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"1984" by George Orwell

"1984" by George Orwell
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Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can't escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

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"A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking

"A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking
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A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking's book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin — and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending — or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

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"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers

"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers
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Dave Egger's parents died from cancer within a month of each other when he was 21 and his brother, Christopher, was seven. They left the Chicago suburb where they had grown up and moved to San Francisco. This book tells the story of their life together.

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"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah

"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah
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This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.

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"Breath, Eyes, Memory" by Edwidge Danticat

"Breath, Eyes, Memory" by Edwidge Danticat
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At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti — to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.

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"Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri

"Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession.

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"Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond Ph.D.

"Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond Ph.D.
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Having done fieldwork in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work — "Guns, Germs and Steel" — is a major contribution to our understanding of the evolution of human societies.

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"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl
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Willy Wonka's Famous Chocolate Factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside ... and what Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors they've heard.

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"The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel" by Barbara Kingsolver

"The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel" by Barbara Kingsolver
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"The Poisonwood Bible" is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in post-colonial Africa.

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"The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway

"The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway
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A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions.

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"The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan

"The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan
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Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

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"Angela's Ashes: A Memoir" by Frank McCourt

"Angela's Ashes: A Memoir" by Frank McCourt
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Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. "Angela's Ashes" is the story of how Frank endured — wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father — a tale he relates with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

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"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame

"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
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The riverside adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr. Toad have become a timeless classic of children's literature. In this beautiful volume, we see that charming world through the eyes of renowned artist, Grahame Baker-Smith. Brimming with exquisite artwork, this beloved story is brought to life for a whole new generation of readers.

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"The Giver" by Lois Lowry

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
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Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world.

When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does Jonas begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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"The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe

"The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe
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Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves — in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth.

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"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
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This is the classic edition of the best-selling story written for the very young. A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food.

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"All the President's Men" by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

"All the President's Men" by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
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Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming — delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post and toppled the president.

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"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
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Max is the hero of this beloved children's classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things, and returns home for supper.

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"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller

"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
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Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy — it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

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"The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales" by Oliver Sacks

"The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales" by Oliver Sacks
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Oliver Sacks' "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks' splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human.

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"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison

"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
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The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood," and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

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"Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham

"Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham
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"Of Human Bondage" is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love, and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, Philip settles in London to train as a doctor. And that is where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a formative, tortured, and masochistic affair that very nearly ruins him.

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"Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth

"Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth
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The famous confession of Alexander Portnoy who is thrust through life by his unappeasable sexuality, yet held back at the same time by the iron grip of his unforgettable childhood.

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
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Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, "To Kill A Mockingbird" takes readers to the roots of human behavior — to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.

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"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
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A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food — and each other.

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"The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion

"The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion
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Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later – the night before New Year's Eve – the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary.

This powerful book is Didion' s attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness ... about marriage and children and memory ... about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself."

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"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
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A tour de force of wit and sparkling dialogue, "Pride and Prejudice" shows how the headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and the aristocratic Mr. Darcy must have their pride humbled and their prejudices dissolved before they can acknowledge their love for each other.

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"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
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Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

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"Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel" by Kurt Vonnegut

"Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel" by Kurt Vonnegut
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Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

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"Middlesex: A Novel" by Jeffrey Eugenides

"Middlesex: A Novel" by Jeffrey Eugenides
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So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction.

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"Selected Stories, 1968-1994" by Alice Munro

"Selected Stories, 1968-1994" by Alice Munro
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Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power. In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever.

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"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
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Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations — until he is inexplicably elevated to wealth by an anonymous benefactor. Full of unforgettable characters — including a terrifying convict named Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her beautiful but manipulative niece, Estella, "Great Expectations" is a tale of intrigue, unattainable love, and all of the happiness money can't buy.

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"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
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In Margaret Atwood's dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead's commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive.

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"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

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"Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" by Christopher McDougall

"Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" by Christopher McDougall
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Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America's best ultra-runners against the tribe.

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"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel" by Haruki Murakami

"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel" by Haruki Murakami
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In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat — and then for his wife as well — in a netherworld beneath the city's placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists. Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is an astonishingly imaginative detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets from Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria during World War II.

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"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
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Depicting the men of Alpha Company — Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of 43 — the stories in "The Things They Carried" opened our eyes to the nature of war in a way we will never forget.

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"The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton

"The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton
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In the polished works of Edith Wharton, Old New York is a society at once infinitely sophisticated and ruthlessly primitive, in which adherence to ritual and loyalty to clan surpass all other values — and transgression is always punished.

"The Age of Innocence" is Wharton's 1920 novel of love menaced by convention, played out against a gorgeously arrayed backdrop of opera houses, lavish dinner parties, country homes, and luxurious deathbeds. The young lawyer Newland Archer believes that he must make an impossible choice: domesticity with his docile and lovely fiancée, May Welland, or passion with her highly unsuitable but irresistible cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska. What Newland does not suspect — but will learn — is that the women also hold cards in this game.

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"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov

"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
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Awe and exhilaration — along with heartbreak and mordant wit — abound in "Lolita," Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. "Lolita" is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love — love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

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"Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" by Marjane Satrapi

"Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" by Marjane Satrapi
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In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages 6 to 14, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright.

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"The Shining" by Stephen King

"The Shining" by Stephen King
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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote... and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted 5-year-old.

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"Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" by Chris Ware

"Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" by Chris Ware
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This is a pleasantly decorated view of a lonely and emotionally impaired "everyman" who is provided, at age 36, the opportunity to meet his father for the first time. An improvisatory romance which gingerly deports itself between 1890's Chicago and 1980's small-town Michigan, the reader is helped along by thousands of colored illustrations and diagrams, which, when read rapidly in sequence, provide a convincing illusion of life and movement.

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"Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs — yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

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"Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl

"Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945, Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory — known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning") — holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

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"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon
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It's 1939 in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book.

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"Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein" by Shel Silverstein

"Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein" by Shel Silverstein
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From the outrageously funny to the quietly affecting — and touching on everything in between — here are poems and drawings that illuminate the remarkable world of the well-known folksinger, humorist, and creator of "The Giving Tree," "A Light in the Attic," and many other classics that continue to resonate.

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"The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" by Michael Pollan

"The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" by Michael Pollan
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What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with "The Omnivore's Dilemma", his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health, but our survival as a species. In the years since, Pollan's revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food.

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"Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann

"Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann
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Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight — for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn't matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry — only to find that there is no place left to go but down — into the Valley of the Dolls.

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"The Color of Water" by James McBride

"The Color of Water" by James McBride
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Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman, evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, "The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother."

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"The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York" by Robert A. Caro

"The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York" by Robert A. Caro
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Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders knew: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of his time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens — the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses — and brings to light a bonanza of vital information about such national figures as Alfred E. Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt (and the genesis of their blood feud), about Fiorello La Guardia, John V. Lindsay, and Nelson Rockefeller.

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"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll
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The Mad Hatter, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the grinning Cheshire-Cat, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll. In this brilliant satire of rigid Victorian society, Carroll also illuminates the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

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"The Secret History" by Donna Tartt

"The Secret History" by Donna Tartt
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Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

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"Dune" by Frank Herbert

"Dune" by Frank Herbert
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Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the "spice" melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for.

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul's family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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"The World According to Garp: A Novel" by John Irving

"The World According to Garp: A Novel" by John Irving
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A worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1978, Irving's classic is filled with stories — inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, novelist and bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her time. Beyond that, "The World According to Garp" virtually defies synopsis.

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