It looks like lots of these books are about 'contemporary' life, or ancient wisdom for maneuvering now, but I was just 18 and newly graduated when I read A Tale of Two Cities. Suddenly I saw the relevance of all those reading lists. I wasn't able to go to college - then - but that book opened a world of literature to me that would give me pleasure as well as knowledge. I might suggest Farenheit 451 to go along with that - a world where books and ideas were seen as so dangerous they all had to be destroyed and minds kept controlled by keeping them tuned into a virtual sunny life.
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