicize the injustices of migrant labor.

March 26th "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Winner of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
This semi-autobiographical tale is set in the small southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Told through the eyes of 8 year-old Scout Finch, this is a novel of race, class, justice and the pain of growing up.

April 23rd "My Antonia" by Willa Cather
Willa Cather portrays one of the great women of literature- strong, capable and honest. First published in 1918, this novel honors the immigrant settlers of the American plains.

May 28th "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck
The tragic tale of how a priceless pearl brings greed, treachery and loss to a poor Mexican pearl diver and his family.

June 25th "Light in August" by William Faulkner
Published in 1932, this was the seventh in a series set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. The novel tells the story of Joe Christmas, whose mixed black-white heritage condemns him to life as an outsider.

July 23rd "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Published anonymously in 1811, this story revolves around the two Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and explores the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason.

August 27th "The Yearling" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Winner of the 1938 Pultzer Prize for Fiction.
The timeless story of backwoods Florida and the relationship of a young boy and his tame fawn.

September 24th "1984" by George Orwell
Published in 1949 as a warning about the menaces of totalitarianism, this novel depicts a gray world dominated by "Big Brother".

October 22nd "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
First published both serially and in book form in 1859, this novel portrays outrage against tyranny set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

November 26th "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Published in 1850, this tale is an exploration of humanity's struggle with love, sin, guilt and redemption.