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Old 06-12-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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need recommendations for books for my daughter

I need some help finding some books for my 17 yr old daugher. She loves to reading but can rarely find something she likes reading. I am a hard core sci -fi and fantasy book reader and can't help her, and when we ask at the book store they are not much help either. My daughter likes well.... sad, depressing, tragic books that don't end happy. She read a few historical ones she really liked but I cant remember the names right now. She definately is not into vampires or anything like that. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:23 AM   #2
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Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar

Franz Kafka - The Trial

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago, Cancer Ward

Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood.

Banana Yoshimoto - Goodbye Tsugunami
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:26 AM   #3
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Yikes! Try to get her interested in some humor books or something!

Also, try whatshouldireadnext.com
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:35 AM   #4
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Yikes! Try to get her interested in some humor books or something!

Also, try whatshouldireadnext.com
That hardly seems to answer artemisblossom's question.

I recomend Dostoevsky's "The Idiot"--it is a wonderfully tragic tale about a penniless epileptic Prince returning from Switzerland into his native Russia, his attempts to secure himself a tolerable life, and his romantic entanglement with a beautiful but seemingly quite heartless woman that entraps both his and several of his acquaintances'/friends' hearts in ways that foreshadow little good.

Feedbooks.com has it:
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/367

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Fateless / Fatelessness by KERTÉSZ Imre

http://www.amazon.com/Fatelessness-I.../dp/1400078636

This one is a Nobel Prize for Literature winning holocaust book, written from the perspective of a young boy, who, for much of the book, is disturbingly complacent and accepting of his lot.

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Old 06-12-2009, 10:42 AM   #5
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Thank you so much for the recommendations moeJoe. I will suggest those to her.

LOl Yep Dixie gal "yikes" I have tried to get her interested in other types of books and movies but she isn't interested LOL her favorite movies are the Donny Darko ones I took her to see "Twilight" and she laughed throughout the movie equating Edward's being called "Special" with being mentlly challenged. LOl her Dad and I suspect she is from another planet, she doesn't even like sunny days, just cloudy, dull, dreary looking ones LOL
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Thank You Ahi ! I saw your post after I replied. I am picking her up from school today and we are going to the bookstore hopefully they will have some of these titles to choose from. Thank you all again so much!!!
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:48 AM   #7
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How about:

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
Bleak House - Charles Dickens (not quite as tragic as the others.

Or if she likes more modern books, I'll try to think of some, but usually I go for more cheerful things now. When I was 17 I read lots of victorian literature including the ones above, and lots of other fairly bleak stuff (I wasn't exactly a cheerful teenager!), but it's hard to remember at the moment. If I think of any more when I've looked at my bookshelves I'll add them.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:56 AM   #8
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One Were Warriors by Alan Duff is interesting and depresssing.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:58 AM   #9
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The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M Auel

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Old 06-12-2009, 11:00 AM   #10
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Oh yeah, I forgot about the Victorian things. I had to take that class to graduate, then promptly tried to drown the memory in sunshine and chocolate. Put Wuthering Heights into whatshouldireadnext and see what sordid things it suggests. I'm gonna do it right now out of curiosity.

EDIT: Here are the results. I would imagine most of them are in the free ebooks here at MR.


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Mansfield Park - Jane Austen See Amazon UK | US
My Cousin Rachel Hgr Int 3rd Edn - D DuMaurier See Amazon UK | US
The Scarlett Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne See Amazon UK | US | Read Comments
Frenchmans Creek - Daphne Du Maurier See Amazon UK | US
Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence See Amazon UK | US
Middlemarch - George Eliot See Amazon UK | US
Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe See Amazon UK | US
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte See Amazon UK | US
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:12 AM   #11
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Pretty much anything by Thomas Hardy.

Mme Bovary by Flaubert, or the (excellent) graphic version by Posy Simmonds, Gemma Bovery.

Historical - maybe A place of greater safety by Hilary Mantel (or maybe not - on the one hand, pretty much everyone dies in the end, but on the other hand, it's very, very funny on the way)

As you're into sci-fi, perhaps you could suggest some of the more dystopian novels? 1984? TThe Handmaid's Tale?
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Mansfield Park - Jane Austen See Amazon UK | US
My Cousin Rachel Hgr Int 3rd Edn - D DuMaurier See Amazon UK | US
The Scarlett Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne See Amazon UK | US | Read Comments
Frenchmans Creek - Daphne Du Maurier See Amazon UK | US
Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence See Amazon UK | US
Middlemarch - George Eliot See Amazon UK | US
Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe See Amazon UK | US
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte See Amazon UK | US
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy See Amazon UK | US | Read Comments
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute See Amazon UK | US
Some of these might be slightly too cheerful, but I think I'd recommend all of them to a 17 yr old girl. I read all of these around that time and loved most of them.
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The Thomas Covenant series always depresses the snot out of me, so maybe she'd like that...
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These may be too mature but she's 17 and drawn to melancholic books and are recent titles -

The Secret Life of Bees
Handmaid's Tale (already mentioned)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Duma Key by Stephen King
The Road by Cormac Mccarthy
Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Light On Snow by Anita Shreve

Again, these are all adult titles - most I'd probably let my 17 year old read - Duma Key is dark - but - I loved Stephen King when I was a teenager - and the end is dark - not a super horror book, but just dark.
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Thirteen Reasons by Jay Asher
The Pact, Seventeen Minutes, or My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
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