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Amber Lisa’s Eclectic List of Must Reads

Amber Lisa "Showing You the Way Through"
The list author says: "Hey all! My name is Amber Lisa. I run a literary boutique and spa where I encourage you to read, write and relax! Check me out at www.lylu.co. Anyway, here’s a list of some of my favorites. (for my full write up on each of these books, check out my spa, again that's www.lylu.co. (Amazon limits review space.) But, nevertheless, these are must-reads!"
The Tragedy of Pudn'head Wilson
The Tragedy of Pudn'head Wilson
"Hysterical! This book is absolutely one of the funniest books I have ever read. Why oh why do we not hear more of this great American classic?  It's about a  a white man who gets accidentally thrown into slavery.  Hmmmmm.  (Get rest of review at www.lylu.co)"
If Beale Street Could Talk
If Beale Street Could Talk
"This is one of the most powerful love stories of all time. It is so real, and true, and powerful and beautiful. (Get rest of review at www.lylu.co)"
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
"An absolute masterpiece. It is one of the deepest, more powerful, most intense and complex stories ever written. Blindingly brilliant observance of the vietnam war... (Get rest of review at www.lylu.co)"
The Great Gatsby (Collins Classics)
The Great Gatsby (Collins Classics)
"The Great Gatsby  mesmerized me so…it was reality TV before we had it. Vicariously observing rich people behaving badly and being horrified and intrigued all at once? Yes, I think that was it. For shame, Tom, Daisy and Gatsby…for shame!"
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
"That Sherman Alexie told one of one of the cleverest, tricksy and inspiring stories about a homeless Indian ever! He makes homeless seem sexy! This is one of the GREATEST AMERICAN STORIES of all time."
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
"“This family is sooooooooooooo dysfunctional. Watching these folks will make your trips back home seem like a walk in the park! You’ll say, well, at least we ain’t that screwed up…unless your family is like mine, in which case you’ll say well, at least we ain’t the only ones! (Get rest of review at www.lylu.co)"
Brave New World
Brave New World
"Though written in 1932 and described as “one of the most bewitching and insidious works of literature ever written” it so captures our world today… The Alphas don’t have to genetically engineer us because social engineering is just as effective and cheaper. (Get rest of review at www.lylu.co)"
Animal Farm: Centennial Edition
Animal Farm: Centennial Edition
"“All Animals are created equal but some animals are more equal than others.” This quote from a little Nazi-like pig, named Napoleon. Supposedly a political allegory, Animal Farm captures, I think, human nature. Some of us are greedy, power hungry little pigs who terrorize all other animals on the planet. (Get rest of review at www.lylu.co)"
Dubliners (Norton Critical Editions)
Dubliners (Norton Critical Editions)
"This is one of my favorites. Dubliners is just so BAM - truth, right there in your face. (I’m not going to tell you about it, you just have to read it!) And speaking of true BAM…"
Fear Of A Black Planet
Fear Of A Black Planet
"“Bam! And you say G**&*%mn! This is a dope jam!” Okay, this isn’t a book, but  a line from Public  Enemy’s “Night of the Living Baseheads.” You gotta admit it's a helluva an opening line!"
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
"You gotta give it up for Sue; she truly does some amazing things with these bees! Okay, okay, Hollywood isn’t completely idiotic. They did make this one into a movie…and a damn good one. I thought."
The Art of War (History and Warfare)
The Art of War (History and Warfare)
""The Art of War is of vital importance to the State." Need he say more? That Sun Tzu was very succinct."
Love
Love
"I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it many, many times more, Toni Morrison is genius."
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
"Who doesn’t love running with scissors!?! I know I do! Loved, loved loved this book! (Maybe that’s because Burrough’s wild and crazy ride through youth was so much like my own!)"
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
"This is THE GREATEST AMERICAN NOVEL EVER (okay check it, not African-American novel, not feminist novel, not one-legged, Bangladeshian, lesbian/bisexual American novel- or however else the Eurocentrics would like to marginalize it-but the GREATEST AMERICAN NOVEL EVER!! LOVED IT! Hurston is double genius!"