Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury
“This is one of the few books I know that have been read by my grandmother, my mother, me, and my daughter—a testament to the timelessness of the material. Any book that features magic sneakers, summer in a bottle, and a Happiness Machine is bound to make an impression. The whole world is in this novel: fear and acceptance, joy and sorrow, the circle of life and the passing of the seasons, and the magic of everyday things. The author shows his own heart in this work, something I try to do in mine as well.”
Recommended by Susan Wiggs, the author of the romance series The Lakeshore Chronicles (from $6, amazon.com). Her latest book is The Apple Orchard ($25, amazon.com).
To buy: $8, amazon.com.