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.

14401. Out of Africa and Shadows on the grass

Karen Blixen

Out of Africa is a memoir by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then called British East Africa. The book is a lyrical meditation on Blixen’s life on …

14402. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

G.B. Edwards

Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of …

14403. Dogeaters

Jessica Hagedorn

“As sharp and fast as a street boy’s razor . . . a rich small feast of a book.”—The New York Times Book Review Welcome to Manila in the turbulent period of the Philippines’ late dictator. It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, …

14404. Babe the Gallant pig

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith’s classic story of Babe the sheep-herding pig is back with a charming new cover to win over a new generation of readers! When Babe arrives at Hogget Farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops. But before long, Babe reveals a talent …

14405. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Laila Lalami

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Laila Lalami's poetic debut, begins with the illegal journey of four Moroccans across the Strait of Gibraltar. Moments away from the shores of Spain, the boat capsizes and the passengers are forced to swim for their lives, and their freedom. …

14406. Possum Magic (A Trumpet Club Special Edition)

Mem Fox

Possum Magic is an award-winning picture book by Australian author Mem Fox. The two main characters are Grandma Poss and Hush. Hush has been made invisible by Grandma to protect her from Australian bush dangers. The story details the duo's adventures as they tour Australia …

14407. The Grandmothers : Four Short Novels

Doris Lessing

The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels is collection of four short stories published in 2003 by 2007 Nobel laureate Doris Lessing. The 2013 Australian-French film Adore is based on the story The Grandmothers.

14408. The Runestaff (aka The Secret of the Runestaff)

Michael Moorcock

The Runestaff is a novel by British author Michael Moorcock, and was first published in 1969 under the title The Secret of the Runestaff. The novel is the fourth in Moorcock's four book The History of the Runestaff series, and the narrative follows on immediately from the …

14409. God's little acre

Erskine Caldwell

God's Little Acre is a 1933 novel by Erskine Caldwell about a dysfunctional farming family in Georgia obsessed with sex and wealth. The novel's sexual themes were so controversial that the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice asked a New York state court to censor it. …

14410. The Master Butchers Singing Club

Louise Cooper

The Master Butchers Singing Club is a 2003 novel by Louise Erdrich. It follows the life of Fidelis Waldvogel and his family, as well as Delphine Watzka and her partner Cyprian, as they adjust in their separate lives in the small town of Argus, North Dakota. Bookended by World …

14411. Night's Master (Tales from the Flat Earth)

Tanith Lee

Night's Master is the first novel in Tales From The Flat Earth by Tanith Lee. It was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979.

14412. Tuareg

Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa

Tuareg is a thriller novel written by Spanish author Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa. This novel was his most critically and commercially successful, with global sales in excess of 5,000,000 copies. It was adapted into a 1984 movie starring Mark Harmon, Tuareg – The Desert Warrior. …

14413. The Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to …

Daniel J. Boorstin

The Seekers is a non-fiction work of cultural history by Daniel Boorstin published in 1998 and is the third and final volume in the "knowledge" trilogy.

14414. The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year

Jay Parini

The Last Station is a novel by Jay Parini that was first published in 1990. It’s the story of the final year in the life of Leo Tolstoy, told from multiple viewpoints, including Tolstoy’s young secretary, Valentin Bulgakov, his wife, Sophia Tolstaya, his daughter Sasha, his …

14416. United States: Essays 1952-ì1992

Gore Vidal

United States: Essays 1952-1992 is a book written by Gore Vidal.

14419. Manalive

G. K. Chesterton

Manalive is a book by G. K. Chesterton detailing a popular theme both in his own philosophy, and in Christianity, of the 'holy fool', such as in Dostoevsky's The Idiot and Cervantes' Don Quixote.

14420. On Human Nature

Edward O. Wilson

On Human Nature is a 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, published in 1978 by Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson. The book tries to explain how different characteristics of humans and society can be explained from the point of view of evolution. He explains how evolution has left its …

14422. Punish the Sinners (Saul, John)

John Saul

Punish the Sinners is a horror novel and the second novel by author John Saul, first published in 1978. The novel concerns a rash of violent suicides at a Catholic High School. Punish the Sinners was the first book with a UPC code on the cover.

