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Books I Didn't Give Up On After 20 Pages - An Eclectic List

Samantha Jane "Sam"
The list author says: "Some Fiction and Some Non Fiction - Some New, Some Not So New"
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel
"Devestating!"
The History of Love
The History of Love
"One of my daughter's favorites."
Life
Life
"You don't have to like The Stones to enjoy this one."
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)
"Another gem by Joan Didion. Loved it years ago and plan to re-read it."
The Prince of Tides: A Novel
The Prince of Tides: A Novel
"This is my most recommended book ever."
Barney's Version (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Barney's Version (Movie Tie-in Edition)
"The movie is good. The book is better."
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel
"Great characters! Great Story!"
Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
"Is there anyone who hasn't read this? Do it!"
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
"Another novel I've recommended without reservation. Gripping narrative."
The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3)
The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3)
"Roth does the '90s in America. Another coup by one of our greatest living authors."
Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers
Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers
"Wolfe's satirical look at Leonard Bernstein et al. Wonderful."
The Navigator of New York
The Navigator of New York
"Engrossing novel about polar exploration in the early 20th century. Great characters and suspenseful story line."
Loving Frank: A Novel
Loving Frank: A Novel
"Superb book based on Frank Lloyd Wright's relationship with one of the many women in his life."
The Girls: A Novel
The Girls: A Novel
"Wonderfully written tale of co-joined twin girls. A triumph for Lori Lansens."
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--and the Journey of a Generation
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--and the Journey of a Generation
"A great biography of these talented icons."
The Glass Room
The Glass Room
"Beautifully written novel primarily set in prewar Czechoslovakia. A must read!"
Mordecai: The Life & Times
Mordecai: The Life & Times
"A fascinating and compelling biography of one of Canada's finest writers. This book deserves a wide readership even if Richler himself doesn't do it for you."
The World According to Garp (Modern Library)
The World According to Garp (Modern Library)
"An oldie but a goodie. John Irving's best work. Wonderful quirky characters and plot line. Of all his novels, this one just did it for me."