Time for a new Reading Challenge. This month our film inspiration is The Godfather, often considered one of the best films ever made and phrases and scenes from it permeate American pop culture. Unusually, it’s sequel, The Godfather Part II, is usually ranked even higher. While the original tended to romanticize the mob culture, Part II is unflinching in it’s dark portrayal of organized crime.
Hmmm. Kinda dark, right? There are quite a few well-written, interesting books set in this world. Hopefully there is one that grabs your interest. Here are a few titles to get you started.
The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Gangster by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins
I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business by Joseph Pistone
The Firm by John Grisham
Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: the End of the Gangster Era in Chicago by William Hazelgrove
The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano
I’m not sure what I’m going to read this month. I’m not really in the mood for dark, ruthless crime. Maybe I’ll opt for a movie this time instead!
We will have displays of books for this month at the library, so if you’re not sure what to read (or watch) stop in and browse the selection!