• Things Fall Apart

    Things Fall Apart

    Achebe, Chinua

    Okonkwo’s greatest fear is not the forest, not savage beasts, not black magic, not even the white men who are taking over Nigeria. More than these, he fears himself. (181 pages)

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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Baldwin, James

    Imagine being convicted of a crime you did not commit, and thrown in a cell, far from your loved ones. This is the story of what is left to hold on to, when hope is dead. (197 pages)

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  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    Camus, Albert

    Who is Meursault, why has he killed a man he hardly knows, and why doesn’t he seem to care? Is life itself absurd, or is it just us? (160 pages)

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  • The Awakening and Selected Stories

    The Awakening and Selected Stories

    Chopin, Kate

    This heartfelt story of Edna Pontellier’s doomed search of personal fulfillment was considered so shocking in 1899, it almost ruined its author. (192 pages)

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  • Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Conrad, Joseph

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Marlow knows: his journey up the Congo River in search of the exceptional Mister Kurtz inspired the film Apocalypse Now. (131 pages)

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  • Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground

    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

    He is a sick man, an unlikable man, true. But a madman? Judge for yourself, in the stark and unforgettable tale of literature’s first great anti-hero. (136 pages)

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  • Silas Marner

    Silas Marner

    Eliot, George

    His reputation ruined and his treasure stolen, an embittered weaver turns his back on a cruel world, only to find hope where least expected. (176 pages)

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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    Hemingway, Ernest

    It had been 84 days since the old man had caught anything when, far out in the deep Gulf Stream water, he is himself caught by a great and mighty fish. (93 pages)

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  • Siddhartha

    Siddhartha

    Hesse, Hermann

    The young Buddha follows paths of deep piety, intense poverty and sumptuous wealth, but Nirvana awaits in a place beyond all these illusions. (119 pages)

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  • Daisy Miller

    Daisy Miller

    James, Henry

    On holiday in Rome, Daisy just wants to have a little fun, but straight-laced Victorian society throws her to the lions. (83 pages) Also try James’s creepy “The Turn of the Screw.”

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