Last Christmas, my siblings and I bought my folks an audible subscription and formed a family book club. You know, 'cause buying presents for your parents who have all the things they really want and the money to buy any things they don't have but do want is hard. Anyway, first year went really well. We read a pretty broad spectrum of books, mostly non-fiction but a bit of fiction mixed in there. Everyone wants to keep it going next year and we are supposed to have our book (we each nominate the book for one month of the year, yes, there are twelve of us between my folks, my siblings, and our spouses) selected by the beginning of October (so people can place holds on books via the library, etc.).
ANYWAY... looking at all the books the rest of my family is suggesting for next year, we are going very non-fiction heavy. Which is cool. Non-fiction is fun. But I want to spice it up with some fiction. Not just fiction... but GENRE fiction. (All the fiction we read as part of the family book club in 2019 was 'literary' fiction. I want a sci fi or fantasy classic that meets the following criteria:
- It's not too pop culture infused. Lord of the Rings will just get people to watch the movies (again). Same with a Star Wars novel or something like that. I want to expand their horizons just a little bit with a classic that has not penetrated the mainstream (where most of my family firmly dwells).
- Needs to be great. I don't want to expose them to genre fiction and then have them not like it. I mean, I know I cannot guarantee they will like. (And I strongly suspect one of my sister-in-laws won't even read it 'cause... <shrug> she is very firm in her world view.) But I want to the odds to be good that most of them like it.
- Gotta be fairly tame. This is my mom, I do not want to make her read anything too... racey... and then have to have a conversation with her about it. This applies to language as well. A couple of my siblings and siblings-in-law are very much Steve Rogers ala the first Avengers movie in their attitudes to cussing.
- Bonus points if I have not read it. While I certainly re-read books, I kinda want this to be new for me as well. This is the criteria that makes things harder and the reason I need outside help. I know what I have not read, but I cannot know the content of what I haven't read.
So... suggestions? Also, I might post a few ideas I have and ask for help knowing if they fit all the posted criteria.