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    1. Thirteen Moons: A Novel
    $13.09
    2. The Road
    $8.40
    3. The Inheritance of Loss
    $14.99
    4. Dear John
    $14.97
    5. Rise and Shine: A Novel
    $6.99
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird
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    7. The Catcher in the Rye
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    8. The Year of Magical Thinking
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    9. In Cold Blood
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    10. After This: A Novel
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    11. Things Fall Apart: A Novel
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    12. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven: A
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    13. No Country for Old Men
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    14. Restless: A Novel
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    15. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great
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    16. The House on Mango Street (Vintage
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    17. The Stranger (Vintage International)
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    19. The Prophet
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    20. Lord of the Flies

    1. Thirteen Moons: A Novel
    by Random House
    Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0375509321
    Sales Rank: 20
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry but I'm sooooo bored
    I've read all the glowing reviews here and I will say that I loved Cold Mountain.I'm only 1/2 way through Thirteen Moons and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to finish it.It is so boring that I read pages and pages and realize that I have no idea what I've just read!It might as well be a book on economic theory for all the pleasure it is giving me.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Who the hell is Claire?
    a mysterious girl named Claire.... we never found out who she is, what
    2-0 out of 5 stars Did I miss something too?
    Like an earlier reviewer, I wonder what I missed that others did not.Though the author writes beautiful prose, I think his story (or the lack of one) makes for one of the most boring and uninteresting novels I have ever read.I recommend that you not waste your valuable time reading this novel. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Action & Adventure    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - General    4. General    5. Fiction / General   


    2. The Road
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (26 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0307265439
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Best known for his Border Trilogy, hailed in the Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughts along "The Road"
    It is true that art is in the eye of the beholder. In fact, literature is a medium that is art in its highest form and you can therefore think of it as not being confined to restrictions of form, content, idea or characterization. I have always enjoyed the challenge of reading McCarthy, but I found "The Road" perhaps his least challenging read, at least as far as sentence structure goes. I can remember a particular sentence in "Blood Meridian" where he is describing the terrifying horde of marauders that was an entire paragraph and contained, oh, 250 words. That was challenging. In my view he has toned down his verbosity about five clicks in this latest work. It was, however, quite fetching in its sparsity.
    1-0 out of 5 stars He'd fail in my class.
    I don't care how "artistic" a writer may think he or she is. He or she cannot use this as an excuse for poor, ungrammatical writing.And that's what is in this book .Take the first three "sentences," for example.Two of the three are not even sentences at all, but merely sentence fragments. I think there are more sentence fragments in this book than there are sentences. There are very few commas in this book, though many are called for.The dialog is not even placed within quotation marks. It is not readable at all.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Road Of Destruction
    Take a dark journey on a postapocalyptic road, with a father and his son, in a cold, stark, barren, lifeless empty world. Where sudden terror could strike. So real is this world that you have no doubt of its existence. You feel their plight only too well. You know where its ending, still you turn the pages. Any realist cannot but dread, are we headed down that road?
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    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Literary    5. Mccarthy, Cormac - Prose & Criticism    6. Fiction / General   


    3. The Inheritance of Loss
    by Grove Press
    Paperback (28 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0802142818
    Sales Rank: 45
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Problem.
    To Each His Own, But To Deface History in This Way.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
    After reading Inheritance of Loss, I immediately turn to read Salman Rusdie as a way of reminding myself what great Indain writing is.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Ambitious but Satisfying
    Cho Oyu, a crumbling old house in the foothills of the Himalayas is home to the main characters of Kiran Desai's Booker shortlisted The Inheritance of Loss.
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    Subjects:  1. Asian American Novel And Short Story    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - General    4. Literary    5. Popular American Fiction    6. Fiction / Literary   


    4. Dear John
    by Warner Books
    Hardcover (30 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0446528056
    Sales Rank: 66
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    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Long distance relationships    5. Soldiers    6. Fiction / General   


