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Ghandi - My Experiments with TruthSteinbeck - Grapes of Wrath
Cannery Row, The Winter of our Discontent
Grapes of Wrath is a MUST. Cannery Row is silly and short, so I love it
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Huxley - Brave New WorldHuxley - Point Counter Point
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Yusunari - Snow CountryAdams - Watership Down
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India - The English TeacherSteinbeck - Of Mice and Men
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Greene - The Power and the Glory (For what it's worth: Orwell HATED Graham Greene. I had to read one of his novels, "the Heart of the Matter" and I hated it and never read this author again.
Heller - Catch-22
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Koestler - Darkness at NoonMurakami - The Underground
1Q84 (long, try his other stuff first), The Wind up Bird Chronicle is his his most famous.
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O'Neill - Long Days' Journey into NightLee - To Kill a Mockingbird
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Junichio - The Makioka SistersHerbert - Dune
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Camus - The Stranger (recommended!)
Lovecraft - At The Mountains of Madness
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Sartre - Being and NothingnessCard - Ender's Game
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Popper - The Open Society and Its Enemies
Golding - Lord of the Flies
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Beauviour - The Second SexBradbury - Farenheit 451
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Hemmingway - The Old Man and the Sea
Hemmingway - For Whom The Bell Tolls
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Orwell - 1984Orwell - Animal Farm
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Ellison - Invisible ManVonnegut - Slaughterhouse-Five
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Becket - Waiting for Godot
D. H. Lawrence - The Rainbow, Women In Love
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Nabokov - Lolita HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Wharton - The Age of Innocence, House of Mirth, Ethan Frome
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Ginsburg - Howl (easy to read)Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
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Kerouac - On The RoadBurgess - A Clockwork Orange
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Achebe - Things Fall ApartSinclair Lewis - Main Street
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Neruda - One Hundred Love SonnetsKipling - Kim
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Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Dickey - Deliverance
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Rand - Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead
Rand - We The Living, Anthem
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Borges - Labyrinths
London - The Call of the Wild , The Iron Heel
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Foucault - The Order of ThingsStephen King - The Stand
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Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Upton Sinclair - The Jungle
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VS Naipul - A Bend in the RiverStyron - Sophie's Choice
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Rushdie - Midnight's Children
Kesey - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
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Atwood - The Handmaid's TaleTolkien - The Lord of the Rings
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Morrison - BelovedGraves - I, Claudius
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Wright - Native Son
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Forster - A Passage to India
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Warren - All The King's Men
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6 of 30Yevgeny Zamyatin - We
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Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian
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Michael Chabon - The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
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Zadie Smith - White Teeth
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David Foster Wallace. Before you balk, hear me out. Read his collection of smart, funny essays "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again." Pretty straightforward reading. If you like him ... try out his short story collections "Oblivion" and "Interviews with Hideous Men." If you *still* like him, try "The Pale King" and if you STILL like him .... go ahead and attempt "Infinite Jest," one of the longest and most difficult novels ... but of all the long, difficult novels I've read, IJ was the easiest and most fun. You'll see more below.
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Thomas Pynchon .... he's not easy. Try "The Crying of Lot 49" it's famous, it's less than 150 pages. It's not exactly linear. If you enjoyed it, try V. Then try his last two books which are easy (compared to his masterpiece) "Bleeding Edge" and "Inherent Vice" and if you STILL like him ... try "Gravity's Rainbow," an 800 page epic that is super duper difficult to read, harder than IJ. *shrugs* "Gravity's Rainbow" is considered among "the great american novels" so .... *shrugs*
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Sylvia Plath! Ariel and Colossus (poetry) and novel "The Bell Jar." Her poetry and prose are amazing. If only she didnt commit suicide/wrote more ...
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Raymond Chandler "The Big Sleep" is the most famous, "The Long Goodbye" is my personal favorite. Hardboiled detective, 1940's LA. Fun stuff.
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Joan Didion: "Year of Magical Thinking," "The White Album," "Play It As It Lays," "Slouching Toward Bethelehem." She's amazing, famous for her nonfiction but her fiction "Play It ..." is also amazing. She has a hardboiled voice, a real straight shooter. her writings are all interesting and short. her essay collections "Slouching ..." and "White Album" are about the sixties and her take is great. "Year of Magical ..." is her most famous one, its about death and grief.
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Fight Club, Palahnuik
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In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
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This is a fun one: "The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay" by Chabon. Won the Pulitzer in 2000, it's about comic book writers in NY during WWII
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"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers. It's a popular book lately (ie, hipster)
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Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer in 2006 for "The Road" and it's short and good. Also read "No Country for Old Men" and "The Border Trilogy" and "Blood Meridian"
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I think you'd like "Waiting for the Barbarians" and "Disgrace" by Nobel Prize winning South African author Coetzee.
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Junot Diaz won the Pulitzer in 2008 for "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." it's a fun read! but ... hipster.
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I think you've read Fear and Loathing by Thompson already but .... still.
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Fun one: "Amreican Gods" by Neil Gaiman if you haven't read it already. a popular book indeed.
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Economics: Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" is long but good when you get into econ.
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H.G. Wells: War of the Worlds, Island of Dr. Moreau, the Time Machine, Invisible Man ... Im sure you read these already but they aren't on the list, soooo ....
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More econ: "The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money" by John Maynard Keynes. The Great Depression book of economics, basically. Government spending is good!
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?House of Leaves - Danielewski?
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?A Feast of Snakes - Harry Crews?
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?Tropic of Cancer?
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?Gaddis - JR? Oh boy, where to begin! If you're gonna do Gaddis, read "A Frolic of His Own" first (won the National Book Award, only 500 pages, easier (but not easy!) than JR. JR is a great great book but super hard to read and 700 pages long. Finally, "The Recognitions" is a 900 page, super duper difficult novel that Gaddis is also really famous for.
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?Devil in a Blue Dress - Mosley? Just read it! It's a cross between African American lit and detective/noire. Like "Invisible Man" (Ellison) crossed with Big Sleep (Chandler). I liked it a lot. A solid mystery novel.
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?Nightwork - Schutt?
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?Stoner - Williams?
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?Brown Girl in the Ring - Hopkinson?
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Add Shirley Jackson, I think you read "The Lottery" already, Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but yeah. She is awesome.
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"White Noise" by Don Delillo. postmodern and zany. notice a trend with the style of books I recommend? Even I'm starting to think I'm overdosing on the whole postmodern thing ....
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