The Greatest "Vermont" Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 305 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

    A group of six classics students at a small, elite Vermont college, led by a charismatic professor, become entranced by the study of Greek culture and decide to recreate a Dionysian ritual, which ends in a tragic accident. The group, bound by their shared secret, begins to unravel as paranoia and guilt take hold. The novel explores themes of beauty and terror, the allure of the esoteric, and the destructive consequences of obsession.

    The 190th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum

    Set in the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in Vermont, the novel follows a group of students whose lives are transformed by a new English teacher with unorthodox teaching methods and a passion for poetry. The teacher inspires the students to seize the day and pursue their own dreams, challenging the rigid expectations set by the school and their parents. As the boys awaken to the power of individual expression and the beauty of following one's own path, they revive a secret club—the Dead Poets Society—where they explore literature and the idea of living life to its fullest. However, their newfound freedom comes with consequences, leading to a dramatic and poignant conclusion that underscores the cost of nonconformity in a traditional setting.

    The 2932nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

    The novel is a cautionary tale that depicts the rise of a populist politician who becomes President of the United States by exploiting economic and social fears. Once in power, he imposes authoritarian rule, tramples on civil liberties, and pushes the country toward fascism. The story serves as a grim warning about the fragility of democracy and the dangers of demagoguery, illustrating how easily a free society can be overtaken by a dictatorship when the populace is swayed by promises of easy solutions to complex problems.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

    "Ten Thousand Saints" by Eleanor Henderson is a coming-of-age story set in the 1980s in New York City's East Village. The novel follows the lives of three teenagers, Teddy, Jude, and Eliza, as they navigate their way through the punk rock scene, drug addiction, and the AIDS epidemic. When Teddy dies of a drug overdose, Jude sets out on a journey to find his biological father, a former hippie who now lives in Vermont and runs a health food store. Along the way, Jude discovers a new sense of identity and purpose as he becomes involved in the straight-edge movement and begins to understand the true meaning of family and friendship.

    The 7885th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. October Light by John Gardner

    "October Light" is a story set in Vermont, revolving around an elderly brother and sister, James and Sally, who have lived together for decades but have a strained relationship due to their differing views. When James locks Sally in her room after an argument, she finds a novel within a novel, which becomes her only escape. The book explores themes of aging, isolation, and the clash of old and new values, all the while providing a commentary on the changing American society of the 1970s.

    The 8136th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Life Among The Savages by Shirley Jackson

    "Life Among the Savages" is a humorous and candid memoir that recounts the author's experiences of raising a family in rural Vermont. Through a series of witty and sharply observed vignettes, the book explores the chaotic and often absurd realities of parenting. The narrative delves into the daily challenges and adventures faced by the family, from dealing with the quirks of a dilapidated old house to navigating the social intricacies of small-town life, all while managing the unpredictable antics of her children. The author's sharp wit and keen insights provide a refreshing perspective on the trials and joys of domestic life.

    The 8726th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. A Dresser Of Sycamore Trees by Garret Keizer

    "A Dresser of Sycamore Trees" is a reflective exploration of the author's experiences as a teacher in a rural Vermont high school. The narrative delves into the challenges and joys of teaching in a small community, emphasizing the profound impact of education on both students and educators. Through poignant anecdotes and thoughtful insights, the author discusses the broader implications of educational practices, the importance of genuine engagement with students, and the enduring influence of a dedicated teacher. The book serves as a meditation on the art of teaching and the transformative power of learning in shaping lives and communities.

    The 9623rd Greatest Book of All Time

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