The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A mashup fairy tale with elements of historical fiction, this novel examines what happens when a mermaid joins PT Barnum ‘s traveling American Museum. She joined up to see the world? But is that a good idea?
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Pretend that medieval England was the good old days—and find out why Charlie Brown and his friends loved this classic novel.
Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
This Nobel Prize-winning book expounds on a lovely premise: We are standing on top of giants—and ancient kings—and if we can only remember them, and deal with the dragons, we will find our way back to wholeness.
A Wild Swan by Michael Cunningham
The only stories better than fairy tales are fractured fairy tales. Kids know that, and so does Michael Cunningham, who has won both the Pulitzer and the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction. In this volume, he provides new, adult interpretations of "Snow White,” "The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and more, providing not only a great escape but also a chance to enrich the stories you already know.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman
We all know you can’t go home again, but sometimes, we need to experience the lesson. In this dark story, a man who returns home to attend a funeral discovers his family utterly unchanged, haunted by both the beneficent and evil forces of his childhood.
In the Suicide Mountains by John Gardner
The versatile author of James Bond novels and also literary classics like Grendel, John Gardner here presents an adult fairytale. Sink into the story of three misbegotten, despairing souls who find purpose in convincing the others that life is worth living. Cheer them on in their quest to unmask the mysterious six-fingered man.
The Human Comedy by William Saroyan
Join Homer (and his little brother Ulysses) Macauley in navigating a first job and coming of age in Ithaca, California during World War II. Learn along with him that life has the beauty we give it.