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Watership Down
Richard Adams
since I first read this when I was much younger, I remember never having thought about life from another creature's perspective in the past. Of course there are so many deep levels to this wondrous book, but I will never forget my first exposure to it.
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
Twisted, smart and cruel it is stunningly well written...and even more fun to act.
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, the second of four daughters of a noted proponent of Transcendentalism, Bronson Alcott. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a friend of the family, as were Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Despite her transcendentalist pedigree, Louisa May Alcott ...show more
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Skellig
David Almond
Haunting and brilliant.
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Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
My childhood.
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Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
Isaac Asimov
As a writer, Isaac Asimov’s reputation rests solidly on his ambitious Foundation Trilogy, which was awarded a special Hugo Award in 1966 as best science fiction series of all time. And although he would bow to fan pressure and resume the franchise nearly thirty years after publishing its initial ins...show more
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Confessions
Saint Augustine
Of all the saints of the early Christian church, Saint Augustine of Hippo possesses, for the modern reader at least, the most interesting mind. His ideas on language, time, and the mysteries of personality, humanity, and divinity are still provocative—after sixteen centuries!—and his genius for expr...show more
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Part of the canon of the greats.
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Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt
The first children's book I remember my son reading that made him both sad and glad he read it at the same time. Beautifully written.
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Peter Pan and Wendy
J. M. Barrie
Agree, not just a children's story. So wonderful and wondrous!
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Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett
Even better to watch performed well.
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Madeline
Ludwig Bemelmans
My childhood in verse. I love just listening to it.
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Beowulf
Although I seriously love Beowulf- there is nothing quite like listening to this version recited by the author. It allowed me to skip the struggle with all the 14-digit Scandinavian names and really hear the story.
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt
The wicked South at its best and worst.
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All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Non-fiction written like great fiction- so good!
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The Outermost House
Henry Beston
Peaceful and engrossing.
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The Bible
Not enough can be said for actually reading the Bible.
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The Book of Common Prayer
I grew up with this- it's like a second skin.
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
This really set a tone in dystopian fiction.
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Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
My favorite of all the Bronte sisters' works.
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