There are certain books that nearly everyone should read at least once. This feature is designed to help me work my way through these books, in some cases for the second time, and I hope you will join me. Some of these are great literature, some are non-fiction that really hits the mark, some are politically important, etc. Some will be books whose premise I strongly refute, but I recognize that they are important none the less.
Every six weeks or so, I will feature a different book that matters, and I will spend the next six weeks reading it and discussing it with anyone who is interested. I hope that many of you will read the books, too, so you can join in the discussion. I've asked a few learned friends to add their two cents when the time comes. Who gets to decide which books matter? Well, on this blog, I do. I do welcome suggestions, though.
The reason for allotting such a long time, six weeks or so, to read them is because they will all have many layers which need to be explored. Even the ones that are "easy to read" will have a lot of depth. I hope to get a lot of input from all of you. All of the posts related to Books That Matter will bear the tag, Books That Matter, so it will be easy to find them.
To allow you time to get a copy of the current or next book, here is a list of the books I've chosen. I might rearrange the order, or add or subtract, but this should serve as a starting point.
beginning Feb 2, 2012- The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
beginning Mar 14, 2012- Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer
beginning Apr 25, 2012-King Lear by William Shakespeare
The Confessions of St. Augustine
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Federalist Papers
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens