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A Listmania! list by "kangaroogrrrl"
 
A Prayer For Owen Meany
1.  A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
The list author says:
  "This is such a complex, amazing book, that I don't know where to start: just read it and weep. And not to sound obvious: save the ending till last! Best ending to a book ever."
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The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events No.1)
2.  The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events No.1) by Lemony Snicket
The list author says:
  "From the sublime to the sublimely ridiculous: US writer, British humour. Three orphaned siblings attempt to escape the clutches of the evil Count Olaf. Read this installment, then read the rest..."
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English Passengers
3.  English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
The list author says:
  "3 Victorian Englishmen sail to Tasmania to find the Garden of Eden. Superb storytelling. 20 narrators; most powerful voice: Peevay - half aborigine, half white. Incredibly funny and thought-provoking."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

The Catcher in the Rye
4.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "Holden Caulfield - 'crazy, mixed-up kid', innocent, and misunderstood. A troubled teenager trying to cope with a society he doesn't relate to. Just makes you want to hug him, and make everything okay."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Prodigal Summer
5.  Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
The list author says:
  "Three storylines set in the same Appalachian valley, woven together by small encounters. Love, ecology, hunting, organic farming, moths and coyotes. 'Life's rich tapestry' in book form."
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If This Is A Man/The Truce
6.  If This Is A Man/The Truce by Primo Levi
The list author says:
  "Primo Levi's memoir of surviving Auschwitz, and his journey home. The dry voice of an observer, but one who also experienced that which he saw. Very moving - this will stay with you for a while."
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The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
7.  The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The list author says:
  "I almost hate to say I love this book - stupid hype... But seriously, this IS a fantastic book; there really is a whole world between the covers."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,251 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Sandy Bottom Orchestra
8.  The Sandy Bottom Orchestra by Garrison Keillor
The list author says:
  "A summer in the life of 14-year old Rachel Green. A book about music, growing up, fitting in, not fitting in, 'crazy' parents, and a 4th of July concert. Very funny, very sweet, easy to identify with."
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Pride And Prejudice (Everyman's Library Classics)
9.  Pride And Prejudice (Everyman's Library Classics) by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "This book really needs no introduction; it's just a really good read - a funny, witty, clever love story."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Secret History
10.  The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The list author says:
  "A well-crafted story of a group of Ancient Greek students in New England who attempt to get away with murder. No heroes, but a gripping read. I didn't believe it when I was told this is a first novel."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Tomorrow, When the War Began
11.  Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
The list author says:
  "Seven Australian teens return from a camping trip to find their town occupied by invading enemy forces. The story of their survival, and how their experiences change them. Excellent writing. 1st of 7."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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To Kill A Mockingbird
12.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The list author says:
  "The story gradually leads up to the trial of a black man accused of raping a white girl. Perfectly recreates small-town, post-war Southern US, seen through the eyes of the defending lawyer's children."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (723 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Brave New World
13.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The list author says:
  "Written well before the whole GM/cloning debate, but nails a whole bunch of the underlying issues. (And then some...) And it's a good read, too."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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His Dark Materials
14.  His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The list author says:
  "I have a love-hate relationship with these books - jaw-dropping writing, but God-hating, and has a depressing ending..."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)

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The Blind Assassin
15.  The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "Clever multi-layered novel, with at least two intertwined storylines. Great writing and characterisation; you really get the feel of the era, both in the parts set in the '20s, and those set now."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
16.  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert Pirsig
The list author says:
  "Makes you feel like it'd be so easy to buy a bike, fix it up, and just hit the road. Oh, it's also a cracking great story, a great read, and really expands your mind and horizons."
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Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered
17.  Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered by Bill Devall
The list author says:
  "Picked this off the college library shelves at random - changed my way of thinking about the environment. Excellent stuff."
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