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Books everyone should read

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The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
"Fabulous story of a southern family."
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
"Shame on you if you haven't read this book."
East of Eden (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
East of Eden (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
"If you haven't read Steinbeck, start with this one.  If you have, read it again.  Brilliant."
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
"A solid, intelligent novel."
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
"Everyone, mothers, fathers, grandparents, teenagers themselves, twentysomethings, should read this."
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue
"Simply put, this book changed my life.  Whether or not you agree with everything she says, there's something to it."
Stories for free children
Stories for free children
"If you can find a copy of this book, grab it.  I have a dog-eared copy from childhood that I go back to again and again."
Blue Highways: A Journey into America
Blue Highways: A Journey into America
"A gift of a book.  Read it aloud and enjoy."
The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
"My favorite poet.  His writing is so intelligent and deliberate, it's addictive."
Saint Maybe
Saint Maybe
"Ann Tyler is such an observant writer.  This is her best."
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
"I'm not usually a fan of writing about war, but O'Brien's storytelling is suberb and moving."
Alex: The Life of a Child
Alex: The Life of a Child
"I first read this when I was about 10 years old after seeing the TV movie. I've read it a bunch of times since then."
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
"Unbelievable story of the Andes survivors.  Can't compare to the movie.  I read it every year."