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Jean Webb's Top Book Recommendations

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Sleeping Dogs

Recommended by Jean Webb, and 1 others.

Jean WebbA most beautiful and shocking book for teenagers that deals with a taboo subject: incest. (Source)

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Mattia e il nonno

"Con il gomitolo in mano il nonno sparì fra i girasoli, mentre Mattia restava fermo con il capo del filo. Passò del tempo, e Mattia, tenendo stretto il filo, aspettava e guardava il ciclo. Vide passare anatre, nuvole, un aereo, rondini, farfalle, bombi. Poi sentì un grido abbastanza lontano: era il nonno. Allora Mattia entrò nel bosco di girasoli, e cominciò ad avvolgere il filo rosso, che si stendeva ben visibile fra i fusti verdi e le foglie. Il gomitolo diventò sempre più grosso fra le sue mani, e le foglie dei girasoli frusciavano, un po' per il vento, un po' per il passaggio di Mattia.... more
Recommended by Jean Webb, and 1 others.

Jean WebbA boy and his dying grandfather embark on a surreal and symbolic journey together. (Source)

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Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)

Classic tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder about life on the frontier and America's best-loved pioneer family. The sun-kissed prairie stretches out around the Ingalls family, smiling its welcome after their long, hard journey across America. But looks can be deceiving and they soon find that they must share the land with wild bears and Indians. Will there be enough land for all of them? Little House on the Prairie is the sequel to Little House in the Big Woods and On the Banks of Plum Creek. less
Recommended by Jean Webb, and 1 others.

Jean WebbIn this book a family has to negotiate and find out what the rules are for living in the wilds of the American West. (Source)

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In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature.

Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books--with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.--by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian...

Eric Weinstein[Eric Weinstein recommended this book on Twitter.] (Source)

Larry DoyleYou’d have to be a zombie to miss the humour in it – it’s hilarious. Although the book is ancient, the humour feels modern (Source)

Jean WebbAn imaginative, clever and fun fantasy story that satirises nineteenth century England at the same time as celebrating academic thinking. (Source)

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The Summer Book

In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from... more
Recommended by Austin Kleon, Zoe Kazan, Jean Webb, and 3 others.

Austin KleonAll of Jansson’s work makes me want to move to Finland and live on an island. Less fanciful than my beloved Moomin comics, these stories have an undercurrent of sorrow to them. Really gorgeous book. (Source)

Zoe Kazan@nanzhda I love this book. I’ve given it away so many times I no longer have a copy x (Source)

Jean WebbOn the island the grandmother, who is an artist, creates a whole world—a forest with animals made from pieces of wood for the granddaughter. The book explores ways in which they engage with each other. (Source)

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