14424. Blood Hunt

Ian Rankin

Blood Hunt is a 1995 crime novel by Ian Rankin, under the pseudonym Jack Harvey. It is the third novel he wrote under this name.

14425. Uncle Dynamite (The Collector's Wodehouse)

P. G. Wodehouse

Uncle Dynamite is a novel by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 22 October 1948 by Herbert Jenkins, London and in the United States on 29 November 1948 by Didier & Co., New York. It features the mischievous Uncle Fred, who had previously appeared in …

14426. The Satan Bug

Alistair MacLean

The Satan Bug is a first-person narrative thriller novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean. It was originally published in 1962 under the pseudonym Ian Stuart, and later republished under MacLean's own name.

14428. Under and Alone

William Queen

Under and Alone is a book written by undercover ATF agent William Queen and published by Random House in 2005 which chronicles his infiltration of the violent outlaw motorcycle gang, the Mongols.

14429. Dragons of the Highlord Skies (Dragonlance Novel: …

Margaret Weis

Dragons of the Highlord Skies is a fantasy novel by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, based on the Dragonlance fictional campaign setting. It is the second of the Lost Chronicles trilogy, designed to "fill-in" the gaps in the storyline between the books in the Chronicles trilogy. …

14430. Sunnyside

Glen David Gold

Sunnyside is a historical fiction novel by Glen David Gold.

14431. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Alcoholics Anonymous

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions is a 1953 book, which explains the twenty-four basic principles or Alcoholics Anonymous and their application., and contains a detailed interpretation of principles for personal recovery and group survival. Bill W began work on this project in …

14432. The Under Dog and Other Stories

Agatha Christie

The Under Dog and Other Stories is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1951. The first edition retailed at $2.50. It contains works from the early days of Christie's career, all featuring Hercule Poirot. …

14433. The Tatja Grimm's World

Vernor Vinge

Multiple Hugo Award winner Vernor Vinge's first full-length novelAs a mud-spattered youngster, Tatja quickly realized she was different from the stone-age primitives with whom she grew up. Her insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge could not be quenched among them; she …

14436. Overture to Death

Ngaio Marsh

Overture to Death is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh; it is the eighth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1939. The plot concerns a murder during a village theatrical performance; Sergei Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor plays a prominent part in …

14437. The Normal Christian Life (A C.L.C. Paperback)

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life is a book by Watchman Nee first delivered as a series of addresses to Christian workers who were gathered in Denmark for special meetings in 1938 and 1939. The messages were first published chapter by chapter in the A Witness and A Testimony magazine of …

14438. Confess, Fletch

Gregory Mcdonald

Confess, Fletch is a book written by Gregory Mcdonald.

14439. Bloodline

F. Paul Wilson

Bloodline is the eleventh volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published by Gauntlet Press in a signed limited first edition and later as a trade hardcover from Forge.

14443. The Autumn Castle (Europa series - Book 1)

Kim Wilkins

The Autumn Castle is a 2003 horror/fantasy novel by Kim Wilkins. It follows the story of Christine Starlight who has strong memories of her childhood friend, Mayfridh. Mayfridh was then abducted by the king and queen of a Germanic faeryland and is now on the throne of the Autumn …

14444. The Age of Wire and String: Stories (American …

Ben Marcus

The Age of Wire and String is Ben Marcus's first book, published in 1995. The book is composed of 8 sections, divided into 41 parts, which combine technical language with lyrical imagery to form a sort of Postmodern catalog by turns surreal, fantastic, and self-referential.

14446. Mr. Monster

Daniel Wells

Mr. Monster is a 2010 young adult thriller novel, the sequel to I Am Not a Serial Killer by author Dan Wells. It is the second book in the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy. The book focuses around the dual threats of the conflict between John and his darker side, called "Mr. Monster", …

14447. The life and adventures of Santa Claus

Lyman Frank Baum

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a 1902 children's book, written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Mary Cowles Clark.

