The most popular books in English
from 20801 to 21000

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.

20801. Yes Please

Amy Poehler

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of …

20802. The Murderess (New York Review of Books Classics)

Alexandros Papadiamantis

The Murderess is a bone-chilling tale of crime and punishment with the dark beauty of a backwoods ballad. Set on the dirt-poor Aegean island of Skiathos, it is the story of Hadoula, an old woman living on the margins of society and at the outer limits of respectability. Hadoula …

20803. Dead Man's Hand

George Martin

Dead Man's Hand is the seventh volume in the Wild Cards shared universe series edited by George R. R. Martin. Like the previous volume in the series, this volume uses the format of a mosaic novel, where several writers write individual storylines which were then edited together …

20804. Schopenhauer's Telescope

Gerard Donovan

Schopenhauer's Telescope is the debut novel of Irish novelist and poet Gerard Donovan. Published in 2003, the book received general acclaim, appearing on the long list for the Man Booker Prize and garnering the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award the following year. In 2005, the …

20810. You Can Negotiate Anything

Herb Cohen

You Can Negotiate Anything, first published in 1982, is a book on negotiation by Herb Cohen. The book became a bestseller on the New York Times list. It is written in a storytelling way and explains concepts and strategies of negotiation.

20811. Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing

Benjamin Nugent

Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing is a biography of musician Elliott Smith by Benjamin Nugent. It was published by Da Capo Press on October 30, 2004, just past the one-year anniversary of Smith's death. The book contains interviews with two of the musician's producers, Rob …

20814. Tom Sawyer, Detective

Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer, Detective is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain. It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a prequel to Tom Sawyer Abroad. Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels …

20815. Under a Velvet Cloak

Piers Anthony

Under a Velvet Cloak is a fantasy novel by Piers Anthony. It is the last of eight books in the Incarnations of Immortality series. It follows the adventures of the Incarnation of Night. Summary It is the year 500 AD. Kerena, a beautiful young girl living near King Arthur's …

20819. Mr. Potter

Jamaica Kincaid

Mr. Potter is a novel by Antiguan born writer Jamaica Kincaid. The book has twelve parts with no title and the author narrates how it is to be a girl that grew without having a father and how this fact reflected on her. Prose and poem are mixed in this memoir, so the genre is …

20820. Almuric

Robert E. Howard

Almuric is a science fiction novel by Robert E. Howard. It was originally serialized in three parts in the magazine Weird Tales beginning in May 1939. The novel was first published in book form in 1964 by Ace Books. The novel features a muscular hero known on earth as Esau …

20822. Fathers and Crows

William T. Vollmann

Fathers and Crows is a 1992 historical novel by the American author William T. Vollmann. It is the second book in a seven-book series called Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes. Fathers and Crows explores the encounters and conflicts between French Jesuit …

20824. Armance

Stendhal

Armance is a romance novel set during the Bourbon Restoration by Stendhal, published anonymously in 1827. It was Stendhal's first novel, though he had published essays and critical works on literature, art, and travel since 1815.

20825. The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

Charles Rosen

The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven is a book by American pianist and author Charles Rosen. The book analyses the evolution of style during the Classical period of classical music as it was developed through the works of Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and …

20826. Who Goes There?

John W. Campbell

Who Goes There? is a science fiction novella by John W. Campbell, Jr., written under the pen name Don A. Stuart. It was first published in the August 1938 Astounding Science-Fiction. In 1973 the story was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the finest …

20827. Incident at Hawk's Hill

Allan W. Eckert

Incident at Hawk's Hill is a Newbery Honor book by naturalist and writer Allan W. Eckert published in 1971. Supposedly based on a true event, it is an historical fiction novel centering on a six-year-old boy who gets lost on the Canadian prairie and survives thanks to a mother …

20828. War and Peace

Lev Nikolaevič Tolstoj

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 …

20830. Betsey Brown

Ntozake Shange

Betsey Brown is an African-American literature novel by Ntozake Shange, published in 1985.

20831. More Pricks Than Kicks

Samuel Beckett

More Pricks Than Kicks is a collection of short prose by Samuel Beckett, first published in 1934. It contains extracts from his earlier novel, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, as well as other short stories. The stories chart the life of the book's main character, Belacqua …

20833. Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a …

James B. Stewart

Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder is a book by James B. Stewart.

20836. The Essence of the Thing

Madeleine St John

The Essence of the Thing is a novel written by Madeleine St John.

