32 Great Books for this Summer's Reading

A Listmania! list by Todd Carlsen
The list author says: "This list includes excellent newer releases, a few great works of nonfiction, and literature classics."
Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics)
1.  Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "An all-time classic with a little romance that is about the title itself. By the unabridged version."
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
2.  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The list author says:
  "Rave reviews for this notable book. Maybe the best book of 2010. Already a World War II classic."
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The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition
3.  The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition by Sue Monk Kidd
The list author says:
  "One of the ultimate summer reading book."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,648 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
4.  The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "A story of survival and what it really means to be a human."
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The Help
5.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The list author says:
  "A great story and loved by many readers, despite warm but not enthusiastic reviews from critics. A page-turner."
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Here Be Dragons (Welsh Princes Trilogy)
6.  Here Be Dragons (Welsh Princes Trilogy) by Sharon Kay Penman
The list author says:
  "Sharon Kay Penman is the master of interesting historical writing for the age of Tutors, give or take a couple centuries. Power, romance... it'a all here. This is the first book of a trilogy and sets the benchmark."
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FDR
7.  FDR by Jean Edward Smith
The list author says:
  "This book won the Francis Parkman Prize for excellence in historical writing. The turbulent history is engrossing. Born rich, he was stricken with polio and later helped “the forgotten man” when he led America through the Great Depression. His fireside chats build a close bond with Americans. He led USA to victory in WWII over Hitler. FDR was gregarious and charming. He was a great president."
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Escape
8.  Escape by Carolyn Jessop
The list author says:
  "The true memoir of a woman who lives and then escapes a polygamous religious group. Her story is engrossing and stunning."
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Cutting for Stone
9.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The list author says:
  "The first-rate author is both an award-winning writer of literature and a doctor. If you love a great life story, this is the book for you."
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Eragon (Inheritance)
10.  Eragon (Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini
The list author says:
  "This is one of the best books you will ever read despite being fantasy. You can also buy this is a box set with the rest of the series."
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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
11.  The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
The list author says:
  "Simply incredible! Winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2006. Just read the reviews!"
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series)
12.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "This is the first book in this highly-regarded, bestselling trilogy. Among the most notable reads today."
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The Kite Runner
13.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "A recent classic. If you actually have not read this, BUY NOW! From America, a man recounts his previous life in Afghanistan, where his best friend is a family servant, and he returns. You learn about Afghanistan and the harsh rules that society can impose. Also read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by the same author."
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Water for Elephants: A Novel
14.  Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
The list author says:
  "This best-seller was recently made into a movie."
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
15.  The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
The list author says:
  "This book won the National Book Award and is THE classic book on Hitler's dark rise to power during the depression, his crimes, and the catastrohic world war of world conquest he started. 60 million people died in World War II. This is one of the best-selling books of all-time. Must read!"
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Gilead: A Novel
16.  Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
The list author says:
  "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. An amazing lesson."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (875 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Twilight Saga Collection
17.  The Twilight Saga Collection by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "This series by Stephanie Meyer is a modern classic among young adults."
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The Things They Carried
18.  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "Amazing writing. Tim O'Brien invokes in the reader a feeling of deeply understanding the war experiences of Vietnam War soldiers. This book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize."
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Sing You Home
19.  Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
The list author says:
  "By a very popular author. A personal story that is relevant for our times."
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Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics)
20.  Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics) by Lincoln Colcord
The list author says:
  "An unforgettable account of the experiences of Scandinavian settlers on the prairie, with hardships. An underrated masterpiece. Rolvaag worked as a fisherman in Norway starting at age 14 and immigrated to America six years later. He wrote this book in a wood cabin. He later became a noted professor at St. Olaf College. Also read “The Emigrants” by Vilhelm Moberg and "My Antonio" by Willa Cather."
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
21.  The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
The list author says:
  "A great book about these famous women and famous stories in history. If you do not know this story, buy now."
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The Book Thief
22.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The list author says:
  "An award-winning masterpiece story set during WWII. Death tells this story. Written for young adults but a moving masterpiece for anyone of any age. Buy now!"
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Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
23.  Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
The list author says:
  "A delightful memoir of midwest farm life during the Great Depression years."
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Cry, the Beloved Country
24.  Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The list author says:
  "An all-time masterpiece set in South Africa. Deeply penetrating. Impacting. If you have not read this book, buy now!"
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
25.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
The list author says:
  "One the most enjoyed works of literature recently for some people."
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Good Night, Mr. Tom
26.  Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
The list author says:
  "This book will touch you like few others. The story is set during WWII in Great Britain. The book is young adult but adults will find this one of the best books ever. Buy it and share it."
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Washington: A Life
27.  Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The list author says:
  "This book won the Pulitzer Prize. As first president, “the indispensible man” set important head of state traditions. Washington could have served for life but transitioned power uneventfully. He led the USA forces during the Revolutionary War for eight years and won despite unfavorable odds. A man of steady character."
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The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
28.  The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by WM. Paul Young
The list author says:
  "This book with a subtle Christian theme has become a notable bestseller."
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Night
29.  Night by Elie Wiesel
The list author says:
  "An unforgettable memoir of the Holocaust. Wiesel won the Nobel Prize."
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The Known World
30.  The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The list author says:
  "This book won the Pulitzer Prize. Time Magazine called this book "a masterpiece." Outstanding writing. Jones is one of the greatest writers because of the superb writing in this book, although not everyone may appreciate it."
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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
31.  Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
The list author says:
  "This book won the Pulitzer Prize. It is a great history of the events leading to the Great Depression. Financiers made mistakes. The financial system was flawed, including a flawed version of the gold standard, money supply errors, World War I reparations, leveraged speculation, few financial regulations and a lack of good leadership. FDR removing USA from the gold standard and recovery ensued."
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