Books That Inspire 2011

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

Some books take you to whimsical places. Some books inspire.

Not this book.

So why, for me, is it a "Book that Inspires"?

Richard Yates' 1961 novel, Revolutionary Road, drops you off at the end of the street with a couple of answers and a few more questions. Yates breaks your heart, but offers you a cup of coffee while doing it.

This book inspires me in a different way. It inspires me to question the American dream. In Oklahoma, most women I know who are 25 are married (some with kids). I don’t want that. I don't want to live on revolutionary road. And that's ok.

Cassandra Ketrick
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