20837. Zorgamazoo

Robert Paul Weston

Zorgamazoo is Canadian children's author Robert Paul Weston's first novel. The work is a fantasy adventure, written entirely in rhyming anapestic tetrameter. The story follows a young girl named Katrina Katrell, who runs away from home when her guardian threatens her with a …

20838. Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

Peter Vronsky

A comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers such as:“Co-ed Killer” Ed Kemper • The BTK Killer • “Highway Stalker” Henry Lee Lucas • Monte Ralph Rissell • “Shoe Fetish Slayer” Jerry …

20839. One For Sorrow

Christopher Barzak

One for Sorrow is a coming-of-age novel by the American writer Christopher Barzak. In 2014 it was adapted into the feature film Jamie Marks is Dead and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Carter Smith, the film's actors include Liv Tyler, Judy Greer, Cameron …

20840. Tetrabiblos

Ptolemy

Tetrabiblos 'four books', also known in Greek as Apotelesmatiká "Effects", and in Latin as Quadripartitum "Four Parts", is a text on the philosophy and practice of astrology, written in the 2nd century AD by the Alexandrian scholar Claudius Ptolemy. Ptolemy's Almagest was an …

20842. The Lost World

Michael Crichton

The Lost World is a techno thriller novel written by Michael Crichton and published in 1995 by Knopf. A paperback edition followed in 1996. It is a sequel to his earlier novel Jurassic Park. In 1997, both novels were re-published as a single book titled Michael Crichton's …

20843. A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. …

Mary Rowlandson

Mary Rowlandson was a colonial American woman who was captured during an attack by Native Americans during King Philip's War and held ransom for 11 weeks. After being released, she wrote A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, also known as The …

20847. Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the …

Stephen Jay Gould

Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle is a 1987 history of geology by Stephen Jay Gould offering a historical account of the conceptualization of Deep Time and uniformitarianism using the works of Thomas Burnet, James Hutton, and Charles Lyell.

20849. Dr. Ox's Experiment

Jules Verne

"Dr. Ox's Experiment" is a short story by the French writer and pioneer of science-fiction, Jules Verne, published in 1872. It describes an experiment by one Dr. Ox and his assistant Gedeon Ygene. A prosperous scientist Dr. Ox offers to build a novel gas lighting system to an …

20850. Portrait of Jennie

Robert Nathan

Portrait of Jennie is a novella written by Robert Nathan, first published in 1940. This story combines romance, fantasy, mystery, and the supernatural. The most successful of Nathan's books, it is considered a modern masterpiece of fantasy fiction. Judith Merril called Portrait …

20851. The Cosmic Landscape

Leonard Susskind

The Cosmic Landscape is a non-fiction popular science book on the anthropic principle and string theory landscape. It is written by theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind. The book was initially published by Little, Brown and Company on December 12, 2005.

20853. Tatham Mound

Piers Anthony

Tatham Mound is a 1991 fantasy-historical novel written by Piers Anthony. The story tells of Throat Shot, a member of the Floridian Toco tribe, and his quest to prevent an unknown danger from harming his people. The story was inspired by finds at Tatham Mound, located near the …

20855. Beware, The Snowman

R. L. Stine

Moving to the tiny mountain village of Sherpia, twelve-year-old Jaclyn takes a hike to look for kids her own age and is warned by an old man to beware the monstrous snowman that lives at the top of the mountain.

20856. Uller Uprising

H. Beam Piper

Uller Uprising is a book published in 1952 that was written by H. Beam Piper.

20858. Foreign words

Vassilis Alexakis

Foreign Words is a novel by Greek author Vassilis Alexakis that tells the story of middle-aged writer Nicolaides and his decision to learn the African language Sango following the death of his father. The novel was originally published in 2002 in France as Les mots étrangers, …

20861. Perchance to Dream

Robert B. Parker

Perchance to Dream is a detective crime novel by Robert B. Parker, written as an authorized sequel to The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. Following his post-mortem collaboration with Chandler on Poodle Springs, this 1991 release is the second and final Philip Marlowe novel …

20862. David and the Phoenix

Edward Ormondroyd

David and the Phoenix is a 1957 children's novel about a young boy's adventures with a Phoenix. The first book written by American author Edward Ormondroyd, it is a tale of friendship between two different species—a young boy and a mythical bird—and focuses on David's education …

20863. Throy

Jack Vance

Throy is a 1992 science fiction novel by Jack Vance, the final work in the Cadwal Chronicles, a trilogy set in Vance's Gaean Reach. The preceding novels are Araminta Station and Ecce and Old Earth.

20866. Largo desolato

Václav Havel

Largo Desolato is a semi-autobiographical play by Václav Havel about a political dissident, Leopold Nettles, who fears being sent to prison for his writing. Leopold faces mounting pressure from his friends, admirers and colleagues; these pressures in addition to ongoing state …

20867. Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

Joyce Sidman

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems is a book written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange.