14449. The Entropy Effect

Vonda N. McIntyre

The Entropy Effect is a novel by Vonda N. McIntyre set in the fictional Star Trek Universe. It was originally published in 1981 by Pocket Books and is the second in its long-running series of Star Trek novels. It is also the first source to give Sulu and Uhura first names later …

14450. Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls ((Brentford Trilogy …

Robert Rankin

Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls is a novel by the British author Robert Rankin. It is set in Brentford and features John OMally and Jim Pooley.

14451. Red Sky at Morning

Richard Bradford

Red Sky at Morning is a 1968 novel by Richard Bradford. It was made into a 1971 film of the same name. The book follows Josh Arnold, a young man whose family relocates from Mobile, Alabama to Corazon Sagrado, New Mexico during World War II. It was regarded as a "true delight" …

14452. Gilgamesh

Joan London

Gilgamesh, published in 2001, is the first full-length novel written by Joan London. It is inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world's oldest known poem. In 2002, the novel was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was selected as The Age Book of the Year for …

14454. The mystery at the ski jump (Her Nancy Drew mystery …

Carolyn Keene

The Mystery at the Ski Jump is the twenty-ninth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Alma Sasse.

14455. Before Midnight

Rex Stout

Before Midnight is a Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout published in 1955 by the Viking Press. The story was also collected in the omnibus volume Three Trumps.

14456. Storm from the Shadows (Shadows of Honor 3)

David Weber

Storm from the Shadows is a novel by David Weber, released in February 2009, and set in the Honorverse and the second in the Saganami Island series, spun off from the main Honor Harrington series. In this volume, the spin-off series is re-integrated with the main series as …

14457. The Moving Target (American Crime)

Ross Macdonald

The Moving Target is a 1949 mystery novel, written by Ross Macdonald, who at this point used the name "John Macdonald". This is the first Ross Macdonald novel to feature the character of Lew Archer, who would define the author's career. Lew Archer is hired by the dispassionate …

14458. Pilo Family Circus

Will Elliott

The Pilo Family Circus is a 2006 horror novel by Will Elliott.

14459. Havana nocturne : how the mob owned Cuba-- and then …

T. J. English

Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution is a book by T. J. English.

14460. Coroner's Pidgin

Margery Allingham

Coroner's Pidgin is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1945, in the United Kingdom by William Heinemann, London and in the United States by Doubleday Doran, New York as Pearls Before Swine. It is the twelfth novel in the Albert Campion series.

14462. Semper Fi

W. E. B. Griffin

Semper Fi is a book published in 1986 that was written by W. E. B. Griffin.

14463. Nightmare Academy: The Veritas Project

Frank E. Peretti

Nightmare Academy is a 2002 Christian fictional novel by Frank Peretti and the second novel in the Veritas Project series authored by Frank Peretti. The book was one of the ALA's young adult book picks for 2004.

14465. The interruption of everything

Terry McMillan

The Interruption of Everything is a 2005 book written by Terry McMillan.

14466. Extra Credit

Andrew Clements

Extra Credit is a 2009 children's novel written by Andrew Clements. The work was first published on June 23, 2009 through Simon and Schuster and follows a young schoolgirl who is given the option of receiving extra credit by writing to an overseas pen pal in a small Afghanistan …

14467. Murder At the ABA

Isaac Asimov

Murder at the ABA is a mystery novel by Isaac Asimov, following the adventures of a writer and amateur detective named Darius Just, whom Asimov modeled on his friend Harlan Ellison. While attending a convention of the American Booksellers Association, Just discovers the dead …

14468. Ride the Wind

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson is the story of Cynthia Ann Parker's life after she was captured during the Comanche raid on her family's fort. In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with …

14470. The highwayman : a novel of Corona

R. A. Salvatore

The Highwayman is a 2004 novel by R. A. Salvatore set in his world of Corona, as made famous in his DemonWars Saga. The Highwayman tells the story of a young crippled boy named Bransen Garibond. The orphaned son of the Jhesta Tu mystic Sen Wi and the Abellican priest Brother …

14473. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't …

Susan Cain

Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2012: How many introverts do you know? The real answer will probably surprise you. In our culture, which emphasizes group work from elementary school through the business world, everything seems geared toward extroverts. Luckily, …

14475. The Toybee Convector

Ray Bradbury

The Toynbee Convector is a short story collection by Ray Bradbury. Several of the stories are original to this collection. Others originally appeared in the magazines Playboy, Omni, Gallery, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Woman's Day, and Weird Tales.

