What do Toni Morrison and Kurt Vonnegut have in common? Yes, they are both prolific authors with thousands of fans, but did you know that they both attended Cornell? I too did not know this until I did some extensive research into both of their lives after reading Cat’s Cradle and Beloved back to back. Cat’s Cradle is one of Vonnegut’s most famous pieces of work. It chronicle the life of John, a writer who ends up visiting a dystopian society called San Lorenzo. His journey is filled with mystery, tragedy and intrigue, but I won’t spoil it for you. Morrison’s Beloved is the tail of a group of women haunted by and evil spirit at the end of the 19th century. These women face times of trial and incredible hardship but they find unity in their sisterhood. After reading both of these books, something seemed similar to me. These stories are expansive, full of beautiful prose and carefully selected words, but most of all, they are societally influenced. They examine the problems with society through satire and searing language. I’m not sure what these two authors learned during their years at Cornell, but I am thankful for whatever it was. Check out these books if you want to laugh, cry and understand the world we live in just a little bit better. You won’t regret it.