The most popular books in English.

What books are currently the most popular and which are the all time classics? Here we present you with a mixture of those two criteria. We update this list once a month.

10001. Helliconia Summer

Brian Aldiss

Helliconia Summer is a book written by Brian W. Aldiss that was published in 1983.

10003. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Agatha Christie

A new-look printing of Agatha Christie's `most absorbing mystery' to mark the 25th anniversary of her death. Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976, having become the best-selling novelist in history. Her autobiography, published in 1977 a year after her death, tells of her …

10004. Gone-Away Lake

Elizabeth Enright

Gone-Away Lake is a 1958 Newbery Honor winning children's book by Elizabeth Enright. It received the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1970. Gone-Away Lake tells the story of cousins who spend a summer exploring and discover a lost lake and the two people who still live there.

10007. Swimming Without a Net

MaryJanice Davidson

Swimming Without a Net is the second novel in the Fred the Mermaid Trilogy by MaryJanice Davidson.

10009. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Maya Angelou

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, published in 1986, is the fifth book in African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou's seven-volume autobiography series. Set between 1962 and 1965, the book begins when Angelou is 33 years old, and recounts the years she lived in Accra, …

10011. Floating in My Mother's Palm

Ursula Hegi

Floating in My Mother's Palm is the compelling and mystical story of Hanna Malter, a young girl growing up in 1950's Burgdorf, the small German town Ursula Hegi so brilliantly brought to life in her bestselling novel Stones from the River. Hanna's courageous voice evokes her …

10012. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

H. P. Lovecraft

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories is Penguin Classics' second omnibus edition of works by 20th-century American author H. P. Lovecraft. It was released in October 2001 and is still in print. This edition is the second in Penguin Classics' series of paperback …

10013. The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Richard Feynman

The Feynman Lectures on Physics is a physics textbook based on some lectures by Richard P. Feynman, a Nobel laureate who has sometimes been called “The Great Explainer”. The lectures were given to undergraduate students at the California Institute of Technology, during …

10014. Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

Bohumil Hrabal

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age is a 1964 novel by the Czechoslovak writer Bohumil Hrabal. It tells the story of a man who recounts various events from his past, and in particular his love life. The novel is written in one long sentence.

10016. Lonesome Traveler

Jack Kerouac

Lonesome Traveler is a collection of short stories and sketches by American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac, published in 1960. It is a compilation of Kerouac's journal entries about traveling the United States, Mexico, Morocco, the United Kingdom and France, and covers similar …

10018. Good Morning, Midnight

Jean Rhys

Good Morning, Midnight is a 1939 modernist novel by the author Jean Rhys. Often considered a continuation of Rhys' three other early novels, Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie and Voyage in the Dark, it is experimental in design and deals with a woman's feelings of …

10019. The Shakespeare Stealer

Gary Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer is a 1998 young adult novel, written by Gary Blackwood. The novel is a historical fiction novel, and takes place in Elizabethan England. It was an ALA Notable Children's Book in 1999.

10020. The Mask of Apollo

Mary Renault

The Mask of Apollo is a historical novel written by Mary Renault. It is set in ancient Greece shortly after the Peloponnesian War. The story involves the world of live theatre and political intrigue in the Mediterranean at the time. The narrator, Nikeratos, is an invented …

10021. The Gruffalo

Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo is a children's book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book, taking a walk in the woods. The book has sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children's …

10023. The Girls of Slender Means

Muriel Spark

The Girls of Slender Means is a novella written in 1963 by Scottish author Muriel Spark. It was included in Anthony Burgess's 1984 book Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939 — A Personal Choice .

10024. Five on a Treasure Island

Enid Blyton

Five on a Treasure Island is a popular children's book by Enid Blyton. It is the first book in The Famous Five series. The first edition of the book was illustrated by Eileen Soper.

10026. True Compass

Edward M. Kennedy

True Compass is the posthumous memoir of United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy that was released September 14, 2009, by Twelve, a division of the Hachette book group.