14477. The Vision of the Anointed Self - Congratulation as …

Thomas Sowell

The Vision of the Anointed is a book by economist and political columnist Thomas Sowell challenging people Sowell calls "Teflon prophets," who predict that there will be future social, economic, or environmental problems in the absence of government intervention. The book was …

14478. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life - mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon …

14480. I Drink for a Reason

David Cross

I Drink for a Reason is a 2009 book by American actor and comedian David Cross. The book features memoirs, satirical fictional memoirs and material from Cross that originally appeared in other publications.

14481. The Oxford companion to philosophy

Ted Honderich

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy is a reference work in philosophy edited by Ted Honderich and published by Oxford University Press in 1995. A second edition was published in 2005 and included some 300 new entries. The new edition has over 2,200 entries and 291 contributors in …

14482. Team rodent : how Disney devours the world

Carl Hiaasen

Team Rodent is a non-fiction book written by Carl Hiaasen about the Walt Disney Company and its stance towards the outside world. The book's primary focus is on non-film related Disney enterprises such as Disney World and their effects on the environment and local culture.

14483. The illuminati papers

Robert Anton Wilson

The Illuminati Papers is a collection of essays and other works by Robert Anton Wilson first published in 1980. The book expands upon characters and themes from his earlier The Illuminatus! Trilogy and most of the essays are written from the point of view of the characters in …

14484. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

James Tiptree, Jr.

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by author James Tiptree, Jr.. It was released in 1990 by Arkham House. It was published in an edition of 4,108 copies and was the author's second book published by Arkham House.

14486. Test-Driven Development by Example

Kent Beck

Test Driven Development: By Example is a book about a software development technique by Kent Beck. Beck's concept of test-driven development centers on two basic rules: Never write a single line of code unless you have a failing automated test. Eliminate duplication. The book …

14488. Hunter of Worlds

Carolyn J. (Carolyn Janice) Cherryh

Hunter of Worlds is a 1977 science fiction novel by science fiction and fantasy author C. J. Cherryh. It was published by DAW Books, first as a Science Fiction Book Club selection through Nelson Doubleday in March 1977 and then in a DAW paperback edition in August of that year. …

14489. The Sleeping Beauty

Mercedes Lackey

The Sleeping Beauty is a novel by Mercedes Lackey, published in 2010 as the fifth book of the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. As in the previous book, The Snow Queen, characters from earlier books are either mentioned or appear as secondary characters

14490. The Gift

Danielle Steel

The Gift is a novel by author Danielle Steel. It is the story of a family in the 1950s coming to terms with the death of a child, that leaves them distorted and broken. It is Steel's 33rd best-seller that is characterized by simplicity and power.

14492. My War Gone by, I Miss It So

Anthony Loyd

Born to a distinguished family steeped in military tradition, raised on stories of wartime and ancestral heroes, Anthony Loyd longed to experience war from the front lines—so he left England at the age of twenty-six to document the conflict in Bosnia. For the following three …

14494. The Beast House

Richard Laymon

The Beast House is a 1986 horror novel by American author Richard Laymon. It is the first sequel to Laymon's 1980 novel The Cellar.

14495. Romanitas: v. 1

Sophia McDougall

Romanitas is an alternate history novel by Sophia McDougall, published by Orion Books. It is the first of a trilogy of novels based on a world where the Roman Empire has survived to contemporary times and now dominates much of the world.

