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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Hilarious and unforgettable. It marries wild science fiction concepts with philosophical ideas and carries both to their logical absurdity.
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Creates a plausible and exciting world, complete with its own mythology, tucked into a corner of our world.
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
Gripping examination of a toxic marriage held together by a dream that diverged.
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Inferno: The Divine Comedy, Book 1
Dante Alighieri
Fascinating view of medieval Christian values, embodied in vivid and indelible images.
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Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
Isaac Asimov
Sweeping epic combining a grounded view of human nature with the author's characteristic hope that sufficiently rational people can save society from itself.
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Foundation and Empire: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 2
Isaac Asimov
It is unusual for an author to create a plausible world and compelling plot arc then be able to see the unexpected flaw in the central concept and exploit it to make a gripping story. Asimov was a writer who came up with big ideas but rarely created deep or memorable characters. In this book he giv...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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Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett
Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett’s first performed play, written in French and then translated by the author into English. It is one of the signal accomplishments in twentieth-century theater and one of the touchstones of modern literature. It is also, as one contemporary critic said of its two ...show more
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