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Flatland
Edwin A. Abbott
Math, satire and metaphysics in one package
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Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
The balancing act of getting us in the head of the rabbits while keeping them still very rabbitish is impressive
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The Oresteia
Aeschylus
A masterpiece
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
Haunting and hilarious
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The Book of Three
Lloyd Alexander
Middlegrade Epic fantasy doesn't get better than this
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Inferno: The Divine Comedy, Book 1
Dante Alighieri
A masterpiece
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Skellig
David Almond
Such a subtle wonderous touch this author has here
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A Coffin for Dimitrios
Eric Ambler
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Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
These tales are way stranger and more fun than you'd think going into them
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Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
Isaac Asimov
somehow spawned a whole genre and yet totally unique.
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Foundation and Empire: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 2
Isaac Asimov
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Second Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 3
Isaac Asimov
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Confessions
Saint Augustine
A masterpiece
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Emma
Jane Austen
I find Emma to be one of Austin's most frustrating yet fully fleshed out characters.
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Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen
such great satire, even if you've not read a page of what they are poking fun at
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
The best introduction to Austen’s work is surely the second of the six novels she wrote before her death at only forty-one, Pride and Prejudice, in which she introduces us to Elizabeth Bennet, the wittiest and most vivacious of five sisters on the hunt—if their mother has her way, at least—for husba...show more
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Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt
Age has its despairs, yet without its dimension, our lives lose their shape: A timeless life, without growth or change, would be drearier than the day is long. That’s the profound truth that illuminates this extraordinary fable, in which a young girl named Winnie finds herself catapulted into great ...show more
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
There’s no greater tribute to the pleasures of L. Frank Baum’s book than to say that the story is so good that it isn’t overwhelmed by the images from the wonderful Judy Garland movie. The story unfolds with a declarative matter-of-factness that puts no barrier between the real and the imagined; bec...show more
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