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Life Among the Savages
Shirley Jackson
As I was reading this book I felt a bit "meh". It was good, but was it worth this list? After I finished I agreed it was, definitely. The book is understated. It is funny, but subtle - the kind of funny that makes you guffaw under your breath instead of cackle out loud. But that is its genius. Jack...show more
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The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
This is obviously no literary masterpiece, but it is a good introduction to the "dad book". It is a primary example of the contemporary genre that combine rich and accurate historical references to a modern day thiller/mystery.
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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is the story of a marriage’s unraveling and the suspicion that falls on the husband in the wake of his wife’s disappearance. But it is author Gillian Flynn’s knowing exploitation of the intimate pact between writer and reader, her head-turning violation of it, that tightens the story's gri...show more
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Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
As story and as media phenomenon, Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games is at the top of the pile of wildly popular dystopian teen fiction that has dominated twenty-first-century bestseller lists (in no small part by appealing to readers well beyond their teen years). In the nation of Panem, power and ...show more
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The Invisible Man
H. G. Wells
“My fantastic stories,” Wells once wrote, “do not pretend to deal with possible things. They aim indeed only at the same amount of conviction as one gets in a gripping good dream.” That’s certainly an accurate description of the target hit by The Invisible Man—although, by the end of the book, delic...show more
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