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  Cover Art: Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua
Things Fall Apart
A monument to the modern African experience as seen from within. Two intertwining stories center around Okonkwo. The first is powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of European missionaries.
181 p. 1992
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  Cover Art: The Handmaid's Tale Atwood, Margaret.
The Handmaid's Tale
Following a radical, theocratic revolution, Offred becomes a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of an enigmatic Commander. In a time of declining birthrates Offred's only value lies in her fertility. But she can remember living with her own family and working before she lost all her rights.
350 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte
Jane Eyre
Bronte's novel about the passionate love between Jane Eyre, a young girl alone in the world, and the rich, domineering Rochester has enthralled every kind of reader ever since its publication in 1847.
578 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Diaz, Junot
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, Oscar dreams of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the ancient curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.
339 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, Charles
A Tale of Two Cities
Presents Dickens' classic novel of love, courage, and sacrifice set against the cataclysmic events of the French Revolution. During the French Revolution a dissolute English lawyer, Sydney Carton, goes to the guillotine to save a French aristocrat, the husband of the woman he loves.
413 p. 1993
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  Cover Art: What is the What: the Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng Eggers, Dave.
What is the What: the Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States, gives the history of the civil war in Sudan through his eyes. Driven from his home as a boy, Valentino walks with thousands of orphans to Ethiopia, where he finds safety for a time. His travels bring him in contact with government soldiers, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation.
475 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
Millionaire Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.
180 p. 2004
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  Cover Art: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Foer, Jonathan Safran
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission: to find the lock that matches a key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
326 p. 2005
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  Cover Art: Pillars of the Earth Follett, Ken.
Pillars of the Earth
Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent cathedral with a story of betrayal, revenge, and love that begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.
973 p. 1989
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  Cover Art: A Lesson Before Dying Gaines, Ernest J.
A Lesson Before Dying
A deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach and visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.
256 p. 1993
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  Cover Art: One Hundred Years of Solitude. Garcia Marquez, Gabriel.
One Hundred Years of Solitude.
The story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo, told through the history of the Buendia family. In the noble, ridiculous, and beautiful, of the Buendia family one sees all mankind, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo one sees all of Latin America.
422 p. 1970
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  Cover Art: Catch-22 Heller, Joseph.
Catch-22
Yossarian is a bombardier made to fly increasingly dangerous missions. If he can prove he is insane, he will be sent home. The catch: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous missions, but if he makes the formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.
463 p. 2004
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  Cover Art: A Farewell to Arms Hemingway, Ernest
A Farewell to Arms
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.
332 p. 1995
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  Cover Art: Brave New World Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. It remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.
259 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Never Let Me Go Ishiguro, Kazuo
Never Let Me Go
A reunion with two childhood friends, Ruth and Tommy, draws Kath and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into the supposedly idyllic years of their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the serene English countryside, and a dramatic confrontation with the truth about their childhoods and about their lives in the present.
288 p. 2005
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  Cover Art: To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird
The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape. One of the best-loved classics of all time, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.
323 p. 1999
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  Cover Art: The Road McCarthy, Cormac
The Road
In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.
241 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Beloved Morrison, Toni.
Beloved
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this novel transforms history into a powerful, intimate story. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
316 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: A Good Man is Hard to Find and other Stories O'Connor, Flannery.
A Good Man is Hard to Find and other Stories
The collection that established O’Connor’s reputation as one of the american masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, as well as “The Displaced Person” and eight other stories.
251 p. 1955
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  Cover Art: Doctor Zhivago Pasternak, Boris
Doctor Zhivago
Pasternak brings to live the drama and immensity of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago; the revolutionary, Strelnikov; and Lara, the passionate woman they both love. First published in Italy in 1957, Doctor Zhivago was not allowed to appear in the Soviet Union until 1987, twenty-seven years after the author's death.
513 p. 2010
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