This week, read two coming-of-age novels—one dark, the other hopeful—plus get a head start preparing for both the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day.
On Your Kindle
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
If you’re in the mood for something a little darker and more substantial, look no further than Rabbit, Run, the novel that catapulted John Updike to fame. Rabbit is a 26-year-old husband and father, and a former basketball star whose brief flicker of fame has finally died out. He lives in the town where he grew up and feels that his marriage and his life are both failures. When, in an act of childish panic, Rabbit runs away from his adult life, trouble ensues: He reunites with his high school basketball coach and begins a relationship with a prostitute, all while his pregnant wife lives just a few streets away. Rabbit is an entirely unsympathetic and unlikeable character, but his story still turns the pages as the reader wonders just what he will do next and if he will, in fact, discover himself by the story’s end.
On Your Smartphone
Top 25 Romantic Movies, by Boston.com staff
With Valentine’s Day only two weeks away, the time is right for shamelessly watching those guilty-pleasure movies you love all year long. This slideshow, created by the staff of Boston.com, features the best 25 romantic movies as selected by readers. A picture, a blurb, and a pithy quote accompany this fun list of films, which range from Ever After to Bridges of Madison County and When Harry Met Sally. Some are funny, some are sad, but all ooze with the teary romance that's perfect for a date or a casual night with some girlfriends.
On a Podcast
Football Today, by ESPN Radio
The Super Bowl is almost upon us, so spend this week brushing up (and psyching up) for the big game between the Patriots and the Giants. This informative podcast hosted by Ross Tucker from sports news mogul ESPN was nominated for a People’s Choice Podcast Award in 2011. The podcast is released every day and details anything and everything you would ever want to know about football, whether it’s stats, recaps, predictions, or interviews. Tune in on and off the subway as you root for your favorite team.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
This timeless tale of prejudice, misconception, and integrity, all told through the lens of a spunky and adorable child narrator, transcends time and remains an American classic. Six-year-old Scout Finch is a strong-willed tomboy who loves her brother Jem and her father Atticus, the lawyer in her small southern town. When the court appoints Atticus to represent a black man accused of raping a white woman, Scout first encounters the racial politics and atrocities of her “tired” Southern town, which soon turns to threats and violence. Lee’s ability to depict big themes in the guileless, charming voice of this child makes her novel a significant, humorous, and moving masterpiece.
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