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The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Staff Pick
Atwood's classic dystopian novel of a terrifying (and terrifyingly plausible) future America has rewarded rereading like no other book; I've probably read it 30 times by now. The world of the narrator, Offred (from "Of Fred" — women no longer have... (read more)

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Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions
by Kurt Vonnegut
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After Slaughterhouse Five came out in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut entered a long period of depression and swore he would never write another novel. Fortunately he was lying, and in 1973, out came Breakfast of Champions; or, Goodbye Blue Monday (the subtitle... (read more)

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On the Road
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
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I was never much of a traveler until I read Kerouac's classic. Soon after reading On the Road, I took my first solo road trip from St. Paul to San Diego. It wasn't long after that I was driving all around the states, and my travel itch did not go away. I... (read more)

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Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut
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Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer... (read more)

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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
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Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories ? particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme ? With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is fully of... (read more)

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Second Sex (89 Edition)
Second Sex (89 Edition)
by Simone De Beauvoir
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Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.  This long... (read more)

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The Stranger
The Stranger
by Albert Camus
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Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's extraordinary first novel, The Stranger (L'Etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a... (read more)

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Pocket Poets #04: Howl: And Other Poems
Pocket Poets #04: Howl: And Other Poems
by Allen Ginsberg
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"Do we need to say anything about Howl? This is, more than anything else, the book that launched the Beat movement. By turns wildly praised and bitterly reviled, it still packs a wallop today."... (read more)

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Still Life with Woodpecker
Still Life with Woodpecker
by Tom Robbins
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Still Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic... (read more)

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Bell Jar
Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
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The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under--maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity... (read more)

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
by Audre Lorde
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“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . .... (read more)

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Classics)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Classics)
by Ken Kesey
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A visually arresting deluxe edition of Ken Kesey's counterculture classic Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck... (read more)

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Coney Island of the Mind
Coney Island of the Mind
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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The title of this book is taken from Henry Miller's and expresses the way Lawrence Ferlinghetti felt about these poems when he wrote them during a short period in the 1950's--as if they were, taken together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of... (read more)

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
by Hunter S. Thompson
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one... (read more)

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Anarchy for the Masses: The Disinformation Guide to the Invisibles
Anarchy for the Masses: The Disinformation Guide to the Invisibles
by Patrick Neighly and Kereth Cowe-Spigai
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Grant Morrison's The Invisibles was the most ground-breaking and controversial comic book series of the last decade. A must-have for comics fans, this Guide features exhaustive, detailed analysis of the full six-year series as well as all-new, exclusive... (read more)

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Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf
by Hermann Hesse
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With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesses best-known and most autobiographical work is one of literatures most poetic evocations of the souls journey to liberation Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual... (read more)

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Cat's Eye
Cat's Eye
by Margaret Atwood
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This is my favorite out of all Margaret Atwood's books. It tells the story so convincingly of the cruelty and competition between young girls as viewed by the now older narrator Elaine. Complex and disturbing, Cat's Eye is a momentous book from one of... (read more)

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Atlas Shrugged (99 Edition)
Atlas Shrugged (99 Edition)
by Ayn Rand
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Ayn Rand's epochal novel, first published in 1957, has been a bestseller for more than four decades as well as an intellectual landmark. It is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Was he a destroyer or the... (read more)

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The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
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When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect... (read more)

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Ultimate X-Men Comics
Ultimate X-Men Comics
by Peter Sanderson
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Following exciting new developments in the X-Men universe, this revised edition of Ultimate X-Men includes the best of the two feature films and the animated television series. Watch the evolution of the X-Men superheroes from their conception in the... (read more)

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