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Literature for College Kids

Kathleen Bailey
The list author says: "These are the books that can cultivate an active mind for a life time."
Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction)
Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction)
"Everyone needs to read a Vonnegut book, and they're so many good ones to choose from.  This one's for those with an interest in art, especially postmodernism."
Catch-22
Catch-22
"Heller's use of humor is so great that it tricks us into reading the horrid tales borne of war.  Laugh but search for higher meaning as Heller bustles you around the Mediterranean. One of best books written on war, certainly the most entertaining."
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
"Probably the best book ever written on the pioneers of LSD.  Hop on The Further bus with Ken Kesey, Mountain Girl, The Grateful Dead, Hunter S. Thompson, The Hells Angels, and maybe even The Beatles.  If you can't handle Wolfe's 'New Journallism,' you're a square."
On the Road
On the Road
"The best intro there is to the beats.  Read it and learn how to experience college years from a pro.  Drive, ride, or walk cross country with the author.  Eat in diners, dance to jazz, get drunk, write poetry, get in fights, hop trains, and dig everything."
Jitterbug Perfume
Jitterbug Perfume
"Generally the favorite of Tom Robbins aficionados.  If you abhor verbosity, don't pick this up.  If you want a brilliant, perhaps eccentric, words smith, who will have you picking up the dictionary every other page, pick this up.  No one can say it's uninteresting."
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
"You're university will make you read Huckleberry Finn.  This one, however, is his most fun novel.  And, it's just as intelligent and subversive as the latter.  If you read one book by Twain, this should be it."
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
"Widely accepted as Orwell's seminal work.  One that people almost have to read to understand the world we live in.  It is gruesome, however.  If anyone tries to convince you that there's a red scare parallel in there, remind them that Orwell was a socialist."
A People's History of the United States
A People's History of the United States
"The best history book ever written.  Any senior high school class that doesn't use it is a joke."
Chomsky on Anarchism
Chomsky on Anarchism
"To have any cred amongst intellectuals, one has to have read a book by Chomsky, why not it be one that perfectly defines his political beliefs. Noam Chomsky is the number one quoted person alive today, top 8 out of people living or dead."
The Power and the Glory (Penguin Classics)
The Power and the Glory (Penguin Classics)
"If you're a writer who wants to learn from one of the best scene setters there's ever been, pick this up.  If you want to see characters intensely haunted by themselves and their beliefs in an exotic locale, this is it. Alcohol and Catholicism have just been made illegal within a state of Mexico.  Live the experience for some."
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
"Here's your token holocaust book.  Read the comic that made them acceptable in universities."
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
"Streetcar's what you'll have to read in school.  This one's equally as good, set in a Southern locale.  Few could turn the viewer to the character like Tennessee Williams could in his hay day.  The best description of an alcoholic in literature."
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
"Go on this savage journey!  Gonzo's not for everybody, but if you understand it, this book is one of the best portraits of America ever created in American literature."
Bound for Glory (Plume)
Bound for Glory (Plume)
"Bob Dylan said it left more of an imprint on him than even On The Road.  Like On The Road, it's one of the best portraits of America ever created.  Hop on a boxcar and look for the American Dream."
Anarcho Grow - Pura Vida in Costa Rica
Anarcho Grow - Pura Vida in Costa Rica
"Will get you to Latin America quicker and cheaper than a plane ticket.  Learn how to save the world in a more peaceful way than Che Guevera imagined.  Everyone needs to read something to give them a background in Latin American culture and politics, let it be one that's exciting."
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
"Want to find out what it's like working in any of the various jobs of the world?  Famous oral historian Studs Terkel brings you shows you the lives of numerous workers in America.  Learn about your fellow man."
Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation
Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation
"For those looking for a quick read. Want to find out what it's like working in any of the various jobs of the world?  Famous oral historian Studs Terkel brings you shows you the lives of numerous workers in America.  Learn about your fellow man."
Waiting for An Angel: A Novel
Waiting for An Angel: A Novel
"Everyone needs to read some literature from Africa.  You can pick up God's Bits of Wood, like every other college student, or you can try this.  It's one of the best out there, but your college professors haven't gotten hip to it, yet."
Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition: Bold-faced Thoughts on the Power and Pleasure of Self-expression (Bold-Faced Wisdom)
Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition: Bold-faced Thoughts on the Power and Pleasure of Self-expression (Bold-Faced Wisdom)
"Arguably the greatest collection of American poetry.  Everyone needs to give it a shot."
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
"Possibly the best book written on the Vietnam War.  O'Brien's magic realism, like Heller's humor, makes the horrors of war readable."
The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)
The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)
"London was one of the best writers of the past century, if you haven't read anything by him lately, this is where you start.  Think about London's socialist beliefs, and the innate drive to work that he sees within nature."
Herland, The Yellow Wall-Paper, and Selected Writings (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Herland, The Yellow Wall-Paper, and Selected Writings (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
"Learn the history that women have struggled through in the United States with The Yellow Wall-Paper"
The Souls of Black Folk
The Souls of Black Folk
"Everyone needs that book to show them the struggles African Americans have had to endure to gain the standing they have today."