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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Doug Adams is the science fiction version of PG Wodehouse. His hilarious books were funny and groundbreaking when they debuted, and like all classics, they remain relevant to this day.
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
This book made me sob, ugly cry and everything inbetween. I think teenagers should be forced to read it because it develops compassion.
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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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The Book of Three
Lloyd Alexander
This is only the second time in my life that I've seen Lloyd Alexander's masterwork of fantasy on a book list. I read the Book of Three and the other Chronicles when I was a teenager, and I loved them, much like I loved Rowlings Harry Potter series, and for much the same reasons.
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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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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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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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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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Skellig
David Almond
This is one of those children's books that haunted my dreams.
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Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis
Delicious satire that still stands up to today's standards.I read Lucky Jim 35 years ago, and I feel like I should re read it again soon, in light of the things going on in society today
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Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
I can't hear the title of this book without thinking of the wonderful Danny Kaye movie that so moved me as a child and later as a young adult in college. So melancholy and beautiful, I actually prefer these stories to the Brothers Grim
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
Oh how I love Maya Angelou. Amazing writer, fantastic woman and wise poet, I always felt like she was speaking directly to me in her memoirs.
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The Arabian Nights
The Arabian Nights seemed so magical to me as a child...it was about a place so far away, so far from my experience that I could hardly credit its existence.
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The Clouds
Aristophanes
I had to read these in college for one of my theater classes, where they were compared to slapstick comedy as well.
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Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
Isaac Asimov
I became a science fiction fan when I was around 7 or 8 years old, in the late 60s, and once I turned 10, I was often found gorging myself on Azimov and Sturgeon and Clarke and Heinlein at the local library. You can't claim to be a fan of SF unless you've read the entire foundation series.
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Foundation and Empire: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 2
Isaac Asimov
I loved the Foundation series, because it literally helps provide a foundation for those who love science fiction.
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Second Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 3
Isaac Asimov
I loved the Foundation series, because it literally helps provide a foundation for those who love science fiction.
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Cat's Eye
Margaret Atwood
Due to its popularity as a Netflix series, people now assume that the best thing that Atwood wrote was The Handmaid's Tale. They're wrong. I read Cats Eye long before I read Handmaid's Tale, and it rocked my world, as all of Atwoods works have.
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