It started out as a simple discussion about a bookmark.
My niece in New Jersey sent me a nice metal bookmark which lists "50 books to read before you die." I don't know why we love lists, but we do. Shopping lists, to-do lists, "50 places to visit before you die...."
Anyway, since I'm an English teacher, she bought me this bookmark. I like it because it has an interesting list of books on it, from "classics" to contemporary works. Mark Twain once wrote that a "classic" is a book everybody praises but nobody actually reads. However, the classics on this list are good, readable ones. I was pleased that many of the literary works on the bookmark are ones we teach at Norwalk High School, from "Canterbury Tales" to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to "To Kill A Mockingbird."
Recently, someone at my house came across this bookmark, and she was wondering about the book listed there called "The Outsider by Albert Camus." This book was originally written in French, and the title can also be translated as "The Stranger."