- “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith
June is Pride Month, and to commemorate it, we will read Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt,” later made into the movie “Carol.” Highsmith, best known for the Ripley novels, used aspects of her own life in her story of a shopgirl who falls in love with a glamorous socialite. Keep in mind that after the movie came out, the book was republished under “Carol,” so you find it under that title.
- “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo
With the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, I thought it would be a good time to explore Victor Hugo’s classic. Ostensibly about the titular hunchback and the woman he loves, this is just as much a celebration of the cathedral’s Gothic architecture, which Hugo wrote to persuade certain factions not to tear down the cathedral.