Books My Son Needs To Read — On The Road
Joshua Isard

Ditto on “Catcher.” I hope high-school English programs* are still teaching that one. But, if not, every teenager, male or female, should be forced to read it. “On the Road,” by contrast, is more esoteric. It meanders, like jazz; and, like jazz, it either clicks with you or it doesn’t. [*I also hope these programs have stopped forcing “The Great Gatsby” on its students. Yes, it’s one of the most well-crafted and gut-wrenching novels ever written. But it’s not for teenagers. How can you expect a 16-year-old to empathize with that period in your early-30s when you’re struggling for — and likely losing — your very soul? You can’t.]

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