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To kill a mockingbird

by:Lee, Harper

The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

Editions:985  Date:1930 - 2018  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Legal fiction (Literature), Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans

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A wrinkle in time

by:L'Engle, Madeleine

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Editions:382  Date:1962 - 2018  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Science fiction, Science fiction, Juvenile works, Science fiction, Fantasy fiction

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Fahrenheit 451

by:Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new introduction by the author and a message that is more relevant today than when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With more than five million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 -- originally published in 1953 -- remains his most acclaimed work. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by a totalitarian "brave new world" regime. The hero, according to Mr. Bradbury, is "a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch." Today, when libraries and schools in this country and all over the world are still "burning" certain books, Fahrenheit 451 remains a brilliantly readable and suspenseful work of even greater impact and timeliness.

Editions:968  Date:1950 - 2019  Genre(s):Science fiction, Political fiction, Political fiction, Satire, Science fiction

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The Da Vinci code : a novel

by:Brown, Dan

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci--clues visible for all to see--yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion--an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret--and an explosive historical truth--will be lost forever.

Editions:590  Date:1969 - 2019  Genre(s):Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Thrillers (Fiction), Thrillers (Fiction)

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The color purple : a novel

by:Walker, Alice, 1944-

Set in the period between the world wars, this novel tells of two sisters, their trials, and their survival.

Editions:482  Date:1960 - 2019  Genre(s):Epistolary fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Epistolary fiction, Epistolary fiction

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Beloved

by:Morrison, Toni

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future.

Editions:465  Date:1985 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, History, Domestic fiction, Historical fiction

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Cross

by:Patterson, James

Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.

Editions:203  Date:2001 - 2015  Genre(s):Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction

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Catch-22, : a novel

by:Heller, Joseph

Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him.

Editions:574  Date:1900 - 2019  Genre(s):War stories, War fiction, War fiction, War stories, Humorous fiction

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The handmaid's tale

by:Atwood, Margaret (Margaret Eleanor), 1939-

The Handmaid's Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its world, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of its population. The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm fac╠žade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best"--Jacket.

Editions:456  Date:1983 - 2019  Genre(s):Dystopias, Fantasy fiction, Dystopian fiction, Fantasy fiction, Fantasy fiction

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One flew over the cuckoo's nest : a novel

by:Kesey, Ken (1935-2001)

An inmate of a mental institution tries to find the freedom and independence denied him in the outside world.

Editions:517  Date:1962 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Medical novels, Allegories, Satire

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