A Thousand Acres is a novel by Jane Smiley telling a modern version of Shakespeare's King Lear, set on a thousand-acre farm in Iowa. In his old age, Larry Cook decides to hand over control of the family farm to his three daughters, Rose, Caroline and Ginny. However, when one daughter objects, she is cut out of the inheritance and a feud ensues that brings out suppressed truths, among them, Larry's sexual abuse of two of the daughters. The novel deals with themes of family, insanity and gender roles.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel that follows the story of an expedition, whose members include Pierre Arronax and Ned Land, tracking what they believe to be a sea monster. The "monster" turns out to be an advanced submarine created by Captain Nemo, a man with a hatred for society. Once they have uncovered his secret, Captain Nemo refuses to let the expedition members leave his mysterious submarine, and together they explore many parts of the sea until Nemo's folly allows them to escape.
The Hero With a Thousand Faces is a collection of theoretical essays exploring the idea of the hero in literature, myth, and other media. The book deals with the concept of heroism, with the idea of the Hero's Journey, and with various other staples of Western media. Its driving thesis is the idea of the archetypal hero as a repeating character, many iterations of essentially identical figures in varied settings.