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Mark Twain (1906)
Letters from the Earth
Doubtless the most hilarious and stinging work of "America's Greatest Humorist."

John Steinbeck (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath
The book won the 1940 National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction. John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.

Raymond Carver (1988)
Blackbird Pie
From the collection Where I'm Calling From, one of the last short stories by this great American writer.

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Carlo Collodi (1881)
The Adventures of Pinocchio
An unabridged translation of Italy's greatest children's novel.

Primo Levi (1947)
If This Is a Man
A fundamental analysis of the composition and of the history of the Lager, that is, of the humiliation, of the offence, of the degradation of man, which preceded genocide.

Alessandro Baricco (1993)
Ocean Sea
Viareggio prize 1993. On the sea, a long time ago, a French frigate runs aground. 147 men seek safety on a raft... .

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Mordecai Richler (1959)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Duddy Kravitz believed what his grandfather had told him: a man without land is nobody. He set his heart on land, and if he made himself hated on the way... he couldn't care less.

Alice Munro (1959)
Boys and Girls
My father was a fox farmer. That is, he raised silver foxes,...

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Lewis Carroll (1865)
Alice in Wonderland
When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in the enchanted world of Wonderland, where nothing is as it seems...

Malcolm Lowry (1947)
Under the Volcano
The story of one man's agonized journey towards Calvary, which became a prophetic book for a whole generation.

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