These coming-of-age stories both have a feminist focus, and are set against social and political upheavals happening around the world in the 1970s.
Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson
The Westing Game by Ellen Riskin
Those familiar with Anderson’s works know that trademark elements of his movies include campy characters and situations, ensemble casts, delightfully clever plots, and a fondness for vintage style. All of these aspects in The Westing Game’s page-turning mystery, in which an eccentric millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger to inherit his fortune.
Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
Visitation Street depicts the racially charged tensions in a Brooklyn neighborhood that remains terribly affected by class struggles. This novel fits the core theme of many of Spike Lee’s best movies, including Do the Right Thing and 25th Hour.
13th by Ava DuVernay
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
13th, a powerful documentary about the intersection of racial inequality and criminal justice, is an inspiring reminder about the need to stand up for civil rights issues. The library will be hosting a screening of the film on April 19th. Monster is a NY Times bestselling novel about a teenage boy on trial for a foolish action that might alter the rest of his life. While the film tackles the broader issue, the book provides a more personalized look into these circumstances.
Flight by Robert Zemeckis
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Both of these works use troubled flights as a major plot point, setting off a series of mysterious and suspenseful events. They are important on the surface, and become even more interesting and convoluted as the works continue.