14497. The Demonata Book 5: Blood Beast

Darren Shan

Blood Beast is the fifth book in Darren Shan's The Demonata series and was released 4 June 2007. It is narrated by Grubbs Grady, the narrator of Lord Loss and Slawter. The plot is part of a two-part story, which continues in book six. Though the previous four books have not been …

14498. Myth and Meaning : Cracking the Code of Culture

Claude Lévi-Strauss

Ever since the rise of science and the scientific method in the seventeenth century, we have rejected mythology as the product of superstitious and primitive minds. Only now are we coming to a fuller appreciation of the nature and role of myth in human history. In these five …

14500. Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

Daniel Wallace

Henry Walker was once a world-class magician, performing to sold-out shows in New York. But now he has been reduced to joining Musgrove's Chinese Circus (which at no point in its tour of the deep South has ever included a single Chinese person) as the shambling Negro Magician, …

14501. The Fall of the Towers [Out of the Dead City; The …

Samuel R. Delany

The Fall of the Towers is a trilogy of science fantasy books by Samuel R. Delany. First published in omnibus form in 1970, the trilogy was originally published individually as Captives of the Flame, The Towers of Toron, and City of a Thousand Suns. The first two books were …

14504. The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a …

Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge, subtitled "The Life and Death of a Man of Character", is a novel by British author Thomas Hardy. It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge. The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rural England. Hardy began writing the …

14505. The Father Hunt

Rex Stout

The Father Hunt is a Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1968. "This is the first Nero Wolfe novel in nearly two years," the front flap of the dust jacket reads, "an unusual interval for the productive Rex Stout, who celebrated his eightieth …

14506. Random Acts Of Senseless Violence

Jack Womack

Random Acts of Senseless Violence is a dystopian and speculative fiction novel by Jack Womack.

14507. The Scarlet Ruse

John D. MacDonald

The Scarlet Ruse is the fourteenth novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. The plot revolves around McGee's investigation in to some extremely valuable rare postage stamps which have been stolen.

14509. Capital Crimes (Will Lee 6)

Stuart Woods

Capital Crimes is the sixth novel in the Will Lee series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 2003 by Putnam Publishing. The novel takes place in Washington D. C., a couple years after the events in The Run. The novel continues the story of the Lee family of Delano, …

14511. The Son of Tarzan (Tarzan Series #4)

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Son of Tarzan is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the fourth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was written between January 21 and May 11, 1915, and first published in the magazine All-Story Weekly as a six-part serial from December 4, …

14512. Anna of Byzantium

Tracy Barrett

Anna of Byzantium is a historical novel by Tracy Barrett originally published in 1998.

14513. Bread and roses, too

Katherine Paterson

Bread and Roses, Too is a 2006 children's historical novel written by American novelist Katherine Paterson. Set in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912 in the aftermath of the Lawrence Textile Strike, the book focuses on the Italian-born daughter of mill workers who finds herself …

14514. The Good Master (Puffin Newbery library)

Kate Seredy

The Good Master is a children's novel written and illustrated by Kate Seredy. It was named a Newbery Honor book in 1936. The Good Master is set in the Hungarian countryside before World War I and tells the story of wild young Kate, who goes to live with her Uncle's family when …

14516. Vampire of the Mists: The Ravenloft Covenant

Christie Golden

Vampire of the Mists is the first novel in the Ravenloft books gothic horror series. Written by Christie Golden, it is set both in Waterdeep, a city in the Forgotten Realms world of Dungeons & Dragons, and more prominently, the Demiplane of Dread, location of the Ravenloft …

14517. Fugitive Prince

Janny Wurts

Fugitive Prince is volume four of the Wars of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts. It is also volume one of the Alliance of Light, the third story arc in the Wars of Light and Shadow.

14519. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Barbara Robinson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman who engage in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine, and …

14520. Dragonlord's Justice: #02 Dragon and Phoenix

Joanne Bertin

"Dragon and Phoenix" is the second of the Dragonlord series by Joanne Bertin and was published in 1999. It takes place in a world of truehumans, truedragons, and dragonlords - beings which have both human and dragon souls and can change from human to dragon and vice versa at …

14521. Tied Up in Tinsel

Ngaio Marsh

Tied Up in Tinsel is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh; it is the twenty-seventh novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1972. The novel takes place at a country house in England over the course of a few days during the Christmas season.

14523. Jack the Giant-Killer

Charles de Lint

Jack, the Giant Killer is a contemporary fantasy novel by Charles De Lint. The book is set in present-day Ottawa, but incorporates many elements of fantasy, folklore, and myth. This book was included, along with Drink Down the Moon, in Jack of Kinrowan.