10027. An American Plague

Jim Murphy

An American Plague is a 2003 non-fiction adolescent history by author Jim Murphy published by Clarion Books. An American plague was one of the finalist in the 2003 National Book Award and was a 2004 Newbery Honor Book. An American Plague portrays the agony and pain this disease …

10028. To Have or to Be?

Erich Fromm

To Have or to Be? is a 1976 book by social psychologist Erich Fromm that differentiates between having and being. Fromm mentions how modern society has become materialistic and prefers "having" to "being". He mentions the great promise of unlimited happiness, freedom, material …

10029. Class Trip

Emmanuel Carrère

Two harrowing tales of pyschological suspense -- hailed as "stunning" (John Updike) -- from the mathematician of horrorTwo by Carrere brings together the greatest works of Emmanuel Carrere, "the Stephen King of France" (Mirabella), two novels that are at once gripping suspense …

10030. Zadig

Voltaire

Zadig ou la Destinée is a famous novel and work of philosophical fiction written by Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. It tells the story of Zadig, a philosopher in ancient Babylonia. The author does not attempt any historical accuracy, and some of the problems Zadig faces are …

10031. I, Claudius

Robert von Ranke Graves

I, Claudius is a novel by English writer Robert Graves, written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. Accordingly, it includes history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 BC to Caligula's assassination …

10032. Hallucinating Foucault

Patricia Duncker

An intricate and self-reflective novel about that most delicate of relationships--meaning the one between writers and readers. The narrator, an anonymous graduate student, sets off on the trail of a French novelist named Paul Michel, who is currently confined to an asylum. …

10033. The Firebugs: A Morality Without a Moral

Max Frisch

Gottlieb Biedermann, a German businessman, tries to ignore the fact that the two men in his attic are arsonists, in hopes of preventing them from burning down his house

10034. Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

Paul Monette

Paul Monette first made a name for himself in 1978 with his debut novel, Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll, a comic romp with serious overtones. He established himself as a writer of popular fiction with three more novels before he and his lover were both diagnosed with HIV. In 1988 …

10035. The sand child

Tahar Ben Jelloun

In this lyrical, hallucinatory novel set in Morocco, Tahar Ben Jelloun offers an imaginative and radical critique of contemporary Arab social customs and Islamic law. The Sand Child tells the story of a Moroccan father's effort to thwart the consequences of Islam's inheritance …

10036. Into a Dark Realm

Raymond E. Feist

The dread plot to destroy the Empire of Great Kesh has failed. The Conclave of Shadows has ended the murderous Nighthawk brotherhood's horrific reign of terror and death. But the mad sorcerer, Leso Varen, has fled, taking refuge among the most powerful men and women on Kelewan—a …

10037. Imaginary Magnitude

Stanisław Lem

These wickedly authentic introductions to twenty-first-century books preface tomes on teaching English to bacteria, using animated X-rays to create "pornograms," and analyzing computer-generated literature through the science of "bitistics." "Lem, a science fiction Bach, plays …

10038. Felida

Akif Pirinçci

"The Emergent Manager" examines the process of becoming a manager within organizations and considers how people relate the ways in which they 'manage' their lives to their development as managers in the workplace. At the heart of the book is the idea of the individual engaged in …

10039. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

Dr. Seuss

The haughty ruler of Didd, King Derwin (who would foolishly go on to summon green goo from the sky in his later years) showed the first signs of his silly self-importance back in this 1938 Seuss classic, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. When Bartholomew visits town one day, …

10041. The Winter of Frankie Machine

Don Winslow

The Winter of Frankie Machine is a 2006 novel written by Don Winslow.

10042. A Kestrel for a Knave

Barry Hines

A Kestrel for a Knave is a novel by British author Barry Hines, published in 1968. It is set in a mining area and tells of Billy Casper, a young working class boy troubled at home and at school, who only finds solace when he finds and trains a kestrel whom he names "Kes". The …

10043. Fup

Jim Dodge

10044. War and peace. Volume 1

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in its entirety in 1869. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna …

10046. The Good War

Studs Terkel

"The Good War": An Oral History of World War II is a telling of the oral history of World War II written by Studs Terkel. The work won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. It is a firsthand account of people involved before, during and after the war. The book mainly …

