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50 Books to Read Before You Die – Redux

In last month’s newsletter, the 50 Books List was introduced and this month I am pleased to announce that except for 12, MEL has all 50.

That is pretty good for a library that depends on donations from generous members and friends for its collection!

The missing dozen are:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. We have several other Austen novels but this one has eluded us.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I know we had this book at one time because I read it but it seems to have disappeared from the shelves.
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geofrey Chaucer – neither in New English nor in Old.
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. How did we miss this one?
  • Money by Martin Amis. Wikipedia classifies it “a cult classic”. I’ll be looking for a copy.
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – not even an abridged children’s version.
  • His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pulman. We do have “The Sally Lockhart Trilogy” in the Young Adult section.
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope. Yes, a little old-fashioned but very readable. Trollope is a master story teller.
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus.
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Again, we had a copy at one time but it has gone missing.
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Perhaps we have had enough of war.
  • Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway

If you have a copy of any of the above 12, and would like to donate and help round out MEL’s collection, please let us know and we will coordinate how many and what copies could be coming our way!

And to make your choice of what MEL does have to offer easier, we’ve got a separate shelf featuring a selection of books from the 50 Books List from which you may choose. In addition, you will find books which have been recommended by our Volunteers.

And don’t be shy – if you have a favorite book that you think should be included on the 50 Books List, send that title along and we will create and addendum which reflects the discerning choices of MEL readers.

-by Lorna Gail, Interim MEL Administrator

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