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11 Authors You MUST Read Before College

By Beth Mishler Feb 5, 2013

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Chinua Achebe

Most high schools currently teach (or have taught) Achebe, and with good reason. His signature work, Things Fall Apartis set in a fictional village in 1890s Nigeria, and follows the crazy life of Okonkwo, the traditionalist village leader. The book earns its title when an unfortunate series of events leads to Okonkwo’s exile, and his village is forced to deal with the white colonialists who show up in his absence. A Man of the People is a “spiritual sequel,” according to Achebe. If your school isn’t teaching this guy, run, don’t walk, to the bookstore!

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Beth Mishler

Beth Mishler is a writer, producer, and pop culture connoisseur who has a weakness for the Whedonverse and all things sci-fi. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Beth currently lives in The Plains, Ohio, where she freelances, makes documentaries, and watches a kazillion hours of TV per week while anxiously awaiting the release of George R.R. Martin's next novel.

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