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Which Authors’ books would you recommend (from the list) for a 16 year old?

Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, G. K. Chesterton, Joan Didion, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Paul Fussell, Zora Neale Hurston, Samual Johnson, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, George Orwell, George Santayana, George Bernard Shaw, John Updike, Gore Vidal, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, E. B. White, Virginia Woolf. I am looking for a book that is easy to read but still has enough depth for a nice essay.

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6 Responses so far.

  1. infrabranchial says:

    George Orwell’s great. Hurston and Nabokov are all right too. Aren’t White’s books a little young? I know he wrote Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, I don’t know about his others. I wouldn’t read Woolf.

  2. switchboard says:

    G. B. Shaw is ‘wise-guy’ enough to appeal to a 16 year old.You won’t ‘get’ all his depth till you’re older, but you’ll find enough for a pretty deep essay, and enjoy yourself on the way.

  3. simonis says:

    I’ve loved everything I read by Margaret Atwood. I also liked Joyce Carol Oates’ “The Grave Digger’s Daughter.”I love EB White’s books “The Trumpet of the Swan” and “Charlotte’s Web”, but they’re books aimed at younger children primarily. Still have interesting imagery, foreshadowing, etc that you could write an essay about.

  4. missionize says:

    From the list… really the only thing i would suggest is Ralph Waldo Emerson. His type of literature is the only on the list that really would interest me, or in my opinion, any 16 yo. E.B. White is good too… but a little to… i dont know, childish?

  5. whaly says:

    George Orwell is amazing. Go with either 1984 or Animal Farm. Both wonderful, quick reads.

  6. DeRykus says:

    Ralph Waldo EmersonGeorge OrwellE.B. White