Literature recommendations for non-literature-readers?

The Blue Bookcase posed an interesting question to its readers this hop: What work of literature would you recommend to someone who doesn't like literature? 

I actually think that this might be one of the hardest questions ever posed over at The Blue Bookcase. Why do I find it so hard?


Firstly, because if I knew someone didn't like literature I probably wouldn't recommend anything to them. When I first started seeing my boyfriend (years ago now), he had never read a book (or no more than 2 or 3). I talked him into agreeing to read one Harry Potter novel a year. Bless him, he did read The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets for me, but I could see that it was making him miserable. He didn't enjoy a single moment of it, and I didn't want reading to be something that made him miserable. After that experience, my gut feeling would be to accept that everyone has different interests and leave it at that. 


Leaving that aside, if I did decide to recommend something, it would probably depend on the person. There are so many different kinds of people out there, it only makes sense we all have different tastes. If that person already wasn't a fan of literature, I would want it to be a fairly specific recommendation to them personally in the hopes that it might help them enjoy their reading experience. 


So where does that leave me? 
 
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden comes to mind. As does A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, an amazing Australian book. Lovesong by Alex Miller is another beautiful Australian book I would definitely consider recommending to the hypothetical literature-phobe. If I were brave, I might suggest a Margaret Atwood book, perhaps Alias Grace or The Year of the Flood.  If I were even braver I would definitely consider recommending The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck, a really beautiful book. 


I am trying to choose books with language that is both beautiful but straightforward. I wouldn't want to scare anyone off with challenging prose or poor pace and lack of plot. All of these books I feel are unique but accessible to a wide range of people, and those are the qualities I would be looking for when I made the recommendation.

What about you? If you were brave enough to recommend literature to someone who doesn't like reading, what would you think about recommending?
 

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