Revisiting 5 Books That Defined a Generation Lake Point Advisory Group Mercer Advisors

Take a moment to consider the world around you. You may be experiencing unrelenting change in your life – the pandemic, economic turbulence, or our society’s increasing reliance on technology – and you may think things look or feel unfamiliar and hectic. But it’s important to remember that your voice and your unique experience as a participant in one of the most transformational generations in history are valuable. Check out these 5 ground-breaking books that defined the pioneering generation you’re a part of.

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Published in 1951, Catcher in the Rye illustrated the novel concept of adolescent angst. This book gave voice to a young generation asking crucial questions about the world their parents built for them. As a generation that has persistently been at the forefront of positive change, revisiting this foundational book is sure to inspire you.

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Published in 1961, this antiwar novel provided a pallet for your generation to comprehend the complexities and nuances of war and wartime politics, paving the way for honest dialogue about war with peace at its core.

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

Published in 1963, The Fire Next Time changed eyes and opened minds. This narrative put a figurative face to the name of a struggle that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. The willingness to listen and let your morals lead the way allowed your generation to be lifelong learners and strive to become better neighbors to those who live different lives in this country.

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Birthed from a war-torn world that was defined by authoritarianism and obstructions to the values we live by, Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, constructs a dystopia in which attacks on freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression (the values that keep a dark future at bay) were commonplace. In today’s world of impending war and authoritarian politics, this book will remind you how important your perspective still is in shaping this world for good.


Crack the Cover of these Honorable Mentions

1984 by George Orwell

Couples by John Updike

Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer

Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lapp

Sisterhood is Powerful by Robin Morgan

Whole Earth Catalogue by Stewart Brand


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