I wrote recently about the resurgence in popularity of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. In the past, I’ve written about the deep-set ire that accompanies discussions of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Although most classic literature can offer something relevant to individuals, some books just seem to be appropriate for the concerns of a particular era.
Without further ado, here’s my top 10 list of books (in no particular order) with a message that might resonate in 2009:
- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
- Pearl Buck, The Good Earth
- Shakespeare, Timon of Athens
- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle
- Giles Slade, Made to Break
- Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis
- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
- Arthur Miller, The Death of a Salesman
What’s your list?