Kissing Suzy Kolber Mock Draft:  Books We Like!

A Listmania! list by PBNW11
The list author says: "Results from the kissingsuzykolber.net mock draft on books you would make a highschool class read. All comments were originally made in whole or in part by the writers for the site and the commenters.

http://kissmesuzy.blogspot.com/2008/03/ksk-mock-draft-books-we-like-featuring.html


"The guidelines: These are books that you're going to force a class of high school seniors to read. Assume that it's a public high school in a mostly middle class town: a few of the students are exceptional, a few are just passing time until they get pregnant or turn 18, and most are intelligent enough to read and enjoy a book but are generally too uninterested to do so. You may select a book for any reason: to better their enjoyment of literature, to educate them, or to torture them with highfalutin BS-- as long as you yourself have read the book cover to cover. It can be any one-volume bound book, any genre, and by any author except Will Leitch. Once a book is selected, all other tomes by that author are off-limits.""
Men with Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook
1.  Men with Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook by Drew Magary
The list author says:
  ""Profane, beyond naughty, and, I have to say, just damn funny." - Buzz Bissinger

"It's the Balls" - Me"
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My Dark Places
2.  My Dark Places by James Ellroy
The list author says:
  "My Dark Places is at once a harrowing autobiography of a great writer and his youth spent on the streets, dealing with and trying to solve his mother's murder and a compelling detective procedural all in one."
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Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72
3.  Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson
The list author says:
  "Seriously kids, save yourself the time and expense of a political science major/minor. Read this, read "All the King's Men" and you're good to go."
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Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 2: Endgame
4.  Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 2: Endgame by Bill Robertie
The list author says:
  "Poker is a great laboratory for all of those things, and I'm not alone in that assessment. The Harrington on series are probably the best books for the best poker game out there. But Volume I isn't really practical for home game play and III is really just a workbook."
$19.03   Used & New from: $0.93
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The Long Walk
5.  The Long Walk by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "I read a lot of really boring books that I'm 'supposed' to enjoy.  I still read this, over and over; it never fails me."
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A Confederacy of Dunces
6.  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
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The Things They Carried
7.  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "It is a novel made from perfectly interwoven short stories, a work of fiction that feels like a memoir, and a contemplative meditation on story-telling all at once."
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Invisible Man
8.  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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Farewell, My Lovely
9.  Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
The list author says:
  "I don't read enough mysteries to judge whether the plots hold up next to other giants of the genre, but the hardboiled prose, crystal-clear characterizations, and vividly gritty settings should be required for any teenager who's played Grand Theft Auto."
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Catch-22: A Novel (Simon & Schuster Classics)
10.  Catch-22: A Novel (Simon & Schuster Classics) by Joseph Heller
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Motherless Brooklyn
11.  Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
The list author says:
  "It's such a fast, gritty story that you don't notice you just read a Great Book until you're done. And, if you're lucky, not even then."
Everyone who's read it agrees: that book is **** awesome."
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Way of the Turtle: The Secret Methods that Turned Ordinary People into Legendary Traders
12.  Way of the Turtle: The Secret Methods that Turned Ordinary People into Legendary Traders by Curtis Faith
The list author says:
  "It's F'ing sweet; think Trading Places without the 'comic' 'stylings' of Dan Akroyd. Of course, all of you hate finance, but had you been exposed to it at a younger age, you'd understand that markets and volatility are to be treasured, and that pedestrian dip***s like Matt Lauer should just shut the F*** up. There IS NO RECESSION!""
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The Crying of Lot 49
13.  The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
The list author says:
  ""Because it is important for youngsters to learn sooner rather than later that every observer has their own take on what constitutes 'reality' -- and when your reality starts to get a little squishy... well, the fun is just beginning.""
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Palestine: The Special Edition
14.  Palestine: The Special Edition by Joe Sacco
The list author says:
  "Yes, it's a graphic novel. Sacco, an American Jew, delves deeply and powerfully into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, getting a lot of the narratives from people that are never heard from in typical reportage."
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Ulysses
15.  Ulysses by James Joyce
The list author says:
  "Cause it'll take the little **** the rest of their adult lives to read it."
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V for Vendetta
16.  V for Vendetta by David Lloyd
The list author says:
  "Moore gets cranky when people compare his fictional British totalitarian government to American neo-conservatives. I say if the shoe fits, use it to kick Karl Rove in the nuts."
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The GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares that Go with It
17.  The GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares that Go with It by Tom Callahan
The list author says:
  "Probably the best inside peek of a football team that there is, although Next Man Up by Feinstein is awfully close."
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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
18.  World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
The list author says:
  "Because books about the impending zombie holocaust are not just instructive, they're vital."
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The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
19.  The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band by Neil Strauss
The list author says:
  "For the final book on the syllabus, they learn important lessons, like to how survive a Ferrari wreck while ensuring that Hanoi Rocks never records another album, and learning how to do a speedball and then nail a guy's ear to the floor of your apartment."
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The Contortionist's Handbook
20.  The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger
The list author says:
  "Clevenger writes his *** off in this novel about a forger with polydactyly whose drug addiction threatens to land him in a mental hospital. It's an addictive read, and I always pick it up whenever I feel my prose is uninspired and flat."
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World's End
21.  World's End by T. Coraghessan Boyle
The list author says:
  "I'm passing on the obvious (anything written by Michael Chabon) this time around, and I'm also forgoing any book that they'd likely have read by now. Instead I'm selecting World's End because I've always felt that it's the kind of book I should have been reading in high school"
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Women: A Novel
22.  Women: A Novel by Charles Bukowski
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
23.  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
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Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (Everyman's Library)
24.  Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (Everyman's Library) by Samuel Beckett
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A Clockwork Orange
25.  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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Johnny Got His Gun
26.  Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
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The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I
27.  The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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Candide (Dover Thrift Editions)
28.  Candide (Dover Thrift Editions) by Voltaire
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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
29.  The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
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Bhagavad Gita (Shambhala Library)
30.  Bhagavad Gita (Shambhala Library) by Eknath Easwaran
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Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
31.  Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Thomas Pynchon
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Hedda Gabler
32.  Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself (Enriched Classics)
33.  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself (Enriched Classics) by Frederick Douglass
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The Master and Margarita (Oneworld Classics)
34.  The Master and Margarita (Oneworld Classics) by Mikhail Bulgakov
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Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
35.  Ender's Game (Ender Saga) by Orson Scott Card
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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
36.  Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman
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Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books)
37.  Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books) by Cormac McCarthy
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Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
38.  Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John Gneisenau Neihardt
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