    5. Rise and Shine: A Novel
    by Random House
    Hardcover (29 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0375502246
    Sales Rank: 129
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars This is a story about nothing.
    Every year or so,a news anchor or politician inadvertantly swears while their microphone is on, unbeknownst to them.It's in the papers in the gossip section for a few days, and it's laughed about on TV, but how can that little gaffe produce enough material to write a book about?This book gives the answer: It can't.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Rise and Shine
    It seems pathetic to me that once a mediocre author has a hit, they become a commercial sucess and churn out books just to satisfy their publisher.In short, this book started out with a fair amount of interest and deteriorated into a heap of unravaled garbage.At the 1/2 way point, it was so boring and stupid, I quit.
    1-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish this boring, poorly written and researched book
    I'm baffled by the praise for this book.I was bored from the very beginning, read about 1/3 and am returning it to the library today.I've always enjoyed her columns but something is lacking here.For one, I kept finding errors as one reviewer mentioned.For example, there is no surf in Long Island Sound.Ikept thinking as I read this book, "Who cares?" ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Sisters    5. Women journalists    6. Women social workers    7. Fiction / General   


    6. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Warner Books
    Mass Market Paperback (11 October, 1988)
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    Isbn: 0446310786
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The classic classic... that I still don't get why it's one.
    This is another of those books that everyone tells you how wonderful and incredible it is. I read it, and... okay. It's a book. And a not-bad one at that. But is it amazing? Is it the greatest, most thought-provoking book of all times? Is it truly just overrated?
    5-0 out of 5 stars "It's a great book....."

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Can Be Interesting
    Scout Finch is a girl that wants to be just like her father, even though the rest of the world wants to see her as a young lady. She worries that when she's away, Calpurnia, her cook and friend, will not have anything to do. She is also very protective of her family, especially her father Atticus.
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    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fathers and daughters    3. Fiction    4. Girls    5. Legal    6. Literature - Classics / Criticism    7. Literature: Classics    8. Race relations    9. Trials (Rape)    10. Fiction / Classics   


    7. The Catcher in the Rye
    by Little, Brown and Company
    Mass Market Paperback (01 May, 1991)
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    Isbn: 0316769487
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing incredible
    This book rather disappointed me. It wasn't able to catch my attention, and didn't really have a point. There wasn't really a plot, and the character was a rather flat, bland young man. The writing style was interesting, certainly, but it got extremely annoying and repetitive after a while. Too many things were used again and again, which didn't help this story one bit.
    5-0 out of 5 stars American Classic
    This coming of age story should be read by everyone. However, smart young people will gain more from it than less observant (or more stupid) young people. Take the test, if you like the book, then chances are you are smart. If you didn't like the book, or you didn't read the book, then you are probably stupid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "...incredibly attractive breakdown."
    Some people really hate this book -- I can see why you think Holden is irritating, but...it's not that he's right about things, or that you're meant to think he's right. Or that you should even BELIEVE half the things he says. He's not going to come out and say,
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    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. Literature - Classics / Criticism    4. Literature: Classics    5. Fiction / Classics    6. Modern fiction   


    8. The Year of Magical Thinking
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (04 October, 2005)
    list price: $23.95 -- our price: $14.37
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    Isbn: 140004314X
    Sales Rank: 186
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
    Joan Didion is able to capture for the reader what a terrible ordeal losing any loved one is, let alone two within a very short time. She deals with the fast death of her husband and the longer, slow death of her daughter. The writing is excellent, the sadness you feel is unbelievably real. What's true is that in all of our lives, what is one way one minute can change ever so quickly the next.Ms. Didion captures this feeling to a tee.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, but it's not really intended for other people
    I'm trying to think of how to delicately recommend against reading Joan Didion's latest (for which she won a National Book Award). Some disjointed notes:
    5-0 out of 5 stars Two types of Research
    More than anything else, I think Didion's latest book shows her truest colorsas a reporter.Though ostensibly a memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking is at its center an in-depth investigative report on the effects of grief, from its onset and onward a year.Didion blends research in the "field" -- hospitals, all the venues of her own experience -- and research with doctors and through print media to give us not only a moving record of her own experiences, but also a critical study into the personal, psychological, physiological toll grief can take on a person.Like her earliest works, thisbook seems effortless, almost spoken, in very measured and easy prose, which seeps into the reader and makes you even more moved by her accounts.An excellent book, both from the stand point of memoir and reportage, and an exceedingly excellent book from the stand point of being both blended into one. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Didion, Joan    7. Didion, Joan - Prose & Criticism    8. Dunne, John Gregory - Prose & Criticism    9. Dunne, John Gregory,    10. Family relationships    11. Journalists    12. Literary    13. Novelists, American    14. Personal Memoirs    15. United States    16. Women    17. Biography & Autobiography / Literary   


