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Sunday, February 9, 2014


1984 was also named to Amazon's 100 must read books
THE ALPHABETICAL LIST—Last week Amazon released a list of 100 books that the online retailer believes should be read in a lifetime.  The list goes back 200 years and includes a wide range of authors living and dead, genres and fiction and nonfiction. It abides by its list only one book per author rule.

Which is the best book?
Amazon cops out and insists all are presented in alphabetical order because everyone on the list is important.

100-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
99—Breath, Eyes Memory by Edwidge Dantica
98—The Stranger by Albert Camus
97—The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Illustrations by Jules Feiffer
96—Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
95—Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
94—Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
93—Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
92—To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
91—Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
90—The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
89—The World According to Garp By John Irving
88—The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
87—The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
86—The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
85—The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
84—The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
83—The Shining by Stephen King
82—The Secret History by Donna Tartt
81—The Road by Cormac McCarthy
80—The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
79—The Power Broker by Robert Caro
78—The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
77—The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
76—The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
75—The Fellowship of the Ring/The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
74—The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
73—The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
72—The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
71—The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordon
70—The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr

69—The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
68—The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
67—The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
66—Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
65—The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
64—The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63—The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
62—Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Stone
61—The Giver by Lois Lowry
60—The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
59—The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
58—The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
57—The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
56—The Color of Water by James McBride
55—The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
54—The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
53—The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
52—Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
51—The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay by Michael Chabot
50—The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
49—Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
48—Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
47—Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
46—Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
45—Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
44—Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
43—On the Road by Jack Kerouac
42—Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
41—Moneyball by Michael Lewis
40—Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
39—Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
38—Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
37—Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
36—Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
35—Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
34—Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
33—Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
32—Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
31—Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
30—Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
29—Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
28—Interpreter of Maladie by Jhumpa Lahiri
27—In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
26—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
25—Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
24—Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
23—Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
22—Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson
21—Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
20—Dune by Frank Herbert
19—Diary of a Wimpy Kid—by Jeff Kinney
18—Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
17—Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
16—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
15—Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
14—Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
13—Beloved by Toni Morrison
12—Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
11—Are You There God?  It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
10—Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
9—All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
8—Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
7—Selected Stories by Alice Munro
6—A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
5—A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 by Lemony Snicket
4—A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
3—A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
2—A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
1—1984 by George Orwell

Source: The list was compiled by a team led by Sara Nelson, who is Amazon’s editorial director of print and Kindle books.

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