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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 House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende
On January 8, 1981, journalist and former television host Isabel Allende, a Chilean political exile, sat down in Venezuela to write a letter to her nearly 100-year-old grandfather in an attempt to bridge the distance between her present and her family’s past. She began with an anecdote he had told h...show more
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The World According to Garp
John Irving
"In the world according to Garp, an evening could be hilarious and the next morning could be murderous,” we read at the end of the penultimate chapter of this teeming, tumultuous book. It’s an apt summary of what has come before. The story of the novelist T. S. Garp and his mother, Jenny Fields, of ...show more
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Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This book changed my view on the world. Really recommend listening to the audio book.
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The Story of Babar
Jean de Brunhoff
Some denizens of children’s literature are so entrenched in our collective imagination, and Babar the elephant is certainly one, that they seem natural formations in the landscape of our fancy—timeless, enduring presences the world has always known. Not so, of course; even Babar was invented, making...show more
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