    9. In Cold Blood
    by Vintage
    Paperback (01 February, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0679745580
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read.
    I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it.It was years ago now, and I was given a list of "Good Books" to read as a present: A deck of cards, each card representing a great work in American Literature that everyone should read.This was one of the books.I liked it a lot. At the time, I had no idea who Capote was (I still don't) and it wasn't until recently when movie after movie keeps coming out about this "Capote" character that I realized he was the author of this book.It's a good book, and a well-told story, but I don't see why Capote has recently been thrown up on a pedestal and worshiped by Hollywood. Regardless, this book is worth your time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing on all levels
    Intrigued, I wondered how Capote could manage to write a book about a crime that, while gruesome, at first glance doesn't appear to be the sort to sustain a book. Upon starting it I was hooked, he not only found the story but manages to tell it from many different perspectives while keeping the raw emotion intact, putting you right there throughout. At the same time he comes across as unbiased in his telling. Not only does he create a genre with this book, he defines what it is at it's best. As an aside, to watch the movie Capote after reading this book makes clear the methods he used, unprecedented access to the criminals, etc. in order to create this masterpeice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond true crime
    This is as near perfect as a book can get. Capote gets you inside each person he writes about like no one else. Remarkable. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Case studies    2. Criminology    3. Homicide    4. Kansas    5. Murder    6. Murder - General    7. Social Science    8. Sociology    9. True Crime / Espionage    10. Fiction / Literary   


    10. After This: A Novel
    by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
    list price: $24.00 -- our price: $16.32
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    Isbn: 0374168091
    Sales Rank: 335
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars First half great- then what happened?
    I loved the beginning of this book - the characters are so richly developed.The main couple is very interesting.Then about half way through, when you have barely read any detail about their children, the book turns from them being children to them being in college.I hate it to blunt, but half way through the book, I hadn't developed any interest in the children so the fact that the whole second part of the book is about them and with little more about the parents (who were the main characters) left me very disappointed.Itseemed almost like the writer lost track of what was happening in the book and started a new story line without the main characters in it.Very disappointing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Into the Wind
    In After This, her sixth novel, Alice McDermott returns to her chosen milieu of postwar New York and Long Island and the Irish Americans, who are, as always, acquainted with grief and dealing with life's losses in a way that shows them at their noblest and best.The characters in this novel are ordinary, stunningly ordinary.Her two main characters are John and Mary, the seeming everyman and woman of the postwar era.The ways these ordinary characters cope with the huge changes in American society in the postwar decades forms one stream of conflict and tension in the novel. A deeper stream is how they cope with the tragic condition of human life itself.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Ordinary People
    Alice McDermott is a good writer.She casts a wise and loving eye over her turf, the suburban New York City Irish Catholic scene during the baby boom years.In several books, especially Charming Billy, she successfully evokes the humor and pathos of her chosen people.She's particularly good on the bonds of family, the ways in which fealty to one's tribe can simultaneously prop up and chafe a soul.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Domestic fiction    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - General    5. General    6. Literary    7. Mcdermott, Alice - Prose & Criticism    8. Social life and customs    9. United States    10. Fiction / General   


