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February 2024 MassBook List

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess

A dystopian satirical black comedy novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. It is set in a near-future society that has a youth subculture of extreme violence.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Goldenrod by Maggie Smith

Goldenrod: Poems
by Maggie Smith

A powerful collection of poems that look at parenthood, solitude, love, and memory.

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Red at the Bone
by Jacqueline Woodson

Two familes from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

The novel takes place in Lorain, Ohio, and tells the story of a young African-American girl named Pecola who grew up following the Great Depression.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

The story of two sisters — one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South — who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence.

The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place-and realizing that family is yours.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In 18th century Salem Massachusetts, a Puritan young woman is condemned to wear the letter “A” for bearing an illegitimate daughter