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The Essentials
These are books i've read in the last couple of years... and I consider them absolutely essential to read.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Speak /
Speak
Anderson, Laurie Halse
wow. that's all I have to say. Funny, but it makes you really think about the outcasts you know. What are their stories? If you've never read this one, you should.
Teen Fiction ANDERSON
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Cover Art: Behind the scenes at the museum /
Behind the scenes at the museum
Atkinson, Kate
By far and away one of the best books I have ever read!! It's important to pay attention though, because the story spans four generations, and five if you count ruby's kids, and it's easy to get mixed up. But be on the lookout for a touching twist. Atkinson weaves in clues throughout the book, one to read again and again!
Adult Fiction ATKINSON
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Cover Art: Fahrenheit 451 /
Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray, 1920-
this is a futuristic work of fiction, looking to the future to create a book about repression, suspicion, and tension. it's so wonderfully written, and the story is easily beliveable. really makes you think.
Adult Fiction BRADBUR
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Cover Art: The house on Mango Street /
The house on Mango Street
Cisneros, Sandra
Adult Fiction CISNEROS
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Cover Art: Brave new world /
Brave new world
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
This book is an interesting idea about our society taken to the etxreme. Written in the 1930's, the correlations between this book and our real life will give you the chills!
Adult Fiction HUXLEY
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Cover Art: The view from Saturday /
The view from Saturday
Konigsburg, E. L.
This is a book for younger readers, but one of my favorite books. It's on my bedside table, because it's a touching story about being the underdogs.
Children's Fiction KONIGSBUR
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Cover Art: The fifth child /
The fifth child
Lessing, Doris May, 1919-
This one is rather disturbing... one to read in broad daylight!
Adult Fiction LESSING
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Cover Art: Gathering blue /
Gathering blue
Lowry, Lois
Children's Fiction LOWRY
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Cover Art: The giver /
The giver
Lowry, Lois
Children's Fiction LOWRY
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Cover Art: Animal farm /
Animal farm
Orwell, George, 1903-1950
Adult Fiction ORWELL
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Cover Art: Romeo and Juliet /
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Adult Nonfiction Book 822.33 U3
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Cover Art: Of mice and men /
Of mice and men
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
This book is so sad, but I love it for the profound simplicity it shows.
Adult Fiction STEINBECK
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