    11. Things Fall Apart: A Novel
    by Anchor
    Paperback (01 September, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0385474547
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    One of Chinua Achebe's many achievements in his acclaimed first novel, Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, quick read.
    Not my favorite book of all time but definitely kept my attention and was a quick enough read that I'd recommend it to anyone. Strong characterization and interesting story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Expand your cultural horizons with this easy to read gem
    There is a profound need for Americans to read books about non-Western cultures. This is especially true for those in political leadership positions. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, is one such book.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Look at the Paradoxes of Life in Africa
    This is the first African novel I ever read, and it really impressed me, in the same way that life in Africa impressed me: it is direct and without concessions, and yet it has an eternal, mythical quality.
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    12. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven: A Novel
    by Random House
    Hardcover (04 July, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1400061261
    Sales Rank: 392
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Flagg does Southern Justice
    Can't Wait to Get to Heaven is Fannie Flagg's best work. It is southern fiction at its finest, which is quite a compliment because when it's done right, it's amazing. We're back in Elmwood Springs with characters we know and love, and Flagg's characterization is pristine. This book is funny, touching and quirky. She's managed to create a town most people would love to live in with down-home charm and a dash of trouble.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Some books are just plain fun
    Sometimes you want to read a novel that just makes you feel better. And if you are in that mood, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one than this. Here you don't expect to find terrorists blowing things up, you don't find all kinds of grief and sadness. Instead you find an interesting group of characters from a small southern town with concerns like 'will the world end before I get to collect Social Security.'
    2-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as past novels
    I love Fannie Flagg's writing - and have enjoyed her past books.Sadly - this time around - this title does not measure up to her usual fine quality. Her past novels were glib, engaging, heartfelt... This installment is flat.Great characters - but they don't go anywhere.I have loved her past works - folksy, charming, real characters that you wish you knew.In the past - I could not put down her books and could not wait for this to come out.This one - I literally put down half way through.I was disappointed. ... Read more

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    13. No Country for Old Men
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (19 July, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0375406778
    Sales Rank: 1627
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars *Blood Meridian* for Dummies...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Writing; shortchanged plot
    I am a Cormac McCarthy fan.I don't care about punctuation or grammar.His writing, as usual is superb.The story draws you in from the first page.I understand the draft he delivered to his editor was 600 pages.We are left with about half.I believe the editor mistakenly left out the last fifty pages and plugged in what should have been chopped.I'm shaking my head for what might have been an awesome novel.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too artsy for its own good
    I thought I was going to get a thriller when I first heard of this.Instead I got a pseudo-sequel to COLD MOUNTAIN set in 1980 Texas, and I have rather low opinions of COLD MOUNTAIN.It was difficult to follow the story due to McCarthy's decision to not only avoid using quotation marks to identify dialogue (a move I've always considered to be a pretentious affectation), but also commas, apostrophes, and proper spelling, such as not capitalizing "English" or using "livingroom" instead of "living room" and "mam" instead of "ma'am."I don't know if this is something McCarthy does in all his books or this was a one-time deal, but it was a major turnoff and made the experience grueling rather than enjoyable.I also didn't see the relevance of the italicized monologues of Sheriff Bell at the beginning of each chapter/section, as he tended to ramble on about life afterWorld War Two and how it wasn't uncommon to see 22-year-olds as ordained ministers or 25-year-olds as sheriffs of counties the size of Delaware.Hopefully its movie adaptation (which I legitimately pity the Coen Brothers for having to wade through) is more accessible. ... Read more

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    14. Restless: A Novel
    by Bloomsbury USA
    Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1596912367
    Sales Rank: 634
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well-written page turner, very worthwhile
    Restless is the story of a mother who has concealed her true identity from her daughter.Chapters alternate between WWII and contemporary Oxford.The characters are complex and the settings detailed and evocative.I loved this book and read it in one sitting--I wish it had been longer.I love William Boyd's novels--he has a historically detailed imagination and knows how to tell a story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of his best
    Over the last twenty years, William Boyd has, for me, been among the most consistent writers of narrative fiction.There have been books that will stand the test of time (New Confessions) and ones that already seem dated (Stars and Bars), but Restless finds him in good form.Boyd, as flexible as ever, turns his attention to the spy genre.We are presented with a double narrative, mother and daughter.The plot is hampered by a slightly overwrought literary device, the mother doling out her diaries at intervals, conveniently allowing the author to flip back and forth in time.Still, Boyd remains a wonderful writer.His characters are incisive, full blooded and captivating, even the ones we're not supposed to like.Boyd, like McEwan, manages the perfect blend of literature and thriller and Restless reads very quickly.That alone is a reason to buy it, but add in the Paris of 1939, spymasters and double dealings and Boyd is on to another winner. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Boyd, William - Prose & Criticism    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - General    4. General    5. Great Britain    6. Historical - General    7. Mothers and daughters    8. Secret service    9. Women spies    10. World War, 1939-1945    11. Fiction / General   