10047. The Beginning Place

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Beginning Place is a short novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, written in 1980. It was subsequently published under the title Threshold in 1986. The novel does not belong to any of the cycles for which Le Guin is well known. The story's genre is a mixture of realism and fantasy …

10048. Nothing to Be Frightened Of

Julian Barnes

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable …

10049. The No Asshole Rule

Robert I. Sutton

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't is a book by Stanford professor Robert I. Sutton, based on a popular essay he wrote for the Harvard Business Review. It sold over 115,000 copies and won the Quill Award for best business book in …

10050. Z33 - Asterix and the Falling Sky (Asterix)

Albert Uderzo

Asterix and the Falling Sky is the thirty-third volume of the Asterix comic book series, by Albert Uderzo. It was released on October 14, 2005. The album is explained by Uderzo as a tribute to Walt Disney, who inspired him to become an artist. It is generally disliked by fans, …

10052. Cocaine Blues

Kerry Greenwood

Cocaine Blues is a crime novel by Kerry Greenwood, first published in Australia in 1989 by McPhee Gribble and in the United States in 1991 under the title of Death By Misadventure by Fawcett Publications. It is the first novel featuring Phryne Fisher.

10053. A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

Orlando Figes

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924 is an award-winning book written by British historian Orlando Figes. First published in 1996, it chronicles Russian history from the Famine of 1891-1892, the response to which, Figes argues, severely weakened the Russian …

10054. Stilwell and the American Experience in China, …

Barbara W. Tuchman

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 is a work of history written by Barbara W. Tuchman and published in 1971 by Macmillan Publishers. It won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The book was republished in 2001 by Grove Press It was also published …

10056. Timoleon Vieta Come Home

Dan Rhodes

Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey is a novel by British author Dan Rhodes, a parody of the classic Lassie Come Home film. It was Rhodes' first novel, and won the 2003 Author's Club First Novel Award. It has been translated into at least 20 languages.

10057. Art

Yasmina Reza

‍ '​Art‍ '​ is a French-language play by Yasmina Reza that premiered on 28 October 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The English-language adaptation, translated by Christopher Hampton, opened in London's West End on 15 October 1996, starring Albert Finney, Tom …

10058. Struwwelpeter

Heinrich Hoffmann

Der Struwwelpeter is a German children's book by Heinrich Hoffmann. It comprises ten illustrated and rhymed stories, mostly about children. Each has a clear moral that demonstrates the disastrous consequences of misbehavior in an exaggerated way. The title of the first story …

10059. The Birchbark House

Louise Erdrich

The Birchbark House is a 1999 indigenous juvenile realistic fiction novel by Louise Erdrich, and is the first book in a four book series known as The Birchbark series. The story follows the life of Omakayas and her Ojibwe community beginning in 1847 near present day Lake …

10060. The Doll

Boleslaw Prus

The Doll is the second of four major novels by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus. It was composed for periodical serialization in 1887-89 and appeared in book form in 1890. The Doll has been regarded by some, including Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz, as the greatest Polish novel. …

10061. Rumpole's Return

John Mortimer

Rumpole's Return is a 1980 novel by John Mortimer about defence barrister Horace Rumpole. It was based on a script for a two hour Rumpole telemovie. The plot concerns Rumpole coming out of retirement in Florida to work on a case.

10062. Blue Gold

Clive Cussler

Blue Gold is the second book in the NUMA Files series of books co-written by author Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos, and was published in 2000. The main character of this series is Kurt Austin. Blue Gold is about attempting to control the world's water at any cost, including …

10064. Piece by Piece

Tori Amos

Piece by Piece is an autobiographical book by singer/songwriter Tori Amos and co-authored by rock music journalist Ann Powers. It was published in the U.S. in February 2005 and in the U.K. in June 2005.

10065. The Moral Landscape

Sam Harris

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values is a book by Sam Harris. In it, he promotes a science of morality and argues that many thinkers have long confused the relationship between morality, facts, and science. He aims to carve a third path between secularists …

10066. Phenomenology of Perception (International Library …

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Phenomenology of Perception is a 1945 book by French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The work established Merleau-Ponty as the pre-eminent philosopher of the body. First published in English translation in 1962, a new English translation was published in 2013.

