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Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories by Philip Roth
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I had read _Portnoy's Complaint_ a few years ago and really liked it, but it lacks the grace and poignancy of these earlier stories. The novella "Goodbye, Columbus" is sort of a Mysteries-of-Pittsburgh-for-the-1950s, exploring class identity and roma ...more
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
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Billy Budd and Other Stories by Herman Melville
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Some of Melville's best short stories, and some that are less-than-thrilling. "Bartleby the Scrivener" is one of my favorite pieces of writing in the world, but stories like "The Piazza" require a lot of patience and a real affection for his style to ...more
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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
by Alexandra Fuller
recommended for: anyone looking for a short read with a strong voice
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I just went back and reread this book last week. It is doubly intoxicating the second time. Seriously, read it--it will take you no more than a few days, and it is breathtakingly vivid, funny, sad, and powerful. Definitely one of my all-time favorite ...more
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
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Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
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I read this book when I was 14 or 15 and haven't been able to shake it since. It was too long ago for me to have read it as critically or to appreciate it as much as I would now, but I know it was chilling and important and more thought-provoking tha ...more
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Light in August by William Faulkner
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