If chugging Irish car bombs into the wee hours isn’t your style, consider celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by diving into a great book. From Stephen King’s novel featuring a gifted inmate on death row to L.M. Montgomery’s story about a red-headed orphan, books with “green” in the title can deliver a more laid-back form of holiday entertainment. Enjoy browsing the gallery to view five fantastic tales sharing a green theme.
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne Shirley, the titular character of Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, has charmed readers since 1908. An orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to live with siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert at Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island, Anne possesses the uncanny ability to get herself into trouble. Anne of Green Gables has also inspired numerous film, TV and stage adaptations, including a popular 1985 TV miniseries starring Megan Follows.
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The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya
Spanning the end of Stalin's reign to the Soviet Union's collapse, The Big Green Tent follows three young boys from their school days in Moscow to adulthood. First released in Russian in 2010 and then translated into English in 2015, the novel explores themes of censorship, paranoia and betrayal. Ulitskaya, herself a critic of the Putin regime, weaves both a celebration of literature and a brutal assessment of Russian politics throughout the story.
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Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Mitchell's semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age novel, follows narrator Jason Taylor over the course of one year in Black Swan Green village. A 13-year-old boy with a stammer, Jason experiences "first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs and first deaths" throughout 1982 against the backdrop of the Falklands War and Margaret Thatcher's recession. Mitchell, who is famous for incorporating characters from his other works in his novels, includes familiar faces from his 1999 book Ghostwritten and his award-winning 2004 novel Cloud Atlas in this story.
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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Written by Seuss in 1960 to win a bet with his publisher (Seuss insisted that he could pen a story using no more than 50 different words), Green Eggs and Ham has since become a bestselling children's book. The rhyming tale follows Sam-I-Am as he tries to convince an unnamed character to eat, you guessed it, green eggs and ham. Netflix has ordered a 13-episode animated series based on the book, which is scheduled for a 2018 premiere.
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The Green Mile by Stephen King
Steeped in magical realism, the novel follows Paul Edgecombe as he supervises Cold Mountain Penitentiary's death row (nicknamed "The Green Mile" for its green linoleum floor) and interacts with an inmate who possesses supernatural powers. King first published the serial novel in six volumes throughout 1996, ultimately winning the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel the same year. The Green Mile became a pop cultural phenomenon when it was adapted for the silver screen in 1999, and the Tom Hanks-starrer garnered four Academy Award nominations.