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The BookPeople 100 (Page 3)
"Vowell explores the intersection of tourism and presidential assassinations in this mordant and hilarious travelogue. Simultaneously dark and delightful, this is the perfect book for any history buff." - Andrew B.
"There is a rolling rhythm to Morrison's prose that rubs uncomfortably against the content of her story. Every word is a nudge, seems to imply, 'Where do you stand?' The further you read, the closer you come to that moment when you are forced to define yourself within the book's context. And the importance of this definition is revealed over time, long after the novel has been read, and reread." - Chris H.
"I get new things out of this everytime I read it. It's timeless and brilliant and everyone should read it at least once." - Katie B.
"Art Spiegelman's masterpiece makes me proud to be a life-long comics reader. This anthropomorphized account of a survivor's experience through WWII works at once as a novel, memoir, and documentary. Maus has lead to greater recognition of comics as literature and deserves a spot on everyone's shelf." - Alex
"An amazingly written masterpiece whose structure is a marvel to behold. Like a mirror reflecting another mirror reflecting another mirror, The Neverending Story is a book within a book within a book. How can a book lover not rejoice?" - Danny
"All I can say is WOW! A tour-de-force of language, family history and all around dorkiness, Diaz accomplishes something completely original with his first novel. His description of the turbulent and violent history of the Dominican Repuiblic and its people is also eye-opening to most people from the U. S. Diaz's Pulitzer Prize is well deserved." - Clint
"An amazing portrait of friendship, love, life, and loss. The writing is poetic and pitch-perfect. The story itself is so lovely, engrossing, and heart-breaking in the best way. I actually don't want to say too much for fear of over-selling it. I think that if you read the first couple of lines it will be hard to not finish the whole book right then and there." - Cassie
"Herman Hesse's crown jewel, this book's crisp and clear prose and amazing story arc will leave you re-reading sentences, paragraphs, chapters, eventually the entire glorious book. Hesse's brilliant story telling prowess are on full display in this book." - Danny
"The ultimate survival story and one of the few required readings I didn't mind being required to read. The story starts with Brian crash landing in the wilderness of Canada with only his hatchet to keep him alive. Where most would give up, this 13-year-old fights on, eventually learns to build a shelter, hunt, forage for food, and fend off some of the greatest predators in the forest. This book always had me on the edge of my seat." - Jon G.
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"I've read this book more than any other in my life. Hempel is often labeled a 'minimalist', but I think a better word for her style is 'precise'. She surgically extracts the movements of the human heart and sets them on clean white paper better than any writer I have ever read." - Julie W.
"When he summons an ancient djinni to wreak a spot of personal revenge, young Nathaniel is wholly unprepared for the wise-cracking mischief-maker he gets in Bartimaeus. Opening a dark and complex story with one of the funniest first chapters out there, this first book in Stroud's trilogy takes readers on a wild, highly entertaining ride." - Meghan
"The detective in this novel may not get the respect he deserves, and he may have Tourette's, but he's determined to find out who killed his friend and mentor. The private detective in this novel is fascinating. He spits, shouts, obsesses over words and numbers - all while solving a murder mystery that nobody wants him to solve. One of Lethem's best." - Sam
"The freak show was a unique piece of Americana firmly entrenched in its era and indicative of an attitude now largely abandoned by our culture. Set in the declining years of the circus sideshow, Katherine Dunn's casually transgressive Geek Love follows a peripatetic band of genetic entrepreneurs whose devotion to phenotypic novelty violates all possible social, personal, and medical conventions. This hallucinatory adventure is a mental mutagen." - Steven
"An immediate classic upon its publication in 1955, Lolita sparked a flurry of controversy and debate about the darkly humorous tale of an infatuated older man and a minxy nymphet. Originally written in English, this novel is a paragon of literary excellence that showcases Nabokov's mastery of his craft." - Marie
"Cancel your plans for two days and read this book without stopping. Friendship! Trust! War! Intrigue! Proof that some of the bravest and most complex fiction being written today is in the Young Adult genre." - Katie P.
"This sometimes disturbing look at race and racism in America is quite epic. Following a nameless Black protagonist from the rural south, to college, to a New York City Communist organization, we see how everyone in the novel attempts to take advantage of our hero and his skin color." - Patrick <<<Page 2 Page 4>>>