10067. Lion of Ireland

Morgan Llywelyn

Lion of Ireland, by the American-Irish author Morgan Llywelyn, is a novel about the life of the Irish hero and High King Brian Boru. The story begins with Brian as a child of around 8 or 9 and it ends with him as an 88 year old man. The book shows his rise to power and his …

10068. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

Samuel Johnson

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, originally titled The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale, though often abbreviated to Rasselas, is an apologue about happiness by Samuel Johnson. The book's original working title was "The Choice of Life". He wrote the piece in only one …

10069. The Blood Doctor

Ruth Rendell

The Blood Doctor is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.

10070. The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers

Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers is the 29th book in the Cat Who series. It was released in 2007 and is written by Lilian Jackson Braun.

10071. Triton

Samuel R. Delany

Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It was nominated for the 1976 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and was shortlisted for a retrospective James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 1995. It was originally published under the shorter title …

10072. Lindbergh

A. Scott Berg

Lindbergh is a 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg. The book became a New York Times Best Seller and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography.

10073. The Secret of Red Gate Farm

Carolyn Keene

The Secret of Red Gate Farm is the sixth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, It was first published in 1931.

10074. With Fire and Sword

Henryk Sienkiewicz

With Fire and Sword is a historical novel by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, published in 1884. It is the first volume of a series known to Poles as The Trilogy, followed by The Deluge and Fire in the Steppe. The novel has been adapted as a film several times, most …

10076. The Singing

Alison Croggon

The Singing is the fourth and last novel in Alison Croggon's Pellinor series. The novel was completed in June 2007 and was published in Australia on 30 June 2008. Direct quote from Alison Croggon: "I'm pretty certain [the singing will] open in Innail and that there will be a …

10078. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

R. L. LaFevers

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos is a children's novel by R. L. LaFevers.

10080. Spells

Aprilynne Pike

Spells is a fantasy novel by author Aprilynne Pike. It is the sequel to Pike's #1 New York Times best-selling debut, Wings, which introduced readers to Laurel Sewell, a faerie sent among humans to guard the gateway to Avalon. Spells was released in the United States on May 4, …

10081. Crystal Rain

Tobias S. Buckell

Crystal Rain is the debut novel of Caribbean writer Tobias S. Buckell. Buckell calls it his "Caribbean steampunk novel". Although Crystal Rain is a stand-alone novel, Buckell's books Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose are set in the same universe with some recurring characters. The …

10082. Introduction to the Devout Life

Francis de Sales

Introduction to the Devout Life was written by St. Francis de Sales, the first edition being published in 1609. The final edition was published in 1619, prior to the death of Francis in 1622. It enjoyed wide popularity, and was well received in both Protestant and Catholic …

10084. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Simms Taback

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is the title of a 1999 book by Simms Taback that won the 2000 Caldecott Medal. The main character is Joseph, a 40-something Jewish farmer, who has a little striped overcoat. When it is old, Joseph makes it into a little jacket and so on until he …

10086. Rubicon

Steven Saylor

Rubicon is a historical novel by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 1999. It is the seventh book in his Roma Sub Rosa series of mystery stories set in the final decades of the Roman Republic. The main character is the Roman sleuth Gordianus …

10087. You Better Not Cry

Augusten Burroughs

You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas is the sixth memoir by Augusten Burroughs. It was released on October 27, 2009.

10089. The Apocalypse Troll

David Weber

A novel by David Weber, The Apocalypse Troll is a story about time travel and alien invasion.