14524. Spiderweb for two

Elizabeth Enright

Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze is a children's novel by Elizabeth Enright, the last of her four books about the Melendy family, preceded by The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake and Then There Were Five. The four Melendy children and their adopted brother Mark live with their …

14525. Tuva or Bust!

Ralph Leighton

Tuva or Bust! is a book by Ralph Leighton about the author and his friend Richard Feynman's attempt to travel to Tuva. The introduction explains how Feynman challenged Leighton, at the time a high school math teacher, "Whatever happened to Tannu Tuva?" Since Feynman had a …

14527. Blood Games

Richard Laymon

Blood Games is a 1992 horror novel by American author Richard Laymon.

14528. The Everafter War

Michael Buckley

The Everafter War is Book 7 of The Sisters Grimm series written by Michael Buckley.

14529. Anna of the five towns

Arnold Bennett

Against a brilliantly observed background of life in the Staffordshire Potteries, ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS is both a novel about a gossipy, myopic, savage community and at its heart a young girl dominated by her miserly father. Bennett's portraitof Anna as a spirited, subtle, …

14532. The foreign student

Philippe Labro

A #1 bestseller in France, this is a nostalgic portrait of a French scholarship student’s discovery of America during the academic year of 1954–1955.I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be American, like any ordinary student, because I figured that was my only chance to survive the …

14533. Dancers in Mourning

Margery Allingham

Dancers in Mourning is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1937, in the United Kingdom by Heinemann, London and in the United States by Doubleday Doran, New York; later U.S. versions used the title Who Killed Chloe?. It is the eighth novel to star the …

14534. It was the war of the trenches

Jacques Tardi

Tardi’s World War I masterpiece finally in English! World War I, that awful, gaping wound in the history of Europe, has long been an obsession of Jacques Tardi’s. (His very first―rejected―comics story dealt with the subject, as does his most recent work, the two-volume Putain de …

14536. Holiday in a coma

Frederic Beigbeder

One night in a Parisian nightclub and the aftermath of a marriage provide the stories for these two novels by Frederic Beigbeder, award-winning author of `Windows on the World'. In `Holiday in a Coma', Marc Marronier, a shallow, superficial, rich Parisian who works as an …

14537. The Bald Soprano

Alec Donald Watson

La Cantatrice Chauve — translated from French as The Bald Soprano or The Bald Prima Donna — is the first play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco. Nicolas Bataille directed the premiere on 11 May 1950 at the Théâtre des Noctambules, Paris. Since 1957 it has been …

14538. Ruy Blas

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo's romantic melodrama Ruy Blas was first performed in 1838 for the opening of the Theatre de la Renaissance. There was a revival at the Odeon with Sarah Bernhardt in 1872, and at the Theatre-Francais in 1879. Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a novelist, poet, and …

14540. beautiful Mrs. Seidenman

Andrzej Szczypiorski

In the Nazi-occupied Warsaw of 1943, Irma Seidenman, a young Jewish widow, possesses two attributes that can spell the difference between life and death: she has blue eyes and blond hair. With these, and a set of false papers, she has slipped out of the ghetto, passing as the …

14541. Une Page d'amour

Emile Zola

Rougon-Macquart, volume 8: There can be no doubt in the mind of the judicial critic that in the pages of "A Love Episode" ("Une page d'amour") the reader finds more of the poetical, more of the delicately artistic, more of the subtle emanation of creative and analytical genius, …

14543. The Lawless (The Kent Crhonicles, 7)

John Jakes

The Lawless is a historical novel written by John Jakes and originally published in 1978. It is book seven in a series known as the Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series. The novel mixes fictional characters with historical events and figures, to tell the …

14544. Keeper

Kathi Appelt

Keeper was born in the ocean, and she believes she is part mermaid. So as a ten-year-old she goes out looking for her mother—an unpredictable and uncommonly gorgeous woman who swam away when Keeper was three—and heads right for the ocean, right for the sandbar where mermaids are …

14545. Peony (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck Series)

Pearl S. Buck

Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid -- an awkward role in which she is more than a servant, but less than a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them …

