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The Myths of Meritocracy
The Myths of Meritocracy
The Myths of Meritocracy
Insightful investigations…
The Myths of Meritocracy
Merit means next to nothing when navigating America’s education system, yet the idea of school being a meritocracy persists. This anthology compiles Gladwell’s most insightful investigations of what’s going wrong, from the failure of integration to the farce of college rankings. The truly inspirational anecdote among these otherwise sobering statistics is that Gladwell’s compelling stories have already contributed to significant systemic change.
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Four Thousand Weeks
Four Thousand Weeks
Four Thousand Weeks
Forget your to-do list…
Four Thousand Weeks
“Four Thousand Weeks” offers uncomfortable truths about mortality and productivity. Basically, we’re all going to die and, in the end, it’s not going to matter whether we ever hit inbox zero or not. Burkeman’s philosophy might come off as a bit morbid, but it’s helpful if you find yourself wondering why the usual self-help tips and tricks aren’t working for you or if you struggle to be present.
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A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
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A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

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A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

Peter G. Beidler
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 457 ratings
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 457 ratings

This second edition of Peter G. Beidler's Readers Companion builds on the success of the first edition. It will be an indispensable guide for teachers, students, and general readers who want fully to appreciate Salinger's perennial bestseller. Now six decades old, The Catcher in the Rye contains references to people, places, books, movies, and historical events that wil

This second edition of Peter G. Beidler's Readers Companion builds on the success of the first edition. It will be an indispensable guide for teachers, students, and general readers who want fully to appreciate Salinger's perennial bestseller. Now six decades old, The Catcher in the Rye contains references to people, places, books, movies, and historical events that wil

American Gods
American Gods
American Gods

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American Gods

Neil Gaiman
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 1,664 ratings
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 1,664 ratings

Not just for the fantasy lover, realists will also relate to this dark and otherworldly criticism of American idolatry and deeply emotional tale of love lost.

Not just for the fantasy lover, realists will also relate to this dark and otherworldly criticism of American idolatry and deeply emotional tale of love lost.

Brave New World
Brave New World
Brave New World

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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
5/5 - 3 ratings
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
5/5 - 3 ratings

Aldous Huxley's utopian-cum-dystopian masterpiece tells the tale of a socially engineered, futuristic society. A forerunner to Orwell's 1984, it is considered one of the most influential sci-fi novels ever written. "It isn't only art that is incompatible with happiness, it's also science. Science is dangerous, we have to keep it most carefully c

Aldous Huxley's utopian-cum-dystopian masterpiece tells the tale of a socially engineered, futuristic society. A forerunner to Orwell's 1984, it is considered one of the most influential sci-fi novels ever written. "It isn't only art that is incompatible with happiness, it's also science. Science is dangerous, we have to keep it most carefully c

Catch-22
Catch-22
Catch-22

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Catch-22

Joseph Heller
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 641 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 641 ratings

This satirical masterpiece brilliantly captures the bureaucratic absurdities of war. With a title that’s become synonymous with an intractable problem, Yossarian and company’s tragicomic plight resonates to this day. The Hulu series stars Christopher Abbott as John Yossarian and George Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf.

This satirical masterpiece brilliantly captures the bureaucratic absurdities of war. With a title that’s become synonymous with an intractable problem, Yossarian and company’s tragicomic plight resonates to this day. The Hulu series stars Christopher Abbott as John Yossarian and George Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf.

How May I Serve
How May I Serve
How May I Serve

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How May I Serve

Karen Mathews
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 140 ratings
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 140 ratings

How May I Serve is a guide to empower women who are struggling to find a way out of their troubles. I have tortured and abused myself for many years trying to find love, happiness, and peace of mindyet, the more I sought these things, the more they eluded me. Then, I realized that it was an inside job. I had to learn to love myself, forgive myself, and make peace with mys

How May I Serve is a guide to empower women who are struggling to find a way out of their troubles. I have tortured and abused myself for many years trying to find love, happiness, and peace of mindyet, the more I sought these things, the more they eluded me. Then, I realized that it was an inside job. I had to learn to love myself, forgive myself, and make peace with mys

The Iliad
The Iliad
The Iliad

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The Iliad

Homer
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 119 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 119 ratings