10090. Midnight at the Well of Souls

Jack L. Chalker

Midnight at the Well of Souls is the first book in the Well of Souls series by American author Jack L. Chalker, first published as a paperback in 1977. Over a million copies of the original pressing were sold, and reprints have continued for decades. It came in #18 in the 1978 …

10091. Shadow Dance

Julie Garwood

Jordan Buchanan is thrilled that her brother and best friend are tying the knot. The wedding is a lavish affair–for the marriage of Dylan Buchanan and Kate MacKenna is no ordinary occasion. It represents the joining of two family dynasties. The ceremony and reception proceed …

10092. I, Mona Lisa

Jeanne Kalogridis

"My name is Lisa di Antonio Gherardini Giocondo, though to acquaintances, I am known simply as Madonna Lisa. My story begins not with my birth but a murder, committed the year before I was born…"Florence, April 1478: The handsome Giuliano de' Medici is brutally assassinated in …

10097. Raven Rise

D. J. MacHale

Raven Rise is the ninth book in The Pendragon Adventure by D.J. MacHale. It was published on May 20, 2008.

10098. To die for

Linda Howard

To Die For is an American novel by Linda Howard. It was published in 2004 by Random House Publishing. It made the New York York Times Best Seller list. It is the first book in the Blair Mallory Series, followed by Drop Dead Gorgeous.

10099. Halt's Peril

John Flanagan

Halt's Peril is the ninth book in the international bestselling Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

10102. Against Medical Advice

James Patterson

Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to twitch his neck. From that day forward his life became a hell of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances, and Cory embarked on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist …

10103. Red China Blues

Jan Wong

Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now is a 1996 book by Chinese-Canadian journalist Jan Wong. Wong describes how the youthful passion for left-wing and socialist politics drew her to participate in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Speaking little Chinese, she became one …

10104. The Passion of New Eve

Angela Carter

The Passion of New Eve is a novel by Angela Carter, first published in 1977. The book is set in a dystopian United States where civil war has broken out between different political, racial and gendered groups. A dark satire, the book parodies primitive notions of gender, sexual …

10106. Drowned Ammet

Diana Wynne Jones

Drowned Ammet is a fantasy novel for young adults by British author Diana Wynne Jones. It is the second book in the series Dalemark Quartet.

10107. Berlin Game

Len Deighton

Berlin Game is a 1983 spy novel by Len Deighton. It is the first novel in the first of three trilogies about Bernard Samson, a middle-aged and somewhat jaded intelligence officer working for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Berlin Game is part of the Game, Set and Match …

10108. The Invention of Everything Else

Samantha Hunt

The Invention of Everything Else is a novel written by American author Samantha Hunt, published in 2008. The novel presents a fictionalized account of the last days in the life of Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American electrical engineer. Other fictionalized versions of historical …

10109. The Dragon of Despair

Jane Lindskold

The Dragon of Despair is a 2004 fantasy novel, third of six in Jane Lindskold's wolf series. The third novel in the Firekeeper Saga begins about a year after Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart. It can be read without having read the preceding novels in the series, although doing so will …

10110. City of Illusions

Ursula K. Le Guin

City of Illusions is a 1967 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, set on Earth in the distant future in her Hainish Cycle. City of Illusions is significant because it lays the foundation for the Hainish cycle, a fictional world in which the majority of …

10111. Rogue Planet

Greg Bear

Rogue Planet is a 2000 novel set in the Star Wars galaxy. It is a prequel novel occurring after the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The book was written by Greg Bear. The cover art was by David Stevenson. The book takes place 29 years before Star Wars Episode …

10112. This Other Eden

Ben Elton

This Other Eden is a satirical novel written by Ben Elton.

10114. The Fall of the King

Johannes V. Jensen

The Fall of the King is a novel by Danish author Johannes V. Jensen, published in three parts from 1900 to 1901. It tells the story of Mikkel Thøgersen and the social entanglements which bring him into the service of king Christian II of Denmark.

10115. The Thin Red Line

James Jones

The Thin Red Line is American author James Jones's fourth novel. It draws heavily on Jones's experiences at the Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse during World War II's Guadalcanal campaign. The author served in the United States Army's 27th Infantry …

10116. When the Devil Dances

John Ringo

When the Devil Dances is the third book in John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. It follows the exploits of Michael O'Neal and other members of humanity as they defend Earth against an alien invasion by the Posleen.

10117. Oh, Play That Thing

Roddy Doyle

Oh, Play That Thing is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. It is Vol. 2 of The Last Roundup series, and follows on from Vol. 1, A Star Called Henry.

