While browsing Book Riot the other day, I came across an article by Rebecca Joines Schinsky that discusses the advantages of required advance reading lists for classes and wonders is there should be one for everyone, so that we would all have common ground. She also wonders if it might help make us better people. Plausibility not an issue, I wondered what I would include on such a list. Schinsky’s three were: What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and From Margin to Center by bell hooks. I think I would have to include War and Peace (trans. by Pevear and Volokhonsky) (yes, I’ve actually read it) by Leo Tolstoy and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. What would you include?
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