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  Cover Art: Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his dystopian society, where television rules and literature's on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out--to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book.
190 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Stranger Camus, Albert
The Stranger
An ordinary man having carved out a simple life for himself in Algiers commits a murder and goes on trial for a pointless crime.
117 p. Adult Fiction Book CAMUS
  Cover Art: Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph
Heart of Darkness
Marlowe sails down the Congo in search of Kurtz, a company agent who has, according to rumors, become insane in the isolating jungle.
110 p. Adult Fiction Book CONRAD
  Cover Art: The Red Badge of Courage Crane, Stephen
The Red Badge of Courage
A vivid psychological account of a young man's experience fighting in the American Civil War.
255 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Douglass, Frederick
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The powerful true story of an enslaved youth coming into social and moral consciousness by disobeying his white slavemasters and secretly teaching himself to read.
254 p. Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Lord of the Flies Golding, William
Lord of the Flies
The classic tale of a group of English schoolboys left stranded on an unpopulated island, who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures.
182 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway, Ernest
The Old Man and the Sea
This is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal--a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
127 p. Adult Fiction Book HEMINGWAY
  Cover Art: The Call of the Wild or White Fang London, Jack
The Call of the Wild or White Fang
Two novellas are included in this book; both are short classics. The Call of the Wild follows Buck, a dog stolen from his home and thrust into the merciless life of the Arctic to endure hardship, cold, and the lawlessness of man and beast. White Fang is the adventure of an animal--part dog, part wolf--turned vicious by abuse, then transformed by the patience and affection of one man.
296 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Death in Venice Mann, Thomas
Death in Venice
An aging German writer, on holiday in Venice, becomes intrigued by a youth whose remote beauty embodies the classic ideal.
142 p. Adult Fiction Book MANN
  Cover Art: Animal Farm Orwell, George
Animal Farm
A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.
97 p. Adult Fiction Book ORWELL
  Cover Art: Anthem Rand, Ayn
Anthem
Rand's dystopian tale of a future Dark Age of that deprives individuals of their names, independence, and values.
253 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Of Mice and Men Steinbeck, John
Of Mice and Men
The tragic story of the friendship between two migrant workers, George and Lenny--who has a severe mental disability--and their dream of owning a farm.
103 p. Adult Fiction Book STEINBECK
  Cover Art: The Pearl Steinbeck, John
The Pearl
A poor fisherman dreams of wealth and happiness for his family when he finds a priceless pearl.
97 p. Adult Fiction Book STEINBECK
  Cover Art: Tortilla Flat Steinbeck, John
Tortilla Flat
Danny, a mule skinner during the First World War, returns to Tortilla Flat to enjoy the carefree and amoral life of the paisano.
174 p. Adult Fiction Book STEINBECK
  Cover Art: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Stevenson, Robert Louis
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll's experiments result in terrifying discoveries about the dual nature of man.
119 p. Adult Fiction Book STEVENSON
  Cover Art: Around the World in Eighty Days Verne, Jules
Around the World in Eighty Days
In 1872, Phileas Fogg wins a bet by traveling around the world in seventy-nine days, twenty-three hours, and fifty-seven minutes.
297 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Journey to the Centre of the Earth Verne, Jules
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
The intrepid Professor Lindenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth's very core.
195 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Candide Voltaire
Candide
A brilliant satire of the theory that our world is "the best of all possible worlds," the book follows the adventures of Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved, tortured by the Inquisition, and more, all without losing his resilience and will to live and pursue a happy life.
119 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The War of the Worlds Wells, H. G.
The War of the Worlds
Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, a Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts--ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path.
190 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde, Oscar
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.
266 p. Adult Fiction Book
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