Anger be now your song, immortal one, Akhilleus' anger, doomed and ruinous, that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss and crowded brave souls into the undergloom, leaving so many dead men-carrion for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done. -Lines 1-6 Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, Robert Fitzger

Anger be now your song, immortal one, Akhilleus' anger, doomed and ruinous, that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss and crowded brave souls into the undergloom, leaving so many dead men-carrion for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done. -Lines 1-6 Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, Robert Fitzger

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

Nicholas Frankel
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 259 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 259 ratings

Nicholas Frankel presents a revisionary account of Oscar Wilde’s final years, spent in poverty and exile in Europe following his release from an English prison for the crime of gross indecency between men. Despite repeated setbacks and open hostility, Wilde—unapologetic and even defiant—attempted to rebuild himself as a man, and a man of letters.

Nicholas Frankel presents a revisionary account of Oscar Wilde’s final years, spent in poverty and exile in Europe following his release from an English prison for the crime of gross indecency between men. Despite repeated setbacks and open hostility, Wilde—unapologetic and even defiant—attempted to rebuild himself as a man, and a man of letters.

A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove

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A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 1,197 ratings
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 1,197 ratings

This is, unsurprisingly, the story of a small-town curmudgeon named Ove. He is a man of staunch principles, strict routines, and terrible anger. But, of course, beneath Ove’s rough and unfriendly exterior lies a story of true sorrow and loss. More than following one man’s obsession with being the worst, the book explores the comical and heartwarming relationship between Ove and his ill-fated new neighbors.

This is, unsurprisingly, the story of a small-town curmudgeon named Ove. He is a man of staunch principles, strict routines, and terrible anger. But, of course, beneath Ove’s rough and unfriendly exterior lies a story of true sorrow and loss. More than following one man’s obsession with being the worst, the book explores the comical and heartwarming relationship between Ove and his ill-fated new neighbors.

The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion

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The Silmarillion

J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 211 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 211 ratings

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT. Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and le

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT. Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and le

Good Omens
Good Omens
Good Omens

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Good Omens

Neil Gaiman
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 2,721 ratings
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 2,721 ratings

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s collaboration is a cult classic for a reason. It’s an absurdly funny commentary on good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture, and the true nature of free choice. If you’re a fan of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and haven’t read “Good Omens,” you’ll definitely want to pick it up, especially now that an Amazon adaptation starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen has been released.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s collaboration is a cult classic for a reason. It’s an absurdly funny commentary on good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture, and the true nature of free choice. If you’re a fan of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and haven’t read “Good Omens,” you’ll definitely want to pick it up, especially now that an Amazon adaptation starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen has been released.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Flies in the face of so much conventional self-help wisdom that it’s hard not to label the book as anti-self-help. Yet, that label undermines how pragmatic the book actually is. In the overcrowded and over-clichéd self-help genre, this is a book well worth whatever f*cks you can muster.

Flies in the face of so much conventional self-help wisdom that it’s hard not to label the book as anti-self-help. Yet, that label undermines how pragmatic the book actually is. In the overcrowded and over-clichéd self-help genre, this is a book well worth whatever f*cks you can muster.

And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None

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And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 630 ratings
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Arguably the best mystery story ever written. Ten people — all strangers — are lured to a mansion on a private island. Each person has a criminal history. They share their secrets, and one by one, they die.

Arguably the best mystery story ever written. Ten people — all strangers — are lured to a mansion on a private island. Each person has a criminal history. They share their secrets, and one by one, they die.

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 291 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 291 ratings

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Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction, Anna Karenina recounts St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina's life story at the backdrop of the late-19th-century feudal Russian society. Having considered War and Peace not a novel, Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first true novel. Fyodor Dostoyevsky declared it "flawless as a work of art." His opinion was shared b

The Odyssey
The Odyssey
The Odyssey

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The Odyssey

Homer
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 54 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 54 ratings

From Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator whose Iliad was named one of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2011, comes a vivid new translation of the Odyssey, complete with textual notes and an illuminating introductory essay. The hardcover publication of the Odyssey received glowing reviews: The New York Times praised “

From Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator whose Iliad was named one of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2011, comes a vivid new translation of the Odyssey, complete with textual notes and an illuminating introductory essay. The hardcover publication of the Odyssey received glowing reviews: The New York Times praised “

A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces

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A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 97 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 97 ratings

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.”The New York Times Book Review A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.”The New York Times Book Review A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day

The Iliad of Homer
The Iliad of Homer
The Iliad of Homer

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The Iliad of Homer

Alexander Pope
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 48 ratings
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 48 ratings

This book contains Alexander Pope’s seminal interpretation of the original Homeric poem, published serially from 1715 to 1720. Hailed by Samuel Johnson as “a performance which no age or nation could hope to equal,” this is a classic text that has moulded centuries of British and American culture through its beautiful and timeless poetry. This edition provides a perfect ren

This book contains Alexander Pope’s seminal interpretation of the original Homeric poem, published serially from 1715 to 1720. Hailed by Samuel Johnson as “a performance which no age or nation could hope to equal,” this is a classic text that has moulded centuries of British and American culture through its beautiful and timeless poetry. This edition provides a perfect ren

The Second Harvest
The Second Harvest
The Second Harvest

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The Second Harvest

Nabil N. Jamal
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 68 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 68 ratings

Loaded with 40 remarkable short stories, the sequel to Nabil Jamals first offering, A Harvest of Change, also promotes self-improvement by inspiring you to adopt a more positive outlook at matters, think out of the box, enhance your self-confidence and decisiveness, embrace change, work on goals, follow through, grab opportunities, and never give up. Again, for those 18 an

Loaded with 40 remarkable short stories, the sequel to Nabil Jamals first offering, A Harvest of Change, also promotes self-improvement by inspiring you to adopt a more positive outlook at matters, think out of the box, enhance your self-confidence and decisiveness, embrace change, work on goals, follow through, grab opportunities, and never give up. Again, for those 18 an

Sold on a Monday
Sold on a Monday
Sold on a Monday

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Sold on a Monday

Doris Lessing
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 105 ratings
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 105 ratings

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WITH MORE THAN A MILLION COPIES SOLD—Sold on a Monday is the unforgettable book-club phenomenon, inspired by a stunning piece of Depression-era history.  "A masterpiece that poignantly echoes universal themes of loss and redemption...both heartfelt and heartbreaking."—Pam Jenoff, New York Times

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WITH MORE THAN A MILLION COPIES SOLD—Sold on a Monday is the unforgettable book-club phenomenon, inspired by a stunning piece of Depression-era history.  "A masterpiece that poignantly echoes universal themes of loss and redemption...both heartfelt and heartbreaking."—Pam Jenoff, New York Times

It
It
It

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It

Stephen King
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 782 ratings
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5/5 - 782 ratings

King captures the magic of childhood, and lifts the reader’s spirit high with his depiction of the shielding power of friendship in the face of evil for a group of grammar school kids. The book breaks your heart, too, floating to the surface the pain kids suffer as they grow aware of the failures of their would-be adult protectors. “It” will terrify you. But read it. It’s worth losing a couple nights of sleep.

King captures the magic of childhood, and lifts the reader’s spirit high with his depiction of the shielding power of friendship in the face of evil for a group of grammar school kids. The book breaks your heart, too, floating to the surface the pain kids suffer as they grow aware of the failures of their would-be adult protectors. “It” will terrify you. But read it. It’s worth losing a couple nights of sleep.

Sense and Sensibility (Centaur Classics)
Sense and Sensibility (Centaur Classics)
Sense and Sensibility (Centaur Classics)

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Sense and Sensibility (Centaur Classics)

Jane Austen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 7,315 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 7,315 ratings

«Sense and Sensibility» is the first published novel by Jane Austen. Originally published under the pseudonym "A Lady," Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, who, upon the death of their father, are left in reduced circumstances to live on the country estate of a distant relative. At Barton Park, the Dashwood sisters engage in

«Sense and Sensibility» is the first published novel by Jane Austen. Originally published under the pseudonym "A Lady," Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, who, upon the death of their father, are left in reduced circumstances to live on the country estate of a distant relative. At Barton Park, the Dashwood sisters engage in