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Everyone must read

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The list author says: "A list of books that for one or another reason are important to me and have in some way shaped my sensibilities. You should read them too."
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street
"Bartleby's existential response "I would prefer not to" is mesmerizing, as is his story. And it's much shorter than "Moby Dick.""
The Magus
The Magus
"What is real, I wonder."
Rats, Lice and History (Social Science Classics Series)
Rats, Lice and History (Social Science Classics Series)
""[I]nfectious disease is merely a disagreeable instance of a widely prevalent tendency of all living creatures to save themselves the bother of building. The plant does the work with its roots and its green leaves. The cow eats the plant. Man eats both of them; and bacteria (or investment bankers) eat the man" Biography of a disease but more a treatise on existence"
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
"Recreates Tudor England and invites you in."
The Folded Leaf
The Folded Leaf
"Friendship, a bond like no other."
The Tempest
The Tempest
"Word by word, elegiac."
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
"Every single person wants a father like Atticus."
Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Vol. 1
Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Vol. 1
"To not read is not an option. It simply isn't."
War and Peace (Vintage Classics)
War and Peace (Vintage Classics)
"A new translation. Reading it should be an objective. It deserves to be classified a masterpiece."
East of Eden
East of Eden
"An American classic."
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy (Everyman's Library, No. 214)
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy (Everyman's Library, No. 214)
"Rabbit Angstrom, defining the middle-class American by a master American storyteller."