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The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir
Beautifully written commentary on women's place in the world. Thought provoking and confronting
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The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Powerfully written
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
A bueatiful wee book about finding oneself in the world. Read and enjoyed many, many times
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Matilda
Roald Dahl
A wonderful little tale of good overcoming evil
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Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe
A timeless classic
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz
A well plotted morality tale
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David Copperfield
Charles Dickens
A wonderfully suspenseful tale
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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
A wonderful morality tale
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll
Beautiful, absolutely timeless
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Beowulf
Surviving in one manuscript dating from around AD 1000, and believed to have been composed some two or three hundred years earlier, Beowulf is a poem composed in Old English, also known as Anglo-Saxon, a language worlds apart from even Chaucer’s Middle English. Although written in England, the poem’...show more
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Bleak House
Charles Dickens
Dickens shows us the best and the worst of humankind
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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
A darkly moralistic tale
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The Book of Job
As translated by Stephen Mitchell
Job’s tale is the Bible’s profound and unsettling meditation on suffering, justice, and the inscrutability of life. It begins in prose (as it will close), introducing the legend of the pious man from the land of Uz and revealing what Job himself never knows: that the miseries visited upon him result...show more
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Little, Big
John Crowley
A totally joyful read
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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
Heartbreakingly poignant tale of loss
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Poems
Emily Dickinson
Beautiful, Emily Dickens speaks right to your soul
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Songs of Innocence and of Experience
William Blake
The remarkable thing about William Blake is that he was a visionary genius twice over—he is one of Britain’s greatest visual artists and one of the greatest poets in the English language. Blake's twofold artistry and unyielding individuality are seen to best effect in his illuminated books, the firs...show more
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The Bible
In the first chapter of the Book of Genesis—in just thirty-one short verses—the world is given form, light is summoned into being, Day and Night are named, Heaven hatched, the stars invoked, and Earth fashioned into land and sea, seeded with plants and populated with creatures. All in less than eigh...show more
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Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
In its intense drama and disregard for orthodox morality, Wuthering Heights continues to surprise and challenge us today. To attempt to chart the web of relationships of blood, marriage, social strata, economic dependence, love, envy, hatred, and revenge that bind Catherine and Heathcliff to the boo...show more
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