Notice a theme in two of Ms. Kyrias’s favorite books, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell? You’re right! Both contain the word ‘gone,” which, simply defined, means “no longer present; departed.” These titles are pure marketing genius: they’re plain, yet powerful and capture the essence of each book in as few words as possible. The reader knows what’s at stake without even opening the book. To say that both books (especially Gone With the Wind) have been publishing and motion-picture blockbusters would be an understatement. Could it be that some of their success stems from their simple, seductive titles?
Ms. Kyrias has her own reasons for choosing Gone Girls as her Faculty Favorite: “I love this book because it is very suspenseful and well-written. The ending is also very surprising!”
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
And then there’s Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, an all time literary classic and Ms. Kyrias’s other pick for her Faculty Favorite. This book has over 1 million ratings on Goodreads.com and tops many Top-100-Books-to-Read-Before-You-Die lists. Most of us have seen the movie and loved it, but believe it or not, the book is even better!
“This is one of my favorite books,” says Ms. Kyrias. “I love American history, and this book chronicles the Civil War in the South. The characters are very relatable, and the story very compelling.”
Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.
Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the onset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published and in 1937. As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.