14546. Black Widowers 1: Tales of the Black Widowers

Isaac Asimov

Tales of the Black Widowers is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov, featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in June 1974, and in paperback by the Fawcett Crest imprint …

14547. La Chatte

Colette

La Chatte is a short novel by French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Released in 1933, the book tells of a love triangle involving Camille Malmert, her husband Alain Amparat and his Chartreux cat Saha. Camille loves Alain, but Alain loves his cat, whom he has had from …

14548. The Holocaust Industry

Norman Finkelstein

It was not until the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, when Israel’s evident strength brought it into line with US foreign policy, that memory of the Holocaust began to acquire the exceptional prominence it enjoys today. Leaders of America’s Jewish community were delighted that Israel …

14549. Sayonara

James A. Michener

Sayonara, is a novel published by American author James A. Michener. Set during the early 1950s, it tells the story of Major Gruver, a soldier stationed in Japan, who falls in love with Hana-Ogi, a Japanese woman. The novel follows their cross-cultural Japanese romance and …

14550. Nostradamus Ate My Hamster

Robert Rankin

Nostradamus Ate My Hamster is a fantasy novel by British author Robert Rankin. In it, several seemingly unconnected and nonsensical events come together to make perfect clarity at the end; these include time travel and an attempted alien invasion vaguely orchestrated by Hitler. …

14552. Colour Scheme

Ngaio Marsh

Colour Scheme is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh; it is the twelfth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1943. The novel takes place in New Zealand during World War II; the plot involves suspected Nazi activity at a hot springs resort on the coast of New …

14556. Becoming Jane

Jon Spence

Becoming Jane Austen was researched and written by the Jane Austen scholar Jon Hunter Spence. Becoming Jane Austen was first published in hardcover by Hambledon Continuum in 2003. It chronicles the early life of Jane Austen, the encounters and the developing relationship between …

14557. Wolf Solent

John Cowper Powys

Wolf Solent is a novel by John Cowper Powys published in 1929. This, Powys's fourth novel, was his first literary success. It is a bildungsroman in which the eponymous protagonist, a thirty-four-year-old history teacher, returns to his birthplace, where he discovers the …

14558. Land of Marvels

Barry Unsworth

Land of Marvels is a historical novel by the author Barry Unsworth. It is set in Mesopotamia on the eve of the first world war.

14559. Brillant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch …

David Winner

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football is a book by David Winner, first published in 2000. It looks at the development of football in the Netherlands from the 1960s onwards, and at how the footballing culture reflected changes in wider Dutch culture. The book …

14560. The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart …

Jeff Sharlet

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power is a 2008 book by American journalist Jeff Sharlet. The book investigates the political power of The Family or The Fellowship, a secretive fundamentalist Christian association led by Douglas Coe. Sharlet has …

14561. Christopher and His Kind

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher and His Kind is a memoir by Christopher Isherwood, published in 1976 and covering the actual events and experiences of his life between 1929 and 1939, including his years in Berlin, the source of inspiration for some of his most famous novels, such as Goodbye to …

14562. Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a …

14563. The Hamilton case

Michelle de Kretser

The Hamilton Case is a 2003 novel by Australian author Michelle de Kretser. The book won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Encore Award. The work centres on the lives of the somewhat eccentric Obeysekere family, in particular Sam, and the 1930s setting explores themes of …

14565. Scenes of Clerical Lif

George Eliot

Scenes of Clerical Life is the title under which George Eliot's first published fictional work, a collection of three short stories, was released in book form, and the first of her works to be released under her famous pseudonym. The stories were first published in Blackwood's …

14568. Grain of Wheat Classic Edition

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

A Grain of Wheat is a novel by Kenyan novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. It was written while he was studying at Leeds University and first published in 1967 by Heinemann. The title is taken from the Gospel According to St. John, 12:24. The novel weaves together several stories set …

14570. Parade's End

Ford Madox Ford

Parade's End is a tetralogy by the English novelist and poet Ford Madox Ford published between 1924 and 1928. It is set mainly in England and on the Western Front in the First World War, in which Ford had served as an officer in the Welch Regiment, a life vividly depicted in the …

14571. Heart of Darkness & Other Stories

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness is a novella by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, in the heart of Africa, by the story's narrator Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England. …

14575. The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World

Harlan Ellison

Fifteen masterpieces of speculative short fiction, including Hugo and Nebula Award–winning stories from the acclaimed author of Shatterday. “These are not stories that should be forgotten; and some of you are about to read them for the first time . . . I envy you.” —Neil …

14576. The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara

The Collected Works of Frank O'Hara is collection of poems written by Frank O'Hara.

