100. Dune by Frank Herbert - Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
99. Beloved by Toni Morrison - Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free.
98. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - Where
the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has
inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of
generations. It continues to be one of the best loved
books of all time the world over, by the one and only
97. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein - Where
the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There
you'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who
eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and
so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the
garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and
plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters
are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.
96. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann - Dolls: red
or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or
swallowed straightâfor Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it
doesnât matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy
reach. These three women become best friends when they
are young and struggling in New York City and then climb
to the top of the entertainment industryâonly to find
that there is no place left to go but downâinto the
Valley of the Dolls.
95. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival,
Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand - From
Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit,
comes Unbroken, the inspiring true story of a man who
lived through a series of catastrophes almost too
incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate
descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie
Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-
turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over
the Pacific, Louieâs plane crashed into the ocean, and
what happened to him over the next three years of his
life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages,
eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing
it at the same time.
94. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Compassionate,
dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes
readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and
experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor
93. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - Things Fall
Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on
Okonkwo, a âstrong manâ of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The
first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict
between the individual and society, traces Okonkwoâs fall
from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern
as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures
and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival
of aggressive European missionaries.
92. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion - From
one of Americaâs iconic writers, a stunning book of
electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an
intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait
of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that
will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife
91. The World According to Garp by John Irving - In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself
looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group
of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran
who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
90. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami - In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he
finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a
bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an
aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
89. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger,
the immortal animal pals of The Wind in the Willows. From summertime picnics along the river's edge to cozy parlor firesides on crisp winter nights, the
tales evoke a timeless atmosphere of friendship amid the natural world.
88. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the bookâand right into your child's
87. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - A classic
work of American literature that has not stopped changing
minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene,
The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation
on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of
86. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - The
quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also
Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a
classic example of his spare but powerful writing style.
A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the
post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of
Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes
and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant
Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild
nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings
of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.
85. The Stranger by Albert Camus - Written in 1946, Camus's compelling and troubling tale of a disaffected, apparently amoral young man has earned a durable
popularity (and remains a staple of U.S. high school literature courses) in part because it reveals so vividly the anxieties of its time. Alienation, the
fear of anonymity, spiritual doubt--all could have been given a purely modern inflection in the hands of a lesser talent than Camus, who won the Nobel Prize
in 1957 and was noted for his existentialist aesthetic.
84. The Shining by Stephen King - Jack Torranceâs new job
at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh
start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old
hotel, heâll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting
with his family and working on his writing. But as the
harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels
ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only
one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering
around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted
83. The Secret History by Donna Tartt - Under the
influence of their charismatic classics professor, a
group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New
England college discover a way of thinking and living
that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their
contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of
normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and
forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly
live and how easy it is to kill.
82. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - The Road, in a post-
apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a
world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct,
starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-
encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the
environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between
81. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe - A breath-taking epic,
a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into
the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to
80. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New
York by Robert A. Caro - The Power Broker tells the
hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of
twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes
public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for
almost half a century, the single most powerful man of
our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's
politics but of its physical structure and the problems
of urban decline that plague us today.
79. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver -
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four
daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist
who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in
1959. They carry with them everything they believe they
will need from home, but soon find that all of itâfrom
garden seeds to Scriptureâis calamitously transformed on
78. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - This
ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-
old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting
in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock,
Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a
memorable journey. He meets such characters as the
foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the
not-so-wicked "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo
the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to
the Kingdom of Wisdom.
77. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four
Meals by Michael Pollan - A national bestseller that has
changed the way readers view the ecology of eating, this
revolutionary book by award winner Michael Pollan asks
the seemingly simple question: What should we have for
dinner? Tracing from source to table each of the food
chains that sustain us -- whether industrial or organic,
alternative or processed -- he develops a portrait of the
American way of eating.
76. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other
Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks - The bestselling
collection of clinical tales from the far borderlands of
neurological and human experience.
75. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - An epic
high fantasy adventure, The Lord of the Rings is often
mistakenly called a trilogy because it is published in
three volumes. In fact, it is one long novel, divided
into six books, two of which appear in each volume.
Titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and
The Return of the King.
74. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by
Lawrence Wright - A sweeping narrative history of the
events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the
people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western
intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on
America. Lawrence Wrightâs remarkable book is based on
five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he
conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United
73. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler - Marlowe
befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars
to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a
very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and
re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the
lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.
72. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry -
Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic
beautifully reflects Saint-ExupÃ©ry's unique and gifted
style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the
preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in
bringing the English text as close as possible to the
French, in language, style, and most important, spirit.
71. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians,
Book 1) by Rick Riordan - Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson
is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help
of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey
across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen
the original weapon of mass destruction â Zeusâ master
bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological
enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come
to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle
that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.
70. The Liars' Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr - Karrâs comic
childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters
as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salingerâsâa hard-
drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at
twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated
secrets threaten to destroy them all.
69. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca
Skloot - Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists
know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer
whose cellsâtaken without her knowledge in 1951âbecame
one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for
developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and
more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the
billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her
family can't afford health insurance.
68. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - In the ruins of
a place once known as North America lies the nation of
Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying
districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the
Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender
terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl
to appear in an annual televised event called, "The
Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV.
67. The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne - Here are
Pooh and Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and of course
Christopher Robin, doing what they've done for
generations--enchanting young readers.
66. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - In the world
of the near future, who will control women's bodies?
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may
leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day
to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures
instead of words because women are no longer allowed to
read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that
the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of
declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only
valued if their ovaries are viable.
65. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great
Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgeraldâs third book, stands as the
supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel
of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of
readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby
and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish
parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times
noted âgin was the national drink and sex the national
obsession,â it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America
in the 1920s.
64. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip
Pullman - Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the
scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar
Pantalaimon always by her side. But the arrival of her
fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a
terrible struggleâa struggle born of Gobblers and stolen
children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she
hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra
never suspects the shocking truth: She alone is destined
to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
63. The Giver by Lois Lowry - Jonas's world is perfect.
Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of
pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a
role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled
out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver
alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of
life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth.
There is no turning back.
62. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Despite the
tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few
years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her
final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a
gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly
appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is
about to be completely rewritten.
61. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank - Discovered in
the attic in which she spent the last years of her life,
Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world
classicâa powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an
eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with
Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl
and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into
hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts
were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family
lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office
60. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and
Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
- Erik Larsonâauthor of #1 bestseller In the Garden of
Beastsâintertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair
and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure
his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research
with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a
narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history
and the thrills of the best fiction.
59. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen - After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives.
58. The Color of Water by James McBride - In The Color of
Water, author James McBride writes both his autobiography
and a tribute to the life of his mother, Ruth McBride.
Ruth came to America when she was a young girl in a
family of Polish Jewish immigrants. Ruth married Andrew
Dennis McBride, a black man from North Carolina. James's
childhood was spent in a chaotic household of twelve
children who had neither the time nor the outlet to
ponder questions of race and identity. Ruth did not want
to discuss the painful details of her early family life,
when her abusive father Tateh lorded over her sweet-
tempered and meek mother Mameh. Ruth had cut all ties
with her Jewish family.
57. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - The hero-
narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of
sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield.
Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult,
secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in
Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for
three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too
complex for us to make any final comment about him or his
story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden
is that he was born in the world not just strongly
attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on
56. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz -
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd
whoâfrom the New Jersey home he shares with his old world
mother and rebellious sisterâdreams of becoming the
Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love.
But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukÃºâa
curse that has haunted Oscarâs family for generations,
following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo
to the USA.
55. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - It is 1939. Nazi
Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has
never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel
Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who
scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing
when she encounters something she canât resistâbooks.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she
learns to read and shares her stolen books with her
neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish
man hidden in her basement.
54. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley - If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malxolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is now an established classic of modern America, a book that expresses like none other the crucial truth about our times.
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon - It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat - smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom.
52. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - Deeply moving study of the tyrannical and rigid requirements of New York high society in the late 19th century and the effect of those strictures on the lives of three people. Vividly characterized drama of affection thwarted by a manâs sense of honor, family, and societal pressures. A long-time favorite with readers and critics alike.
51. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin - This
brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's
mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant
presidency in the nation's history.
50. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut -
Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the
worldâs great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous
firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrimâs odyssey through
time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured
lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
49. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson - The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carsonâs passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
48. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.
47. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth - Portnoy's Complaint is the American novel that turned its author Philip Roth into a major celebrity, sparking a storm of controversy over its explicit and candid treatment of sexuality, including detailed depictions of masturbation using various props including a piece of liver. The novel tells the humorous monologue of "a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor," who confesses to his psychoanalyst in "intimate, shameful detail, and coarse, abusive language."
46. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapiâs memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shahâs regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.
45. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen - In this book, the author gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives: of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom: of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her: of primitive festivals: of big game that were her near neighbors--lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes--and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.
44. On the Road by Jack Kerouac - On the Road swings to the rhythms of fifties underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns, and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveler and mystic, the living epitome of Beat.
43. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham - The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair.
42. Moneyball by Michael Lewis - Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts.
41. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie - Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of Indiaâs independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its peopleâa brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy.
40. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - This is the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal.
39. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris - A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French.
38. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl - Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished.
37. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich - Love Medicine is Louise Erdrichâs masterful debut novel, one of the most influential, beloved, and distinguished works of contemporary fiction. It is the unforgettable saga of two families and how their destinies intertwine over the course of fifty years on and around a North Dakota reservation.
36. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.
35. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.
34. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder - The story tells the adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie.
33. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson - On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?
32. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain - A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisineânow with all-new, never-before-published material.
31. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware - An improvisatory romance which gingerly deports itself between 1890's Chicago and 1980's small town Michigan, the reader is helped along by thousands of colored illustrations and diagrams, which, when read rapidly in sequence, provide a convincing illusion of life and movement. The bulk of the work is supported by fold-out instructions, an index, paper cut-outs, and a brief apology, all of which concrete to form a rich portrait of a man stunted by a paralyzing fear of being disliked.
30. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
29. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri - Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations.
28. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote - On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy
27. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - This popular and amazing series follows the adventures about the boy who lived, Harry Potter and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermoine Granger as they attend Hogwarts, the School of Witchcraft and WIzardry.
26. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond - Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures.
25. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations is a coming of age novel set among the marshes of Kent and in London in the early to mid-
1800s. Great Expectations has a colourful cast that has entered popular culture: the capricious Miss Havisham, the cold and beautiful Estella, Joe the kind
and generous blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook to name a few. Throughout the narrative, typical Dickensian themes emerge: wealth and
poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil.
24. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - A classic children's book that will help put (almost) any child to sleep.
23. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl is a contemporary thriller novel by American writer Gillian Flynn. Crown Publishing Group published the novel in June 2012 and it soon made the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel's principal suspense comes from an uncertainty about the main character, Nick Dunne, and whether he killed his wife, Amy Dunne.
22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
21. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Guy Montag is a fireman. In his dystopic world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
20. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney - This series follows Greg Heffley and the growing pains he experiences in school life, introducing a new kind of hero in the form of a wimpy kid.
19. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown - In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brownâs many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truthâand trustâin our organizations, families, schools, and communities.
18. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese - Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their motherâs death and their fatherâs disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.
17. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - Many already know of the story of Charlie Bucket: Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life as he adventures through Willy Wonka's newly opened chocolate factory.
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemyâit is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.
14. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat - At an astonishingly young age, Edwidge Danticat has become a celebrated new novelist, a writer who evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti--and the enduring strength of Haiti's women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage.
13. Born To Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall - Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets.
12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett - Ann Pratchettâs award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language.
11. Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume - Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.
10. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt - This memoir follows the life of Frank McCourt and his parents, recent Irish immigrants that come from the slums of Limerick, Ireland, and their story of powerful story of living in Brooklyn.
9. All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - All the President's Men follows reporters Woodward and Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.
8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - It tells of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.
7. Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munro - In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever.
6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - The story follows Meg, Charles and her mother as they search for Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract (a wrinkle in time) problem.
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket - The Bad Beginning is the first novel of the children's
novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The novel tells the story of three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who are
orphaned by an arsonous fire and sent to live with their distant and conniving cousin Count Olaf and their series of unfortunate events.
4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - A Long Way Gone is the first person account of a former child soldier, giving us an insight to what it's like to be a
child of war.
3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a book that redefines both family and narrative
for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both
of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother.
2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking - A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawkingâs book explores
such profound questions as: How did the universe beginâand what made its start possible?
1. 1984 by George Orwell - 1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell published in 1949 and is a chilling prophecy about the future.