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Strengthening The Good: You, By Helping Build An English Library For Teenagers In Bratislava, Slovakia

This month the Strengthen The Good Network wants to help build the C. S. Lewis Bilingual High School library.

And there’s the opportunity: to help Douglas and the CS Lewis school bring English–which the students call “the language of freedom”–and a bit of genuine America–which is still widely misunderstood in the former East Block–to the teenagers of Petrzalka. Together, with just a bit of time and energy, we can build an English-language library right in the center of a former Soviet-era apartment complex.

Here’s how we can help strengthen the good: Below is a list of books the school needs for the English and American Studies programs … the items with an asterisk are those for which they need several copies (as many as twenty each to use for literature classes). Anything else they will use to build the library.

See the list in the extended entry if interested.


One way to think of it: send your favorite (or two, or three, or five) from the list above … if it had an impact on your life, it will certainly have an impact on the life of a student in Petrzalka.

If you’re interested, go check out the STG page and consider sending a book or two.

Any Anthology of American Literature
1984 by George Orwell*
The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The American by Henry James * American Dream by Norman Mailer*
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt*
Animal Farm by George Orwell*
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anthem by Ayn Rand*
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Boy by Roald Dahl*
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Canterrbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller*
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger*
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens*
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Color Purple by Alice Walker* The
The Crucible by Arthur Miller*
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
A Death in the Family James Agee
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank*
Dubliners by James Joyce*
Dune by Frank Herbert
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
Five One-Act Plays by Donn Byrne
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge*
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis*
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde*
Harvey by Mary Chase*
The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcox
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien*
Holes by Louis Sachar*
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman*
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien*
Maus (parts 1 and 2) by Art Spiegelman
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Natural by Bernard Malamud
Night by Elie Wiesel
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway*
Old Yeller by Fred Gibson
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde*
Pilgrims Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
Poetry by Emily Dickinson
Poetry by T. S. Eliot
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry*
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane*
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally*
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis*
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett *
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe*
Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
The Sound and the Fur by William Faulkner
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome*
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot*
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Any English Language Dictionary
Rand McNally Goode’s World Atlas by J. Paul Goode, John C. Hudson (Editor), Edward B., Jr. Espenshade (Editor)
DK Atlas of World History by Jeremy Black
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004 by Editors of World Almanac
Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World’s Wildlife by David Burnie
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Third Edition by Mayo Clinic
Roget International Thesaurus Indexed Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer Random House Webster’s College Dictionary by Random House
Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature by Merriam-Webster
Scientific American Science Desk Reference by Scientific American
The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology by James S. Trefil
Sister Wendy’s 1000 Masterpieces by Wendy Beckett
Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings Explored and Explained by Robert Cumming
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
Collins Cobuild English Language Dictionary
Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia by Bruce Murphy