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Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
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This brilliant fabulist novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale, " as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger.

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The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison
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First published in 1970, this is the first novel by Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove, the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey
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McMurphy is a life-loving fighter who rallies the other mental patients around him to challenge the dictatorship of Big Nurse in what becomes a struggle for the minds and hearts of men. Includes a bonus author interview from "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.

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The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
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Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14, when she is being abused and raped by her father....

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The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
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At last -- the unabridged recording of this timeless bestseller that has sold millions. "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation", This quotation taken from "The Alchemist" sums up the focus of the book.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
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At once an intimate memoir of childhood, a complicated exploration of race and poverty in the South, and a moving portrayal of uncompromising conscience, "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been called the greatest American novel of the 20th century.

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In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
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As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
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It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery....

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Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

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The Giver
by Lois Lowry
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December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders...

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