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Modern Classics

Looking for great literature that wasn't written before your grandparents were born? Check out these more modern classics!





Cover Image Things Fall Apart
Achebe, Chinua.


A simple story of a "strong man" whose life is dominated by fear and anger ... Uniquely ... African, at the same time it reveals [the author's] ... awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.

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Cover Image The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.


After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

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Cover Image Watership Down
Adams, Richard, 1920-


Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

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Cover Image The Handmaid's Tale
Atwood, Margaret, 1939-


A look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.

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Cover Image The House On Mango Street
Cisneros, Sandra.




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Cover Image A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Eggers, Dave.




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Cover Image A Lesson Before Dying
Gaines, Ernest J., 1933-




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Cover Image Love in the Time of Cholera
García Márquez, Gabriel, 1928-


The story of a fantastic wedding, the return of the bride to her parents in disgrace, her brothers' resolve to seek revenge on her corruptor, and the townspeoples' refusal to depart from routine.

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Cover Image Neuromancer
Gibson, William, 1948-




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Cover Image The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Haddon, Mark.




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Cover Image Into the Wild
Krakauer, Jon.




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Cover Image Interpreter of Maladies : Stories
Lahiri, Jhumpa.




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Cover Image Life of Pi : A Novel
Martel, Yann.


Sixteen-year-old Pi Patel is stranded in a lifeboat on the Pacific Ocean with only a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company, and must learn to survive both tiger and ocean.

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Cover Image All the Pretty Horses
McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-


John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance.

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Cover Image Angela's Ashes : A Memoir
McCourt, Frank.




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Cover Image Lonesome Dove : A Novel
McMurtry, Larry.


Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.

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Cover Image The Crucible : A Play in Four Acts
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005.




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Cover Image The Bluest Eye
Morrison, Toni.


The story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

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Cover Image A Separate Peace
Knowles, John, 1926-2001.


Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles's crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.

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Cover Image The Joy Luck Club
Tan, Amy.


In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.

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Cover Image Slaughterhouse-Five, Or, The Children's Crusade : A Duty-Dance with Death
Vonnegut, Kurt.


Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

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Cover Image The Color Purple : A Novel
Walker, Alice, 1944-




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Cover Image Night.
Wiesel, Elie, 1928-




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