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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
I identify with the son.
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All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Most readable of Woodward's books, probably thanks to Bernstein.
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Bulfinch's Mythology
Thomas Bulfinch
Edith Hamilton's "Mythology" is more entertaining, but Bullfinch is more encyclopedic.
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In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
The king of True Crime, as long as you don't wonder too much about Capote's recall.
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The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler
Read Hammett first.
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Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad
You may want to see "Apocalypse Now" first.
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The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane
Vivid. If only Crane had lived longer
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Fifth Business: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1
Robertson Davies
Twists and turns. Lovely style.
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Ragtime
E. L. Doctorow
Anything by the Doc.
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Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
So good I can remember the hero's name.
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The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner
Confusing at times but worth the effort. Dilsey's section easiest.
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Probably the novel I admire the most.
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Tender Is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Excellent in parts.
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From Russia with Love
Ian Fleming
Fleming is much better than I expected.
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Lord of the Flies
William Golding
Not exactly Gilligan's Island.
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The Firm
John Grisham
Fun.
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The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
Still my favorite hard-boiled.
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The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris
In terms of juicy research, Harris is Michael Crichton w/o dinosaurs.
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A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
War scenes contain some of Ernie's most evocative writing.
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In Our Time
Ernest Hemingway
"Stories"
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