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You know, I think a book is a very private matter. All of us connect with the people we read about, refer in different ways to stories and people, and enjoys all kinds of genre from criminality to romanticism, from gothics to imagination. Have a cup of coffee and savour. How else would I have learned so briskly about the racist tensions in the South of the USA and the importance of combating unfairness and prejudices?
Twenty-five reading novels before you perish.
One of our clients sent us a specific enquiry a few month ago for a 10 book shortlist that everyone in their lives needs to read. There has been no text that has affected West European civilization, but could it be just as important to read the Koran or the Torah for an illuminated world-view?
What about lesser-known works like The Rings of Saturn or Bluets or No-No Boy or The Book of Disquiet? So how could we reduce our book count to 10? Rather than giving so much thought to what should be involved, we have decided to present a book library that can transform the way you think and behave and reflect our many interests here at Powell.
And for a finite period of the year, buy two tracks from our 25 Read Before You lists and get a third for free! The discount is valid for the cheapest one. - Jeremy G. They teach us to see it as something that happens to us. The acclaimed women and women welfare campaigner and women woman claims in her profoundly intimate and insistent All About love that it is a decision we all have to make, and it is not nearly as abstracted or hard to grasp as many of us believe.
Not only does the volume examine the place of charity in our life and the way our cultures have skewed their significance, it also leads us - with clear explanations and clear models - to a better comprehension of how we can cultivation it. You should read this if you have ever asked yourself why some relations pass the test of the times while others decay.
- Renee P. No writer more captivatingly capsuled and acclaimed the Southwest of America than icoclast and anecdotist Edward Abbey. Abbey records his period as a parkranger in this autobiographic work, reflecting on landscapes, cultures, politics, travel, neglect and demoting - with a singular mixture of orneric charms and breath-taking descriptions.
Although he plays in his much-loved Southwest, Desert Solitaire catches the heart of American nature, full of contempt for those who want to ruin their wonder of nature. - Jeremy G. This is the most recommended work I have ever written - I can hardly keep a copy because I always give it away to anyone I think needs something that will make him blast his head off.
In one sense, it is the captivating, spooky and unusual tale of a happy and deliberately shaped circle of friends, as the hunchbacked little nurse tells it. At another niveau it is a history of identities and belonging: One of the most beautiful of the new millennium, Robinson's unbelievably sensitive exploration of belief, death and what makes for a significant lifestyle will be heard in every age.
- Jill O. It would be hard to speak about James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room and not to mention the fact that this slender novel, released in 1956, is mainly a romance between two men. While it seems unbelievable that something like this could be released outside the stone wall, it is Baldwin's mastermind and the way he catches the complexity of desires, loves and traumatic costs of not following his own being.
"Someone should have said to us that not many men have ever die of it. "There are two things about this emotive miracle of a book: affection and deaths. - Kate F. Flannery O'Connor's first compilation of shorts, wrote in 1955, will heckle you. Reckless, pervasive and full of subtexts, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories was courageous for its day and today is just as consistent.
Despite the worrying happenings that are unfolding, the tales are a delight to read - they are steeped in tension, sinister humour and some of the most impressive images you will find in music. - Renee P. Atwood's classical dystopic novel about a frightening (and frighteningly plausible) futures America has repaid re-reading like no other work. I've probably read it 30 more.
Offred's narrative worlds (from "Of Fred" - a woman no longer has her own name) are cool, but she is a great survivalist and chronologist, and the detail of everything from everyday living to ritualised sexuality and violent scenes to her memories of the pre-1980s (our modern realities as we saw them in the 1980s) are totallyreal.
And, despite his desperate scenes, The Handmaid's Tale is a promising story - without the opportunity of hoping, Outred and others just can't be people, and that's the power of opposition. Atwood as a whole is readable, but this volume best illustrates the kind of culturally and psychologically effect a work of art can have.
Not even sci-fi freaks will be enchanted by this hilariously and infinitely amusing reading, which will be (naturally) followed by series. A traveler could be the ultimative way of writing a loving note to the readers for those who have a romantic scandal with them. Alternating between second and third persons, the story is a intriguing examination of the relation between writer and readers - apparently unconnected stories that all refer directly to you, the readers.
When you get to its brilliant finish, you'll wish you could somehow read it again for the first tim. - Tye P. The Left Hand of Darkness is not only a masterwork of idea, invention and speech, but it also adopts traditional sexual beliefs and mills them into a subtle, dusty film.