10118. West of Eden

Harry Harrison

West of Eden is a 1984 science fiction novel by American writer Harry Harrison.

10122. Socks

Beverly Cleary

Socks is a children's novel written by Beverly Cleary, originally illustrated by Beatrice Darwin, and published in 1973. It won the William Allen White Children's Book Award. The title character of the book would eventually become the name for Socks Clinton, the cat of U.S. …

10123. Gifted

Nikita Lalwani

Gifted is the debut novel by author Nikita Lalwani longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. It was first published in 2007 by Viking.

10124. The road to Oxiana

Robert Byron

The Road to Oxiana is a travelogue by Robert Byron, first published in 1937. It is considered by many modern travel writers to be the first example of great travel writing. The word "Oxiana" in the title refers to the region along Afghanistan's northern border. The book is an …

10125. The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: It's hard to articulate just how much--and why--The Goldfinch held such power for me as a reader. Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which …

10126. The Concept of Anxiety

Søren Kierkegaard

The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin, is a philosophical work written by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in 1844. The original 1944 English translation by Walter Lowrie, had the title The Concept of …

10128. The Hunting of the Snark

Lewis Carroll

The Hunting of the Snark is typically categorized as a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll, the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Written from 1874 to 1876, the poem borrows the setting, some creatures, and eight portmanteau words from Carroll's earlier poem "Jabberwocky" …

10130. The Dying Earth

Jack Vance

The Dying Earth is a collection of fantasy short fiction by Jack Vance, published by Hillman in 1950. Vance returned to the setting in 1965 and thereafter, making it the first book in the Dying Earth series. It is retitled Mazirian the Magician in its Vance Integral Edition, …

10131. Fasting, Feasting

Anita Desai

Anita Desai has long proved herself one of the most accomplished and admired chroniclers of middle-class India. Her 1999 novel, Fasting, Feasting, is the tale of plain and lumpish Uma and the cherished, late-born Arun, daughter and son of strict and conventional parents. So …

10132. Race Matters

Cornel West

Race Matters is a social sciences book by Cornel West. The book was first published on March 29, 1994, in the English by Vintage Books. The book analyzes moral authority and racial debates concerning skin color in the United States. The book questions matters of economics and …

10133. Heroes Die

Matthew Stover

Heroes Die by Matthew Stover is the first of a series of novels blending science fiction and fantasy and featuring the protagonist Caine.

10134. Philosophy: Who Needs It

Ayn Rand

Philosophy: Who Needs It is a posthumous collection of essays by Ayn Rand, published in 1982, that deal with philosophy. It was the last book Rand worked on during her lifetime.

10135. Soul On Ice

Eldridge Cleaver

Soul On Ice is a memoir and collection of essays by Eldridge Cleaver. Originally written in Folsom State Prison in 1965, and published three years later in 1968, it is Cleaver's best known writing and remains a seminal work in African-American literature. The treatises were …

10136. Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the …

Ann Coulter

Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism is a 2003 book by Ann Coulter. Three weeks after its release more than 500,000 copies were sold.

10137. The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. It has been recognized as the first modern detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his "tales of ratiocination". Two works that share some similarities predate Poe's …

10138. Fair and tender ladies

Lee Smith

Fair and Tender Ladies is a novel by Lee Smith published in 1988. It won the W.D. Weatherford Award that year. Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel consisting entirely of letters written by its protagonist, Ivy Rowe, to numerous recipients from her childhood until her …

10139. Designated Targets

John Birmingham

Designated Targets is the second volume of John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy.

10142. The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe

"The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the …

10143. Monte Cassino

Sven Hassel

Monte Cassino is a 1963 book by Sven Hassel.

10144. The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

Angela Carter

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, published in the United States as The War of Dreams, is a 1972 novel by Angela Carter. This picaresque novel is heavily influenced by surrealism, Romanticism, critical theory, and other branches of Continental philosophy. Its style …

10145. The Way To Cook

Julia Child

In this magnificent new cookbook, illustrated with full color throughout, Julia Child give us her magnum opus--the distillation of a lifetime of cooking. And she has an important message for Americans today. . .--to the health-conscious: make a habit of good home cooking so that …

10146. Dead Cert

Dick Francis

Dead Cert is Dick Francis' first novel, published in 1962. Featured in the 2007 book 100 Must-Read Crime Novels. It was filmed by Tony Richardson in 1974. The title is a shortened form of "It's a dead certainty," in this case a play on words referring to the fact that the …

10147. Canticle

R. A. Salvatore

Canticle is the first book in R. A. Salvatore's book series, The Cleric Quintet.

