The Giver by Lois Lowry Life lessons handed down: Yes, knowing our history can be painful, but if avoiding it means becoming an unfeeling lemming, take the painful route – it leads to fantastic, wonderfully risky things, like informed choice and freedom.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." and also, "pass the damn ham, please."