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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
I adored the Oz books as a child, and I remember reading them one after the other, and being surprised at how different they were from the movie.
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The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir
Though I had to read the Second Sex in college for a feminists in history class, I still enjoyed it tremendously.
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Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Simone de Beauvoir
I read this one also in college, but I did it on my own because her works moved me and I felt that her life related to my own in a number of ways.
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The Coming of Age
Simone de Beauvoir
I read this when I was way too young to appreciate it. Now that I am getting closer to 60, I remember things that made little sense to me 30 years ago that would now make complete sense.
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Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett
I had to read this in college for theater class, and I recall performing parts of it with a friend, and thinking that we'd really plumbed the depths...really we'd only scratched the surface!
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
I enjoyed this series, and wish it had been around when I was in high school. It would have made a number of things easier to understand, knowing that they were universal
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The Road from Coorain
Jill Ker Conway
Such a sad books, but so expertly written!
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The Immense Journey
Loren Eiseley
Loren Eiseley was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received a diagnosis of tuberculosis in 1933, spent time riding the rails like a hobo, then settled down to become an anthropologist. He received his PhD in 1937 and became the chairman of the anthropology department at the University of Pennsylvania i...show more
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The Andromeda Strain
Michael Crichton
This book scared the pants off me but I could not put it down! I read several of his other works, but none kept me up at night like Andromeda Strain. I loved the movie, too, and I still long for a machine that will laser all the hair on my body to ash in a few seconds.
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The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
Will Cuppy
My parents had a copy of this book that I kept hold of for decades. It was a fan favorite at our house with my parents and myself.
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Four Quartets
T. S. Eliot
Though I love all of his poems, I am particularly fond of Pruefrock and the Jellicle cats!
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The Oresteia
Aeschylus
They've weathered the test of time because their themes are universal and tragic.
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
This is a gut shot of a play, one that lets viewers in on the dark underbelly of marriage.
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
In my opinion, there is something seriously wrong with you if you don't like Little Women. It's beautiful and brilliant and influenced generations of women writers
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Matilda
Roald Dahl
I agree that Dahl never talks down to children or any of his readers. I loved Matilda, who was a reader like myself, from the moment we met.
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Purgatorio: The Divine Comedy, Book 2
Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy is one of those series that is part of the foundation of cultural/intellectual literacy
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Inferno: The Divine Comedy, Book 1
Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy is one of those series that is part of the foundation of cultural/intellectual literacy
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Paradiso: The Divine Comedy, Book 3
Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy is one of those series that is part of the foundation of cultural/intellectual literacy..Paradise was my favorite of the three books listed.
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Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe
Though this isn't really my favorite genre, this book has a number of things going for it.
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The House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende
Another book that is a classic for a reason.Brilliantly written, it will stay with you forever
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