14577. The Pathfinder

James Fenimore Cooper

The Pathfinder is James Fenimore Cooper's fourth novel in the Leatherstocking Tales series. It is set before the time depicted in The Last of the Mohicans and it features the beloved popular character Natty Bumppo.To anyone who has read Cooper's previous books, Natty's …

14578. Moonchild: a Prologue

Aleister Crowley

Moonchild is a novel written by the British occultist Aleister Crowley in 1917. Its plot involves a magical war between a group of white magicians, led by Simon Iff, and a group of black magicians over an unborn child. It was first published by Mandrake Press in 1923 and its …

14579. The Insult

Rupert Thomson

The Insult is a novel by Rupert Thomson. The novel describes the life of Martin Blom, who is shot while walking to his car and consequently goes blind. While being treated in a clinic, he seemingly regains his vision, but only at night. While his doctors assure him he has …

14580. Gold

Dan Rhodes

Gold is a novel by British author Dan Rhodes published in March 2007 by Canongate. It won the inaugural Clare Maclean Prize for Scottish Fiction and has since been published in four other languages. It was also one of the 'best books of 2007' according to critics at The …

14584. The Deportees And Other Stories

Roddy Doyle

The Deportees and Other Stories is the first short story collection by Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle first published by Jonathan Cape in 2007. All the stories were written for Metro Éireann, a multicultural paper aimed at Ireland's immigrant population and explore …

14585. The Memory of Whiteness : A Scientific Romance

Kim Stanley Robinson

The Memory of Whiteness is a science fiction novel written by Kim Stanley Robinson and published in 1985. It shares with the Mars trilogy a focus on human colonization of the solar system and depicts a grand tour that travels from the outer planets inward toward the Sun, …

14586. The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Wraeththu)

Storm Constantine

The wraiths of will and pleasure is a book published in 2003 that was written by Storm Constantine.

14587. The Death of a President

William Manchester

The Death of a President: November 20–November 25, 1963 is historian William Manchester's 1967 account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The book gained public attention before it was published when Kennedy's widow Jacqueline, who had initially asked Manchester to write …

14590. The Lord of the Rings: Appendices

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of the …

14591. Final Reckoning: The Fate of Bester (Babylon 5: Psi …

Greg Keyes

Babylon 5: Final Reckoning – The Fate of Bester is a Babylon 5 novel by J. Gregory Keyes.

14592. The Four Feathers

A. E. W. Mason

The Four Feathers is a 1902 adventure novel by British writer A. E. W. Mason that has inspired many films of the same title. In December 1901, Cornhill Magazine announced the title as one of two new serial stories to be published in the forthcoming year. Against the background …

14593. Picture This

Joseph Heller

Picture This is a 1988 novel from Joseph Heller, the satiric author of the acclaimed Catch-22. The novel is an eclectic historical journey across three periods of history, all connected by a single painting: Rembrandt van Rijn's Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer. With …

14594. Le papillon des étoiles

Бернард Вербер

Le Papillon des étoiles is a 2006 novel by French author Bernard Werber.

14595. Firethorn

Sarah Micklem

Introducing a mesmerizing debut in the rich tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley–a passionate tale of love and war, honor and vengeance, in which the gods grant a common girl uncommon gifts…Before she was Firethorn, she was Luck, named for her red hair, favored by the goddess of …

14599. God and the State

Michael Bakunin

God and the State is the best-known literary work of the Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin.

14600. Washington: A Life

Ron Chernow

Washington: A Life is a 2010 biography of George Washington, the first President of the United States, written by American historian and biographer Ron Chernow. The book is a "one-volume, cradle-to-grave narrative" that attempts to provide a fresh portrait of Washington as …



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