    15. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (01 September, 1993)
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    Isbn: 0140177396
    Sales Rank: 905
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars White and Nerdy
    I think "Of Mice and Men" was an good book.It had some good parts in the book along with some bad parts in there. I thought that the book taught a good story of people living a different life.Then also it was a sort of racial and had a lot of cursing in it.I think that older people should read this book and not young kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Of Mice and Men. Breaz*Plum, Student at Maces Lane Middle School.
    The book, "Of Mice And Men," is one of the best books I have ever read. It is about two men, Lennie and George. They ran away from thier old ranch, Weed because Lennie is mentally retarded and he grabbed a ladies dress because he likes soft things. He got accused of rape. Later, they found a ranch in Salinas, California. Many events occured at this ranch, Lennie got in a fight with curly. Curly is a little man unlike Lennie and he is jealous of big men. You will have to read the story to find out the best ending. If you like breathtaking, loving, but yet harmful books you should read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!C.L.M. Student at Mace's Lane Middle School
    The book "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, has a very good plot and good setting. The setting of the book is in Salinas,California. The two characters Lennie and George are two people who have travelled together ever since Lennie was on his own. They have gotten all of their jobs together, and they have gotten fired together. Then they finally get a job as ranch hands and they get paid fifty dollars at the end of each month. While the two are there they meet seven more people, but I will let you figure them out for yourself.
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    16. The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (03 April, 1991)
    list price: $10.95 -- our price: $8.76
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    Isbn: 0679734775
    Sales Rank: 1792
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The House on Mango Street
    The House on Mango Street is a story of Esperanza Cordero.Esperanza is sharing her life in a poetic form.She writes poems to describe her life on Mango Street.She is embarrassed to point and say, "That's my house."Her mama says, "It's for the time being," papa says, "its temporary."Esperanza shares her stories of love, friendship, and the trail of life.Esperanza's friend Sally gets into lots of trouble with boys and her papa doesn't tolerate this.Working at such a young age isn't very easy, but papa doesn't want Esperanza to go to public school, he believes you'll turn out bad.Living in the ghetto of Chicago can get difficult sometimes in ways that can just confuse you, like your friend getting married when she hasn't even reached eighth grade.Sandra Cisneros will share Esperanza's feelings and descriptions about neighbors and family great.Boys, where should we start?To Esperanza, they live in separate worlds, you can really only rely on your true friends.In the end, all these moments of feelings only equal one word, Life.
    1-0 out of 5 stars this book is so weird
    this books chapter titles were random as hell and so was the book. its so weird.there is no plot whatsoever. i hated it, don't buy it cuz it sucks major balls.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For ESL students
    I teach a beginner writing course for ESL students preparing for college, and we use this book to help students develop that all-important voice. The stories are simple but full of feeling, and resonate deeply with my mostly Latino students. Yes, there are incomplete sentences and words that don't belong in academic writing, but I find my students understand the concept of personal vs. academic writing, and can enjoy the book on its own terms. In addition, it could easily form the basis of a reading course for students once they are beyond the very early stages of learning English. ... Read more

