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Books that will Blow Your Mind

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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"Should be read by every teen in the world - many folk take it too far, but it's core principle still resonates about the strange nature of humanity."
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
"Hemingway's brilliant first novel is not only a great introduction to his clean prose, but arguably his greatest work."
The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day
"One of the finest books ever written, Ishiguro's chameleon writing style perfectly crafts the heartbreaking years of an aged butler - you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between autobiography."
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
"Phil Dick's bizarre drug novel, a satire on our questioning curiosity of all things alien and our never-ending pursuit of mass ownership. A must-read."
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
"Kundera's work is so powerful that translation doesn't harm it - a fantastic story on the eccentricities and nuances of love. Don't let the 'bestseller' turn you off, it's a rare breed of literature."
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 25th Anniversary Edition)
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 25th Anniversary Edition)
"If you have a kid, skip the middle parts and read them the story. If you're an adult, you'll revel in the brilliance of Goldman's perfect adventure tale."
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room  (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
"Auster's trio of novellas capture the disconnected, impersonal nature of New York City perfectly. Riffs on the detective novel, Auster has crafted rare breed: a mind provoking page-turner."
On Writing
On Writing
"Arguably Stephen King's greatest work, this part-memoir part-instruction guide is the perfect bible for the aspiring writer in you - and it's not limited to fiction alone."
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange
"Burgess displays the full-use of the English language, and the human mind's nature to adapt to varying tongues. The first few pages might turn you off, but by halfway through, you're speaking Nadsat."
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
"Lacking a career? Pick up Anthony Bourdain's fantastic biography of life as a chef. Screwing in the backrooms, unhygienic treament of fish and lots of heroin. It'll change what your life goal is."
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
"An ultimate college book, Thompson's account of his weekend in Las Vegas is essential reading for anyone who's experimented or planning to experiment with narcotics."
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (Perennial Classics)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (Perennial Classics)
"Want to know the REAL history of America? The sadistic nature of Columbus? The trials of slavery? The real reasons behind WWII? Read this and cry in sorrow."
Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series)
Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series)
"Your first introduction to Noam Chomsky - a fantasticly condensed pamphlet on the propagandistic nature of the world media."
The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle
"Another Phil Dick book, and his most famous effort. The Axis win WWII and the world isn't so bad. A perfect novel that could never be translated to anything else."
Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Notes of a Dirty Old Man
"Bukowski is one of the sickest writers ever to grace this planet, and this collection of columns is a perfect introduction to his nauseating brand of humor."
The Satanic Verses: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist)
The Satanic Verses: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist)
"Salman Rushdie had a fatwa placed on his head, and had every Muslim in the world looking for him. Read this and find out why."
The Plague
The Plague
"One of Camus' most famous novels, and a great introduction. Part fiction, part philosophy, the Plague is a classic piece of literature that must be read."
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock'N'Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock 'N'Roll
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock'N'Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock 'N'Roll
"Go pick up a whole bunch of pioneering rock music (The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, The Beatles), and then study Bangs' great insights into some of the most (at the time) misunderstood music."
The Dharma Bums
The Dharma Bums
"Forget Kerouac's so-called 'classic' On The Road, and read about his days as a bum searching for spiritual awakening. A fascinating work that will turn you onto the original beliefs of Buddhism."
A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly
"Yet another masterpiece from the sci-fi author, this semi-autobiographical novel is strangely parallel to our own modern world. Read it before the film comes out this fall."
This Is Orson Welles
This Is Orson Welles
"As close to an autobiography to the greatest filmmaker ever that you'll get. Not only great for information on his films, but just amazing to read his fascinatingly articulate speech."
Wonder Boys: A Novel
Wonder Boys: A Novel
"A brilliantly enjoyable tale from one of the greatest living writer's - Chabon's clean, clever prose never fails to dissapoint, neither do his stories for that matter."
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
"Possibly the funniest book of all-time, the tragic Toole's only novel is a masterpiece, torn between its own brilliance and its frightening relevance to every class of human being."
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
"Clarke's post-war sci-fi masterpiece is a novel that will never age until we as a species age. Questioning ideas of peace, mythology and evolution, the book should up there amongst the spiritual greats."
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
"Suskind's astoundingly evocative tale is both beautiful and repulsive, recounting the olfactory tale of a man with the heightened ability of smell."
How Proust Can Change Your Life
How Proust Can Change Your Life
"De Botton's insightful literary journey through "In Search of Lost Time" not only places the author's philosophies in the context of your own life, but saves you the trouble of reading Proust's 2000-page tome."