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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1950s Titles

84 Charing Cross Road
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (1950s)
This was a fast read, and consisted of a series of letters between Helene Hanff and an English bookseller. The story follows her relationship with the bookseller as she continues to purchase multiple English literature books. She establishes relationships via letters with the proprietor of the shop and multiple staff members. I would rate it a 3 out of 5. -- Added by kcheesman on 01/15/2014

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Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (1950s)
Great memoir and well written. -- Added by Booklover on 01/14/2014

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Is this Tomorrow
Is this Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt (1950s)
Enthralling..... -- Added by bigbabe on 01/13/2014

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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1950s)
A fictional depiction of why mankind is always only one generation away from the collapse of civilization. -- Added by Indy7steve on 01/13/2014

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The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1950s)
It seems like a perfect job. Tom Ripley is given money by a wealthy businessman to go to Italy and convince the man's son Dickie to return to come home to America. Once in Italy, though, Tom becomes enamored of Dickie's carefree lifestyle. When Dickie tires of their friendship and seems about to brush him off, Tom takes drastic measures. The film version, starring Matt Damon, differs from the book is several key ways but is also excellent, and it's interesting to compare the two. -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/13/2014

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The Big Trip Up Yonder
The Big Trip Up Yonder by Kurt Vonnegut Jr (1950s)
Sad, short story. -- Added by c317s on 01/11/2014

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