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    17. The Stranger (Vintage International)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (13 March, 1989)
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    Isbn: 0679720200
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
    This book is rather strange. There is a very distinct writing style, and Camus paints a very vivid picture of everything that is going on.
    5-0 out of 5 stars a great read that makes you think.
    this is the first piece of writing i have read from albert camus and i found it very interesting. the character meursault is a very indifferent character who seems to be very impartial when he hears of his mother's death and kind of continues to be static untill the the second half of the book. i do not want to give the book away as some of the others have, but i feel that no matter what one person does and no matter what ones perception is, it can never match the perception of others. one of my favorite lines in the story is when meursault is talking to the chaplain about seeking redemption through god because according th chaplain "it is not the human justice that matters but divine justice" and meursault's response was "it was the human justice that put me here". no matter what acts you commit, whether they be henous, incensitive or loving, one way or another you will be judged and upon that judgement will be your sentence. it was definitely an easy read that takes the readers on a ride into the thoughts of a man who accepts the one thing he can not change; his fate. "with this, i dont even have a chance to survive, not even a slim one".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nobody Counts--Not Even Yourself
    There are few opening lines in literature more famous than the ones that begin THE STRANGER: "Mamam died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. I got a telegram from home: `Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.' That doesn't mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday."These lines are spoken by Meursault, who is the protagonist and narrator.Albert Camus uses Meursault as a symbol of the nihilism that was then sweeping a Europe that was engulfed in a conflict that promised only a continuation of the death and destruction that began with the Blitzkrieg in 1939.In such times of chaos, there was a tendency for Europeans to grow used to the thought that the next breath could be their last.A corollary of that was that if you bought into that philosophy, you also insisted in living in the here and now. Tomorrow existed only as an intellectual curiosity. Yesterday existed only as a prelude for today. Meursault is the embodiment of a generation of conquered French who learned to accept without a blink even the previously emotionally shattering loss of one's mother.
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    18. World of Shakespeare: The Complete Plays and Sonnets of William Shakespeare (38 Volume Library)
    by Penguin
    Hardcover (May, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0143104802
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best available edition of Shakespeare's works
    This is the best available edition of Shakespeare's work.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning bargain.
    Fine, unpretentious, and workman-like volumes.No slipcovers, brief commentary limited to introductory essays.Only one of the two available Penguin editions of King Lear, but that's not much of a loss.Identical to the Penguin paperbacks, but significantly sturdier.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to enjoy the Pelican Edition in small volumes....
    As someone who reads Shakespeare compulsively (2-3 plays per month on a rotating basis clear through the 37 extant works), I have been in the market for some time for an easily-manipulated and easy-to-read edition of Complete Works that can be taken in a backpack to work or to the beach. In this 38-Volume work I have found it!
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    19. The Prophet
    by Alfred A. Knopf
    Hardcover (12 September, 1923)
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    Isbn: 0394404289
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have.Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece to Mankind...
    Inspirational and true teachings about various aspects of life are what you will find when you read this beautiful book. The book is short, 96 pages, and includes artwork by the author. The short chapters begin with various people (a ploughman, a judge, a woman, a rich man, an old priest, a mason, a hermit, etc.)asking the mystic to speak about different subjects of life, such as:On Beauty, On Good and Evil, On Marriage, On Joy and sorrow, on friendship, and many more)
    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Read
    This book helped me through some really rough times when I was in a very dark place in my mind and spirit.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Lessons taught well!
    It doesn't matter what faith you follow.The lessons taught in The Prophet reinforces most beliefs and is a must read for the spiritual. ... Read more

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    20. Lord of the Flies
    by Perigee Trade
    Mass Market Paperback (27 July, 1959)
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    Isbn: 0399501487
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my two favorite books
    This amazing tale was actually written in response to a British novel where a group of young Brits recreate an idealic English home on a deserted island with no outside help.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Should of been called Lord of the Cannibals...But I love it anyways!!!
    This one of the first novels that I actually got through. I didn't quiteunderstand at first, but after I got to the middle of it, I starting getting it. Most people I know hate this book because the boys turn into cannibals, but hey! What's one suppose to do when standed on a on island in the middle of no where with no food? I really love this book, my two favorite characters are Jack and Ralph!
    2-0 out of 5 stars Truly For High School Kids
    I somehow graduated from high school -- a boys religious high school, no less -- without being assigned Lord of the Flies. So I decided to read the mother of all high school English books.
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