I keep informed about new books and best sellers as part of my job as a librarian, but I have a tendency to read a lot of classic literature. My favorite classic read this year is East of Eden. I devoured a number of books by Steinbeck when I was a teenager, but never got around to East of Eden. After about eight to ten years without reading any of his work, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed his writing as much as I did in high school. East of Eden is an epic masterpiece that explores the dichotomy of good and bad innate in every human being. Set mainly in the beginning of the 20th century, the story follows the lives of the Trask and Hamilton families as they try to live the American dream. Steinbeck’s characters are based on archetypes that are thousands of years old, yet his book perfectly captures the innovation, chutzpah, and greed driving the American spirit. This book, or any novel by Steinbeck, is perfect if you’re in the mood for a classic.
East of Eden