In the novel, Charlie’s teacher, Bill, assigns him various books to read. Charlie describes them all as his favorites.
Why do you think these specific books were assigned?
Do you see any common themes in these books?
What do you think Charlie’s teacher wanted him to take away from each book?
What life lesson can each book help Charlie with?
What book would you reccomend to Charlie?
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- ‘This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- The Stranger by Albert Camus
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The book also references a book of poems by E. E. Cummings, The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts, a book by Anne Rice, and an autobiography of a woman who was a character in Reds, most likely Emma Goldman. The poem “A Person/A Paper/A Promise” by Dr. Earl Reum is also mentioned.