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All-time favorite must-reads

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Sophie's Choice (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Sophie's Choice (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"Masterpiece. Stingo's story captivates and keeps you turning the page. Well-developed characters. Smart, brilliant. Forget all you know from the film and read this enchanting novel."
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
"Kingsolver's best. Each chapter is written from a different family member's point of view (written in first person). It's a heavy story told with such care. I just plain love it. Run. Go tell your friends to read this book!"
White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
"Wow. Brilliant story telling. Poetry really. One of the few books I've read twice. I didn't care at all for Paint it Black, Fitch's second novel, which was too dark, too repetitive. You care about the characters, you respond to thier plights, their humanity. Soulful."
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
"Laugh out loud, enjoy yourself. Took a little while for me to get into it, I admit. Then I couldn't put it down The author is dead, so no hope of reading anything else by Mr. Toole. Too bad for us. Fabulous character studies."
Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls
"A real pleasure without the hangover. It's timeless. And an obvious inspiration to writer Candace Bushnell of Sex and the City fame. It has it all: sex, drugs, fame, rehab, the Hollywood come-back. The story begins at the beginning, which I really like, of a group of young women's "careers" and takes the reader from NYC to California. It's a trippy journey - enjoy the ride!"
Sister Carrie
Sister Carrie
"I've read his other novels, but this one I hold dear to my heart, being from Chicago. I love his writing because it's as if I'm transported to another era, walking down familiar streets, with the scenery transformed. With Dreiser, the non-comformist sometimes wins, sometimes loses, but the struggle is always told with grace."
Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses
Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses
"Unlike any other cook book you'll ever own. A great gift to anyone who loves the sensual art of cooking. Titillating. Seductive. Hot, hot, hot! Beautiful, colorful imagery included. Get a hard copy for your shelf next to The Joy of Cooking."
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
"Haunting! Well-researched, well-written. There's murder (lots), an enormous ferris wheel (the first ever), a house built for a nightmare, and a calculating madman of the likes this world's never known."
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Signet)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Signet)
"A gem."
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
"Could not put this one down. Fantatic."
The Power of One: A Novel
The Power of One: A Novel
"Empowering and triumphant."
Different Seasons (Signet)
Different Seasons (Signet)
"Stephen King is at his best in these four short stories. I don't care for his novels, personally, though I've read many. Wish he wrote more shorties!"
Housekeeping: A Novel
Housekeeping: A Novel
"A treaasure to savor."
The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
"I read everything written by this author because I love the way he writes. He places you smack dab in the middle of another place in time and you live there for the duration of the tale. This is an epic novel that you can really sink your teeth into. Follow up by reading World Without End."
Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies
"Beautiful collection of short stories."
Nice Big American Baby
Nice Big American Baby
"Imaginative collection of short stories. I'll read anything and everything Judy Budnitz writes."
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
"This author is a new favorite. Keep 'em comin' Ms Walls! Based on her family's southwest American life."
This Boy's Life: A Memoir
This Boy's Life: A Memoir
"I love memoirs. And I love this one especially. It's like reading someone's diary."