10148. The Menace from Earth

Robert A. Heinlein

The Menace From Earth is a collection of science fiction short stories by Robert A. Heinlein. Published by The Gnome Press in in an edition of 5,000 copies.

10149. Expendable

James Alan Gardner

Expendable is a science fiction novel by the Canadian author James Alan Gardner, published in 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers under its various imprints. It is the first book in a series involving the "League of Peoples", an assemblage of advanced species in the Milky Way …

10150. Vacuum Diagrams

Stephen Baxter

Vacuum Diagrams is a collection of science fiction short stories written by Stephen Baxter. The collection connects the novels of the Xeelee Sequence and also shows the history of mankind in the Xeelee universe, and ultimately the universe. While each short story in the …

10151. A Darkling Plain

Philip Reeve

A Darkling Plain is the fourth and final novel in the Mortal Engines Quartet series written by author Philip Reeve. The novel won the 2006 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction.

10152. The Last Empress

Anchee Min

The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in China’s history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions and ending in the demise of the Ch’ing Dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one …

10153. Soldier of the Mist

Gene Wolfe

Soldier of the Mist is an award-winning 1986 fantasy novel by Gene Wolfe published by Gollancz in the UK and then Tor Books in the US. It has two sequels: Soldier of Arete and Soldier of Sidon. Mist and Arete have been collected as Latro in the Mist.

10156. Endless Steppe

Esther Hautzig

Exiled to SiberiaIn June 1941, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are "capitalists -- enemies of the people." Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia.For …

10157. Swords in the Mist

Fritz Leiber

Swords in the Mist is a fantasy short story collection by Fritz Leiber featuring his sword and sorcery heroes Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. It is chronologically the third volume in the complete seven volume edition of the collected stories devoted to the characters. It was first …

10158. El Sobrino de Wittgenstein

Thomas Bernhard

It is 1967, in a Viennese hospital. In separate wards: the narrator named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew of Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering fom one of his periodic bouts of madness. Bernhard traces the growth of an intense friendship …

10159. Crocodile Tears

Anthony Horowitz

Crocodile Tears is the eighth novel in the Alex Rider series by British author Anthony Horowitz. It was released in the UK on 12 November 2009, published by Walker Books, and in the U.S. on 17 November 2009. On 17 December 2008, the title was revealed to be Crocodile Tears. The …

10160. The Dot

Peter Reynolds

The Dot is a picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds about a girl named Vashti who thinks she can't draw. It is published by Candlewick Press.

10161. Black Out

Lisa Unger

Black Out is a psychological thriller by bestselling author Lisa Unger. It is a standalone novel.

10163. Andorra

Max Frisch

Reissue of this Methuen classic to tie in with a major new productionThe republic of Andorra is invaded by totalitarian forces. The populace capitulates to the anti-Semitism of the aggressor and betrays Andri, the foundling son of the local schoolmaster. But Andri it seems, is …

10164. The Truth-Teller's Tale

Sharon Shinn

The Truth-Teller's Tale is a fantasy novel by Sharon Shinn. The novel was written in 2005.

10165. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in September 1904. The book is a sequel to The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and tells of Peter's return to Mr. McGregor's garden with his cousin …

10179. The Birthday

Koji Suzuki

Birthday is an anthology by Japanese writer Koji Suzuki first published on February 5, 1999 in Japan. It is the fourth installment of Suzuki's Ring series.

10199. Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

Yasutaka Tsutsui

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno is a collection of short stories by Japanese science fiction and metafiction writer Yasutaka Tsutsui, in English translation by Andrew Driver. Not to be confused with the original Japanese collection ポルノ惑星のサルモネラ人間, these stories have been selected …



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