JB's Essentials

A Listmania! list by Jebs
The list author says: "Here follows my Listmania; a collection of books that I've found inspiring, enlightening, moving, and memorable. Enjoy."
The Favorite Game
1.  The Favorite Game by Leonard Cohen
The list author says:
  "A unique coming of age story told by the famous musician and author, set in Montreal and New York City in the 1960s."
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club)
2.  One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "Magic-realism at its finest and one of the most important books about Latin America ever written."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,163 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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A Confederacy of Dunces
3.  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The list author says:
  "Ignatus O'Reilly stumbles through New Orleans on a wild adventure"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,691 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Seven Types of Ambiguity
4.  Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman
The list author says:
  "An addictive portrayal of love, sex, and loyalty told by seven characters connected to the disappearance of a young boy."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Kafka on the Shore
5.  Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The list author says:
  "A modern day adventure story with hints of Japanese mysticism. I recommend anything by Murakami."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Love in the Time of Cholera
6.  Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "Maybe Marquez's finest work"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (680 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Dangerous Parking
7.  Dangerous Parking by Stuart Browne
The list author says:
  "A sweeping, funny, painful, and lasting memoir of Stuart Browne, a young man working in the entertainment industry"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Siddhartha
8.  Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The list author says:
  "A classic story of Buddha"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (971 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room  (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
9.  The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction Series) by Paul Auster
The list author says:
  "Haunting novellas seamlessly interwoven by one of the best writers you don't know"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel
10.  Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
The list author says:
  "Inventive, hilarious, tragic and hopeful story of family and memory. Foer's finest."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (573 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

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This Side Of Paradise
11.  This Side Of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "We all know an Amory Blaine, the main character in this novel that captures college life in the roaring 1920s."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
12.  The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) by Alexandre Dumas pere
The list author says:
  "Make the time for this classic by Dumas. Action, adventure, love, it has it all."
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel
13.  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel by Michael Chabon
The list author says:
  "Chabon's ambitious novel earned him the Pulitzer Prize."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (909 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Invisible Man
14.  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The list author says:
  "A story of more than just black America in the 30s, it's Ellison's take on a nation undergoing radical changes in race, power, and politics."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (499 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Sun Also Rises
15.  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (984 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
16.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The list author says:
  "A cult-classic about highschool, girls, being a dork, and learning to love oneself"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,268 customer reviews)

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
17.  The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
The list author says:
  "One of the few books to provide such an insightful critique to the paralyzing world of American consumerism, and a way out of  choice!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
18.  True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel by Peter Carey
The list author says:
  "A brilliant novel of the Kelly Gang, outlaws in 19th century Australia, written by their country's finest authors."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

Portnoy's Complaint
19.  Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "Philip Roth's important coming of age novel about a young Jewish boy in 1960s New York."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

Life of Pi
20.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,893 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto)
21.  The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The list author says:
  "A wall street bond trader examines the world through a skeptical lens and shows the reader how little we truly know about the catastrophes (both good and bad) soon to strike."
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The Emperor's Children
22.  The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
The list author says:
  "A modern day Victorian novel that captures the angst and wonderment of 20s life in New York City"
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2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
23.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The list author says:
  "A post 9/11 story told through the eyes of a precocious 11 year old, with all the wit and charm that only Safran Foer can bring"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,199 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

Swann's Way (Modern Library Classics)
24.  Swann's Way (Modern Library Classics) by Marcel Proust
The list author says:
  "No author captures the mystery and beauty of the everyday experience like Proust."
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The Road
25.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "McCarthy paints a post-apocalyptic world so vivid and so real that you can't help but cringe with every step the character's walk on The Road"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,568 customer reviews) | 63 customer discussions

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
26.  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
The list author says:
  "Behavioral Economists explore our misguided rationality"
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Civilization and Its Discontents (The Standard Edition)  (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud)
27.  Civilization and Its Discontents (The Standard Edition) (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud) by James Strachey
The list author says:
  "A radical exploration of modern society and the individual."
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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
28.  The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
The list author says:
  "A meditation on life in Communist Europe.  Just as powerful, even more so, than the Unbearable Lightness of Being."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

On Love: A Novel
29.  On Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton
The list author says:
  "A brilliant essay/novel by one of my favorite contemporary writers."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
30.  Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart
The list author says:
  "A genius satire on love, the future and how life might look in the not so distant future..."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Mystery Guest: An Account
31.  The Mystery Guest: An Account by Grégoire Bouillier
The list author says:
  "This unique book takes place over the course of a few days in Paris -- a seminal moment in the author's life changes everything one evening."
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The Song Is You: A Novel
32.  The Song Is You: A Novel by Arthur Phillips
The list author says:
  "A great story about two people who've never met, but find themselves intertwined through music and longing."
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A General Theory of Love
33.  A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis
The list author says:
  "A brilliant look at modern human relationships as seen from history, literature, psychiatry and modern neuroscience."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior
34.  Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey F. Miller
The list author says:
  "A really engaging look at consumerism and how it shapes all of our decisions -- whether we are aware of them or not"
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Man's Search for Meaning
35.  Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
The list author says:
  "An inspiring account of Frankl's life -- from Vienna through the horrors of WWII, and back out again as a world famous humanitarian"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,966 customer reviews)

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