1. Bleak House
    by Charles Dickens

    Two fascinating narrators tell the tale of the long-buried secrets of Esther Sommerson’s life and a generations-long family lawsuit.  A host of unforgettable characters.  Romance, mystery, comedy, and satire. Opening paragraph:  London. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets, as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet

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  2. Who Shall Inherit?
    March 2018

    From Shakespeare’s King Lear and Hamlet to the Victorian Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations to today’s wildly popular Inheritance Cycle, inheritance has always been a popular theme in literature. No wonder. Who wouldn’t be fascinated by identity and control; wealth and power; the Victorian “marriage market”; disinheritance and usurpation; parental love and approval—and plain old luck? Here are some wonderful novels dealing with this theme. Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Perhaps the most famous inheritance novel, Bleak House features

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  3. God-fearing and Growing Up
    March 2017

    Emma and David Copperfield in the nineteenth century. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye in the twentieth. Persepolis and The Goldfinch in the twenty-first. It’s not surprising to come across the perpetually popular coming-of-age plot quite frequently. What has surprised me, however, is having found an unexpected number of wonderful coming-of-age novels that happen to take place in highly religious families. Here are some really good ones: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews. Darkly funny coming-of-age

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  4. Laugh Out Louders
    November 2015

    Looking to offset the Seasonal Affective Disorder that may set in when the days grow shorter and darker? Instead of just turning on more therapeutic lights or popping some extra meds, try the Delightful Reads Method!  Here are some authors to make you laugh out loud—just what the proverbial doctor ordered: P. G. Woodhouse: I would recommend The Code of the Woosters or just about any book with “Jeeves” in the title.  These books feature the wealthy and scatterbrained Bertie Wooster,

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