Great Books Foundation has K-12 level books promoting critical thinking & shared inquiry. The catalog is linked on the right side of the page. For older students and adults, the Great Books of the Western World and the “Book Groups & Colleges” collection are both worth looking at.
”One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.” ~Joseph Campbell
Learn about Joseph Campbell: http://www.jcf.org/new/index.php?categoryid=11
“Volunteers in white lab coats, surgical gloves and masks stood on the back of a pickup truck Monday along the banks of the Nile River in Cairo, rummaging through stacks of rare 200-year-old manuscripts that were little more than charcoal debris…”
“Novels may be made up, but the emotions they evoke are real. These feelings grow out of our connection to the novel’s characters and the relationships between a protagonist and others in the context of the broader society. As we follow the ups and downs of a carefully crafted story, we build connections within the social and emotional regions of the brain…” ~ Keith Oatley and Ingrid Wickelgren
”In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we’re done with it, we may find that we’re a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have been changed a little…” ~Ursula K. LeGuin