The Graduate is an iconic story, creating classic characters like Mrs. Robinson. Fifty years since its release, we still find ourselves in love with this coming of age story about love and finding your way in the world so we’ve come up with a list of the books that remind us of the famous narrative.
Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How “The Graduate” Became the Touchstone of a Generation by Beverly Gray
This nonfiction read about the film itself, details the ways in which an obscure book turned into a movie that would go on to be nominated for numerous awards and affect audiences everywhere. Perfect for fans of the book and movie, this book will give you the behind-the-scenes look you’ve been craving and give you further insight into the highly-influential and iconic story.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Highlighting the realities of life after school, six long-term friends will find differing levels of success and talent in this New York Times bestseller. Set against the background of the everchanging New York City 15 years after initially meeting, these six individuals will find that their carefree days are behind them and that their friendship has transformed into something that revolves around envy and success.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
In this national bestseller, two friends and World War II veterans find themselves caught up in two very unique marriages. As Archie Jones learns how to be a father with second wife Clara, Samad Iqbal is dealing with a late-in-life arranged marriage to a younger woman who gives him a pair of twins, in which he finds a new purpose and a renewed faith in his Islamic roots.
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Rob’s life revolves around music, spending his days in his record store but when his girlfriend Laura leaves him for another man, he tries to make the best of the situation. Moving on and dating musicians more like him, Rob will find that although it is fun to date someone who shares his passion for music, his heart is still with Laura: the woman he had always imagined a future with.
Now What?! Conversations about College, Graduation and the Next Step by Ari King
Aside from the messy love triangle, Benjamin Braddock could also use some help figuring out the direction of his life. As seen in The Graduate, graduating college and figuring out what to do with your life is never easy, but Ari King’s book is determined to help you with the transition. With interviews from recent and past graduates, Now What?! offers advice to lost souls about becoming successful and following your dreams after you’ve earned the degree.
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