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Pick some books to take to the beach.

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This is a guide to some of the books that I would pick for a lazy day of reading at the beach.

War and Peace (Vintage Classics) This is my personal favorite of all time. The story of three Russian families and their travails during the Napolean war, the novel is rich in realistic and finely drawn characters and has everything that makes a great novel – valor, sacrifice, love and of course death.

The Old Man and The Sea This classic tale by Hemingway, is something I could read over and over again. A tale of man in harmony with nature, the sparse prose style is a delight and shows why he got the Nobel for this one.


The Circle of Fire: The Metaphysics of Yoga This is a great book on spirituality that I would recommend to anyone who has pondered on questions like ‘what is God’. It tackles all the hardest questions, and provides answers which are completely rational and accords with science. At the same time, it describes in clear and passionate language the ancient path of spirituality described in the Upanishads, the Advaita. The clearest book of its genre.

One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) This is a classic by Garcia Marquez, a tale of a town that lives in magic realism, the surrealistic images, the stranger than life characters, all add up to a great and moving novel.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel A more recent novel, it tells the story of three women of a family and their struggles to live their lives in dignity in the face of various problems.

Horns: A Novel A strange dark tale, a gripping tale of good and evil, with fantastic characters and magic thrown in.

The Swan Thieves: A Novel A psychological mystery, of a man who attacks and destroys a painting for no apparent reason, and the exploration by a psychiatrist into the case which leads to an old scandal.

The Historian This is the only debut novel to leap into the number one on the New York bestseller lists. A tale about vampires and the men who are destined to fight them.

Secrets of Eden: A Novel A novel marked by rich characterization, a gripping plot and clever story telling.

The Last Song A touching tale of the relationship between a daughter and a father, and how the two come to really know and understand each other almost too late.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand A story of an unforgettable character, a man who sweats by a stiff upper lip and old values, and his fight to preserve all that he believes in.

A Gate at the Stairs A tale about the coming of age of a young girl woven together with 9/11, racism, pregnancy and the travails of the rich.

The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) A classic adventure story that still remains fresh and young, a tale of heroism, chivalry and victory.

A Confederacy of Dunces

People of the Book

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

The Glass Room

The Piano Teacher: A Novel

Shantaram: A Novel

Shantaram: A Novel

Brave New World

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

Silk Parachute

Anna Karenina

The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Animal Farm: Centennial Edition

The Thirty-Nine Steps (Oxford World's Classics)

Cat's Cradle: A Novel

The Screwtape Letters

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