Launched in 1969, the novel won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and became one of the cornerstones of sci-fi. This is the tale of an anthropologist sent to another world, but it is Le Guin's imaginative power that makes the Left Hand of Darkness truly transcendental.
- Mary Jo S. Why should everyone read a novel about a paedophile's obsession with a little one? The novelist Humbert Humbert Humbert, the untrustworthy storyteller, knows that he is a contemptible perv, yet the readers can't help but enjoy him while, with the comical, stereotyped eyes of a young emigrant who travels in a cheesy country and is irreversibly - and unsolvable - in remembrance of a youthful romantic scandal.
She is not a moral and not a romance. It is an outrageous look at a dissenting spirit, typed in one of the most skilful and finest English ever made. Man`s Search for Meaning is like never before. In the first half of the volume you can see the four years in which Dr. Frankl lost everything in Nazi Germany - a desperate and infernal portrayal.
The second half of the volume shows Frankl how this part of his career is informing and developing his theories of " logo therapy " - he claims that it' s all about making sense out of people. Tormenting as his experience is, Frankl's theories are full of affection; he is able to find salvation for himself and others.
It is a beautiful life-changing work. - Rhianna W. This is the kind of ledger that will capture you so fully that you can read it when working with the ledger on your keypad, in the hope no one noticed, but also not really interested when you get canned. It' a subtile sci-fi tale about adolescence, liberty and many other good things - too much more about the storyline could take something away from the magic, transformational experi ¬ence of being a read.
Instead, I will say that the sincere way Never Let Me Go with affection and frustration is a novel that anyone who ever wants to make a plan to fall in love with another individual should probably read immediately. - Lizzy A. While some of the discoveries in this Howard Zinn classical have become known since almost 35 years after its publication (also thanks to this book), it is still an amazing and enlightening read today.
- Jen C. The Phantom ToBooth is the tale of Milo, a very dull kid who comes home one of these days to find a magic tollside. As Milo travels through the toll station in his own vehicle, he finds himself in the hereafter, a land populated by lively languages in the form of beasts, sorcerers, kings, hills, oceans and towns.
The Phantom Dollbooth is also about the transformational force of language: open a textbook (or ride through a "tollbooth") and even the bleakest of days dissolve into the noise and fame of adventures. Bishop Elizabeth Bishop is very popular with her supporters, but perhaps not as well known as she should be; for one of America's most outstanding talent of the twentieth centuries, she is not read nearly as much as Eliot or Whitman or even Chummings.
This is a must for anyone interested in poesy, speech or even literary, Bishop's Poems talks in depth about what makes us people. - Jill O. Kurt Vonnegut wanted to publish a volume about the Great Depression of Dresden during the Second World Peace Conference.
In the end, what he did was write cleanly around him - he traveled in and out of space, jumped to and from space, sometimes sat on the planets of Talfamadore, a million leagues from Dresden and a million leagues from there. - Gigi L. Before Things Case Apart was released in 1958, there were few English-language fiction that portrayed Africans' lives from an Africans view.
While it has opened the way for innumerable authors since then, Chinua Achebe's insightful work continues to be a classical of contemporary Africa lit. While following Okonkwo's history, we get an insight into the subtleties of rural living and the complexity of societal structure that comes into the game. Thing' s Case Apart is an indispensable read for anyone who wants a more differentiated appreciation of other forms of living, of cultural conflicts, of what civilization really means.
- Renee P. While To Kyll a Mockingbird is a favourite of just about anyone who has read it, it is important to keep in mind that it remains submissive and provocative for the statute-que. With the exception of her dad, all the protagonists in the story are marginalised by the city' s powerscapes - a pattern that still prevails almost everywhere - where affluent wise men rule the life of everyone else, and even the members of this group who want to use their state for something respectable, like Scout's dad Atticus, cannot beat the waning tide of that clout.
Till something really changes in this pattern, this volume will continue to be compulsory for everyone in America. - Lizzy A. We all keep our favourite children's literature high, but there is a good explanation why Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most popular storybooks of all times. Most of the times, however, I think it's because we see exactly under the limitless (yet nicely limited) resourcefulness of Sendak's universe - and remind us what it means to be a kid.
- Gigi L. Haruki Murakami is known for his wonderful, intense, lyrical and - sometimes - amusing surrealist styling and is one of the most popular authors in the Occident. Regarded by many as his best work, the novel deals with topics as diverse as the natural history of awareness, sexual frustration and the lasting scars of the Second War.