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Animal Farm by George Orwell

This controversial fable is a satirical take on the Soviet Union, and an exploration of the ways that power can corrupt even noble causes.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

One of the most beloved books of all time, the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy combines wit and manners into a classic love story.

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

An unsettling, nightmarish tale of a traveling salesman who wakes to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect.

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning novel is told through letters between two sisters, separated by an ocean and the cruelty of one man.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The four March sisters grow up in a world with one parent away at the Civil War and the other working to support the family in this beloved children’s classic.

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

An Igbo warrior in pre-colonial Nigeria watches his way of life change forever as the British government establishes a permanent presence.

Maus by Art Spiegelman

One of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels ever written, Art Spiegelman explores his relationship with his aging father as well as his father’s experiences in the Holocaust.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

A classic fantasy novel about the most powerful sorcerer in Earthsea, about secrets, and about balance. With dragons!

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West with the Night by Beryl Markham

This memoir by the first person to fly solo from Africa to Europe is about growing up in Africa, becoming an adventurer, a pilot, and a racehorse trainer. It’s also so beautifully written that Ernest Hemingway reportedly said it made him ashamed as a writer.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

One of the earliest classics in science fiction and horror, Frankenstein is about science gone mad, creation, and responsibility — as well as what makes a monster.

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