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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe - Penguin Books
Format: Paperback

"A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world." - Barack Obama Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American ReadThings Fall Apart is the first...
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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott - Signet Classics; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy manage to lead interesting lives despite Father's absence at war and the family's lack of money. Whether they're putting on a play or forming a secret society, their gaiety is infectious. Written from Louisa May Alcott's own experiences, this remarkable...
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The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood - Anchor
Format: Paperback

From the bestselling author of Alias Grace and the MaddAddam trilogy, here is the #1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author.Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes...
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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen - Penguin Books
Format: Paperback

Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. DarcyFew have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen's beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam...
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Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International)

James Baldwin - Vintage
Format: Mass Market Paperback

In one of the greatest American classics, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boys discovery of the terms of his identity - told "with vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details ... [a] feverish story" (The New York Times) .Baldwins rendering of his protagonists spiritual,...
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Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë - Knopf
Format: Hardcover

Jane Eyre, a penniless orphan, is engaged as governess at Thornfield Hall by the mysterious Mr Rochester. Her integrity and independence are tested to the limit as their love for each other grows, and the secrets of Mr Rochester's past are revealed. Charlotte Bronte's novel about...
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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros - Vintage
Format: Paperback

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes - sometimes...
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Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier - Doubleday
Format: Hardcover

A true classic of suspense in a beautiful new package for a whole new generation of readers.
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Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison - Random House Audio
Format: Audiobook

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeRalph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of modern American Negro life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal,...
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The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Anne Frank - Doubleday
Format: Book

The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a new translation, this definitive edition contains entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and confrontations with her mother that were cut from previous editions. Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring...
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A Lesson Before Dying

Ernest J. Gaines - Vintage; 1 edition
Format: Paperback

A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men arekilled the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown...
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel

Mark Haddon - ‎Doubleday; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover‏

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic....
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
Format: Paperback

A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who dont know how to live properly. Zadie SmithOne of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their...
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The Namesake: A Novel

Jhumpa Lahiri - NHLA READS-TO-GO
Format: Paperback

Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works -- and only a handful of collections -- to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors...
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The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison - Knopf
Format: Book

The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays...
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1984

George Orwell - Signet Classic
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...* Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The...
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The Bell Jar (P.S.)

Sylvia Plath - Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Format: Audiobook

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely...
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Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon - Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition
Format: Paperback

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology...
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Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - Everyman's Library
Format: Hardcover

No-one in the grip of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, with its mythic-minded hero and its highly sympathetic monster who reads Goethe and longs to be at peace with himself, can fail to notice how much more excellent the original is than all the adaptations, imitations and outright plagiarisms...
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Smith Betty - Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Format: Paperback

The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern...
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Night

Elie Wiesel - Hill and Wang
Format: Print book

A New Translation From The French By Marion WieselNight is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator,...
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Native Son

Richard Wright - Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Format: Paperback

Now an HBO Film!"If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son." - Henry Louis Gates Jr.Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail....
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