Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a month-long mustache growing charity event held to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
To celebrate the end of this manly endeavor and the rebirth of fresh faces everywhere, we present a list of must-read books for men of all ages.
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
A finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, The Things They Carried follows the men of Alpha Company through Vietnam where they learn about life, loss, darkness and light. Some call it the best fiction ever written about the Vietnam War. Some people think it’s the best fiction ever written period. Find out yourself.
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
On its surface, the Call of the Wild is a story about a dog’s journey from sunny California to the frozen Arctic but it’s as much a book about man. It’s about testing your limits, learning lessons of loyalty and deceit, love and devotion.
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is about desperation, determination and getting old but never giving up. Hemingway’s last major work of fiction is the tale of an aged Cuban fisherman struggling to land a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream. The epic battle between the man and the marlin is only the beginning of this tale.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
A cautionary tale about being the best looking guy on the block. Regarded as one of Wilde’s best works, it’s packed with decadence and wit. Wilde’s only published novel is a classic work of gothic fiction that will have you looking twice at anyone with a self-portrait hanging in their home.
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
The novel of the Beat Generation, On the Road is a cross-country journey of self-knowledge, experience and discovery. This is what it meant to be “Beat”. Kerouac wrote the novel in three weeks, typing continuously on a 120-foot roll of teletype paper.
Are there any books we missed? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!