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35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime.

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Title: How to Win Friends and Influence People

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

For over 50 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

Now this phenomenal book has been revised and updated to help readers achieve their maximum potential in the complex and competitive 90s!

Learn:
  • The six ways to make people like you
  • The twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
  • The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
and much, much more!
Author(s): Dale Carnegie
ISBN 13: 9781439167342
Pages: 320
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Title: A Short History of Nearly Everything

One of the worlds most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the worlds most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

From the Hardcover edition.

Author(s): Bill Bryson
ISBN 13: 9780767908184
Pages: 560
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Title: Watership Down

The phenomenal world seller for over 30 years returns to its original publishing home in a beautiful new edition.
Author(s): Richard Adams
ISBN 13: 9780756966942
Pages: ooks#volumes"
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Title: The last lecture

The author, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer, explores his life, the lessons that he has learned, how he has worked to achieve his childhood dreams, and the effect of his diagnosis on him and his family.
Author(s): Randy Pausch;Jeffrey Zaslow
ISBN 13: 9781401323257
Pages: 206
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Title: Mans Search for Meaning

Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.
Author(s): Viktor E. Frankl
ISBN 13: 9781846042843
Pages: 147
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Title: The Forever War

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand, despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.
Author(s): Joe Haldeman
ISBN 13: 9780312536633
Pages: 264
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Title: Cosmos

The well-known astronomer presents an illustrated guide to the universe and to Earth's relationship to it, moving from theories of creation to humankind's discovery of the cosmos, to general relativity, to space missions, and beyond
Author(s): Carl Sagan
ISBN 13: 9780345331359
Pages: 324
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Title: Bartleby, The Scrivener : A Story of Wall-Street

Herman Melville wrote Bartleby the Scrivener as an emotional response to the fact that his masterpiece Moby-Dick was not selling as well as he had expected. The work is said to have been inspired, in part, by Melville's reading of Emerson, and some have pointed to specific parallels to Emerson's essay, The Transcendentalist. Although the story was not very popular at the time it was published, Bartleby the Scrivener has become among the most famous American short stories. It has been considered a precursor to absurdist literature, touching on many of the themes extant in the work of Franz Kafka, particularly in The Trial and A Hunger Artist. However, there exists nothing to indicate that the German-language writer was at all familiar with Melville, who was largely forgotten until after Kafka's death.
Author(s): Herman Melville
ISBN 13: 9781438288918
Pages: 70
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Title: The Complete Maus

Combined here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe.
Author(s): Art Spiegelman
ISBN 13: 9780141014081
Pages: 296
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Title: For Whom the Bell Tolls


In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

This masterpiece of time and place tells a profound and timeless story of courage and commitment, love and loss, that takes place over a fleeting 72 hours. Drawing on Hemingway's own involvement in the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls reflects his passionate feelings about the nature of war and the meaning of loyalty.

Author(s): Ernest Hemingway
ISBN 13: 9780684803357
Pages: 480
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Title: Kafka on the Shore

An unlikely alliance forms between Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, and the aging Nakata, a man who has never recovered from a wartime affliction, as they embark on a surreal odyssey through a strange, fantastical world.
Author(s): Haruki Murakami;Philip Gabriel
ISBN 13: 9781400079278
Pages: 467
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Title: The Little Prince

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
Author(s): Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
ISBN 13: 9780547978840
Pages: 96
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Title: The Road

In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN 13: 9780307387899
Pages: 287
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Title: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Tells the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town.
Author(s): Gabriel Garcia Marquez
ISBN 13: 9780061120091
Pages: 448
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Title: East of Eden

<p>In his journal, <b>John Steinbeck</b> called <b>East of Eden</b> "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families-the Trasks and the Hamiltons-whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.</p> <p>Adam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new, rich land. But the birth of his twins, Cal and Aron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is left alone to raise his boys to manhood. One boy thrives, nurtured by the love of all those around him; the other grows up in loneliness, enveloped by a mysterious darkness.</p> <p> First published in 1952, <b>East of Eden</b> is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. A masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, <b>East of Eden</b> is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis.</p> <p>This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. "A strange and original work of art."--New York Times Book Review. </p>
Author(s): John Steinbeck
ISBN 13: 9780140186390
Pages: 640
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Title: Crime and Punishment

A man must endure relentless physical and mental punishments as retribution for his act of murder Introduction by W. J. Leatherbarrow; Translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky;Richard Pevear;Larissa Volokhonsky
ISBN 13: 9780679420293
Pages: 564
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Title: The Brothers Karamazov

The violent lives of three sons are exposed when their father is murdered and each one attempts to come to terms with his guilt.
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky
ISBN 13: 9780374528379
Pages: 796
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Title: The Stranger: A New Translation by Matthew Ward

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

"Matthew Ward has done Camus and us a great service. This is now a different and better novel for its American readers."--Chicago Sun Times

Author(s): Albert Camus
ISBN 13: 9780679720201
Pages: 144
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Title: Dune

