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Old 01-14-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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1- Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
2-War and Peace [in the original Russian]
3- Johnathan Livingston Seagull
4-Helter Skelter
5-For Whom The Bell Tolls
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Anna Karinina- Tolstoy
Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follet
Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
Fast Food Nation- Eric Schlosser
The Stand- Steven King
Helter Skelter- Vincent Bugliosi
The Lorax- Dr Seus
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:00 AM
 
Location: northeast US
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"Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" - by Jerry Mander

"A House for Mr. Biswas" (read by every high schooler in the islands) & "The Middle Passage" - by V.S. Naipaul

'Huck Finn" - Twain

"Great Expectations" - Charlie Dickens at his best

"Ballad of the White Horse" - G.K.Chesterton
(the classic line about the Irish "the race the gods made mad, for all their wars are merry, and all thier songs are sad")

"The Raven" & "Pit and the Pendulum" - Poe

"Call of the Wild" & "White Fang" - Jack London (great boy lit!)

Not necessarily the heaviest lit, this is a "guy" reading list.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:08 AM
 
Location: At Sea....and Midwest....
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Default Here are a few....

Catch-22
Lord Jim
The Good Soldier Svejk
Darkness at Noon
Gulag Archipelago [series]
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:13 AM
 
Location: northeast US
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YYdanay515,

Have to agree with you on "To Kill A Mockingbird", "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston , and Jimmie Baldwin. (But my spouse teaches them, so I have to hear about them over dinner most nights.)
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:04 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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"Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" - by Jerry Mander

"A House for Mr. Biswas" (read by every high schooler in the islands) & "The Middle Passage" - by V.S. Naipaul

'Huck Finn" - Twain

"Great Expectations" - Charlie Dickens at his best

"Ballad of the White Horse" - G.K.Chesterton
(the classic line about the Irish "the race the gods made mad, for all their wars are merry, and all thier songs are sad")

"The Raven" & "Pit and the Pendulum" - Poe

"Call of the Wild" & "White Fang" - Jack London (great boy lit!)

Not necessarily the heaviest lit, this is a "guy" reading list.
You know i have been meaning to read his books and Derek Walcott.
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:06 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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YYdanay515,

Have to agree with you on "To Kill A Mockingbird", "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston , and Jimmie Baldwin. (But my spouse teaches them, so I have to hear about them over dinner most nights.)
Lol, I am an English and Education major so i understand...
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: northeast US
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They're both brilliant writers. Naipaul writes stuff to enjoy reading and learn something at the same time. Wolcott is pedantic and obtuse. There used to be a little bookstore in Castries, St. Lucia, where Wolcott is from, he's at Boston University, unless he retired, the owner would talk for hours about Wolcott.

Zora Neale Hurston and James Baldwin both had amazing lives. There seems to be a revival of interest in the Harlem Renaissance in my area, especially Hurston.

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Old 01-15-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Wallace, Idaho
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Walden -- Henry David Thoreau. Most inspiring book I've ever read.
Parliament of Whores -- P.J. O'Rourke. Hands down, the funniest book I've ever read.
The Analects. Wisest book I've ever read.
Tao Te Ching. Most thought-provoking book I've ever read. It's helped me think outside the box on many occasions.
A Short History of Nearly Everything -- Bill Bryson. Just a great all-around resource of general knowledge.

I hardly ever read fiction ... I'm more into history, biography, political science, religion/philosophy, that kind of thing.
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Here are a few....

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Catch-22
Lord Jim
The Good Soldier Svejk
Darkness at Noon
Gulag Archipelago [series]
The Gulag Archipelego is on my *required reading* (when theort6ic people ask me what is a must read!). I don't consider it a "favorite", but I do feel very strongly about it, and am glad I stumbled on it!
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