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Old 04-12-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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Regardless of genre, writing style, or theme, what book would you recommend over any other? (Just one)

The book that I would recommend is The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo. This book message is universal. Despite its childish and simple writing stile, it successfully portrays the message of following your dreams and trusting your self.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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Regardless of genre, writing style, or theme, what book would you recommend over any other? (Just one)

The book that I would recommend is The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo. This book message is universal. Despite its childish and simple writing stile, it successfully portrays the message of following your dreams and trusting your self.
You are SO MEAN. You KNOW we can absolutely not just name ONE book!! Geesh, that old thread of "top 5 reads" had me stressing on narrowing it down to just 5! I know I'm not alone, as many listed 5 fiction & 5 non...and I noticed lots of you (us) posting more than once! Just one title? The Poisonwood Bible.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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Oh man, just one?! Um, Battlecry by Leon Uris.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:55 PM
 
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There is one book I've given many times over the years.

PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK by Annie Dillard

I'm going to give it to my niece when she graduates from high school this Spring. I love that book.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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Good!! Keep them coming. Just remember just one!
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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To Kill A Mockingbird
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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Old Man in the Sea- Hemingway
Such a beautiful novella to introduce any reader to Hemingway.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Old Man in the Sea- Hemingway
Such a beautiful novella to introduce any reader to Hemingway.
That is a required read in high school. Most of the people I know from my school generation read it. It was really good.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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I don't think there are any books that are nationally required (in the US) to be read in high school. I don't think it matter what generation you're from.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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Yes that book started my life long affair with reading when I was 14. I went straight to Melville's Moby Dick after that. Moby was going to be my first choice but I thought the Old Man in the Sea really showed more of the essence of the writer even though not quite as "penetrating" as Moby Dick. No pun intended
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