Opposing forces struggle for control of the universe when the archenemy of the cosmic emperor is banished to a barren world where savages fight for water
Author(s): Frank Herbert
ISBN 13: 9780441172719
Pages: 535
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Title: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Here is the book that transformed a generation: an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father and his young son.
Author(s): Robert M. Pirsig
ISBN 13: 9780060589462
Pages: 560
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Title: The Handmaids Tale

A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for ...
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN 13: 9780385490818
Pages: 311
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Title: Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set

Here is a deluxe gift-box edition of L.M. Montgomery's classic stories about one of the most beloved fictional heroines of all time--Anne of Green Gables.
Author(s): L. M. Montgomery
ISBN 13: 9780553609417
Pages: 497
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Title: Fahrenheit 451

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.
Author(s): Ray Bradbury
ISBN 13: 9781451673319
Pages: 159
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Title: The Giving Tree

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
Author(s): Shel Silverstein
ISBN 13: 9780060284510
Pages: 57
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Title: To Kill a Mockingbird

Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic, Puliter Prize-winning novela black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.

Author Biography:

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, where she attended local schools and the University of Alabama. She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, three honarary degrees, and many other literart awards.

Winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Fiction.

Author(s): Harper Lee
ISBN 13: 9780446310789
Pages: 384
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Title: Animal Farm

Since its publication fifty years ago, Animal Farm has become one of the most controversial books ever written. It has been translated into seventy languages and sold millions of copies throughout the world. This edition is being published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its original U.S. publication.

It features 100 full-color and halftone illustrations by world-renowned artist Ralph Steadman. As vital and relevant as it was fifty years ago, Animal Farm is a devastating satire of the Soviet Union by the man V. S. Pritchett called "the conscience of his generation." A fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters, it illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

This anniversary edition includes Orwell's proposed but unpublished preface to the original edition and his preface to the 1947 Ukranian edition. These appendices evoke the historical context in which Orwell conceived and wrote his classic novel.

Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN 13: 9780451526342
Pages: 176
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Title: All Quiet on the Western Front

The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war
Author(s): Erich Maria Remarque
ISBN 13: 9780449213940
Pages: 295
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Title: The Count of Monte Cristo

Translated with an Introduction by Robin Buss
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas pere
ISBN 13: 9780140449266
Pages: 1276
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Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Captures the strange world of twenty-first-century Earth, a devastated planet in which sophisticated androids, banned from the planet, fight back against their potential destroyers
Author(s): Philip K. Dick
ISBN 13: 9780345404473
Pages: 244
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Title: Catch-22

Catch-22 is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. It is totally original.

It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever even if he has to die in the attempt.)

His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly.

The others range from Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, a dedicated entrepreneur (he bombs his own airfield when the Germans make him a reasonable offer: cost plus 6%), to the dead man in Yossarian's tent; from Major Major Major, whose tragedy is that he resembles Henry Fonda, to Nately's whore's kid sister; from Lieutenant Scheisskopf (he loves a parade) to Major -- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding no one has ever dared ask him his first name; from Clevinger, who is lost in the clouds, to the soldier in white, who lies encased in bandages from head to toe and may not even be there at all; from Dori Duz, who does, to the wounded gunner Snowden, who lies dying in the tail of Yossarian's plane and at last reveals his terrifying secret.

Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane. It is a novel that lives and moves and grows with astonishing power and vitality. It is, we believe, one of the strongest creations of the mid-century.

As revealing today as when it was first published, this brilliant novel by the author of Picture This expresses the concerns of an entire generation in its black comedy. World War II flier John Yossarian decides that his only mission each time he goes up is to returnalive!

Author(s): Joseph Heller
ISBN 13: 9781451626650
Pages: 544
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Title: Slaughterhouse-Five: Or, the Children's Crusade, A Duty-Dance with Death

<i>Slaughterhous-Five</i> is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing 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 are afraid to know.
Author(s): Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN 13: 9780440180296
Pages: 224
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Title: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Chronicles the journeys, notions, and acquaintances of reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent, accompanied by never-before-published material from the late author's archives as well as commentary by famous fans.
Author(s): Douglas Adams
ISBN 13: 9780345391803
Pages: 216
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Title: Brave New World

Huxleys vision of the future in his astonishing 1931 novel Brave New World -- a world of tomorrow in which capitalist civilization has been reconstituted through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, where the people are genetically designed to be passive, consistently useful to the ruling class.
Author(s): Aldous Huxley
ISBN 13: 9780060850524
Pages: 288
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Title: Flowers for Algernon

A thirty-two-year-old mentally handicapped man takes part in an innovative scientific experiment to raise his intelligence.
Author(s): Daniel Keyes
ISBN 13: 9780151001637
Pages: 274
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Title: 1984

View our feature on George Orwells 1984.

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwells chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwells narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitionsa legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

Examines different aspects of Orwell's anti-utopian classic, with a biographical sketch of the author and critical essays on this work.

Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN 13: 9780451524935
Pages: 336
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