20871. Girls under Pressure

Jacqueline Wilson

Girls under Pressure is the second book in the Girls series, written by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, a noted English author who writes fiction for children. It was published in 1998, the sequel to Girls in Love and followed by Girls out Late. It is aimed at pre-teen and teenage …

20876. Sten Adventures Book 2: The Wolf Worlds

Chris Bunch

The Wolf Worlds is the second book of The Sten Adventures by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole.

20879. The Sunnydale High Yearbook

Christopher Golden

Sunnydale High Yearbook is a tie-in book based on the United States television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the series, the closing shot of the episode "Graduation Day, Part Two" shows the fictional yearbook this tie-in was modeled after.

20880. Smile, You're Traveling

Henry Rollins

Smile, You're Traveling is the third book in the Black Coffee Blues trilogy by Henry Rollins. It includes portions of his travel journal from 1997–1998 which includes personal encounters of spending time with the band Black Sabbath, a vacation to Africa, and trips elsewhere as …

20881. Mosaic

Jeri Taylor

Mosaic is a novel based on the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. It was written by Jeri Taylor, who was executive producer of the show for the first five seasons, and was published by Pocket Books in 1996. The novel describes the backstory of Captain …

20885. Histoires Naturelles

Jules Renard

The natural world in all its richness, glimpsed variously in the house, the barnyard, and the garden, in ponds and streams, and at large in the woods and the fields, including old friends like the dog, the cat, the cow, and the pig, along with more unusual and sometimes alarming …

20886. A Many-Splendoured Thing

Han Suyin

A Many-Splendoured Thing is a novel by Han Suyin. It was made into the 1955 film Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, which also inspired a famous song. In her autobiographical work, My House Has Two Doors, she evinced no interest in even watching the film in Singapore, where it ran …

20887. Finding Myself

Toby Litt

Dear Friend, How would you like to come - this August - and stay, completely free, in a lovely seaside house I've rented? Good food and plenty of alcohol will also be provided, gratis. But (you knew there'd be a but) afterwards you must allow me to write up the events of the …

20888. Colomba

Prosper Mérimée

Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870) was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen. He studied law as well as Greek, Spanish, English, and Russian. He was the first …

20889. Two Cats, Three Tales

Lilian Jackson Braun

Prize-winning reporter Jim Qwilleran and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum always land on their feet. This special volume includes the first three books in the series.The Cat Who Could Read Backwards: Modern art is a mystery to many-but for Jim Qwilleran and Koko …

20891. Kaput & Zosky

Lewis Trondheim

Would-be world conquerors Kaput and Zosky are at the pinnacle of their careers. So why does victory always slip from their grasp? On one planet the natives surrender to Kaput and Zosky without a fight – where's the fun in that? On another, Kaput finds that he's won the lottery – …

20892. Nine Fairy Tales and One More Thrown in for Good …

Karel Capek

Karel Capek, author of the acclaimed War with the Newts, is one of the great Czechoslovak writers of the twentieth century. These fairy tales bear Capek's combination of the fantastic and the satirical, offering fairies, elves, and talking animals alongside references to …

20895. Elements of Semiology

Roland Barthes

Elements of Semiology is a compendium-like text by French semiotician Roland Barthes, originally published under the title of "Éléments de Sémiologie" in the French review Communications. The English translation by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith has been published independently …

20897. Syden

Are Kalvø

20901. Theory of War

Joan Brady

Theory of War is a 1992 novel by American-British writer Joan Brady. It took her ten years to write but was rejected by her US agent. It was then published by UK publisher Andre Deutsch to 'rapturous reviews' It has been compared to the writing of John Steinbeck, Jack London and …

20902. Staring at the sun : overcoming the terror of death

Irvin D. Yalom

Written in Irv Yalom's inimitable story-telling style, Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality. In this magisterial opus, capping a lifetime of work and personal experience, Dr. Yalom helps us recognize that the fear of death …

20903. The Transparent Society

David Brin

The Transparent Society is a non-fiction book by the science-fiction author David Brin in which he forecasts social transparency and some degree of erosion of privacy, as it is overtaken by low-cost surveillance, communication and database technology, and proposes new …

20904. Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World

Donald Antrim

Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World is a 1993 novel by American author Donald Antrim. It is Antrim's first published novel. The novel depicts the grisly, and occasionally surreal misadventures of a downsized schoolteacher, Pete Robinsion, in a vaguely post-apocalyptic America.

20906. Onitsha

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio

Onitsha is a novel by French Nobel laureate writer J. M. G. Le Clézio. It was originally published in French in 1991 and an English translation was released in 1997.

20911. The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky

Ken Dornstein

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky is a 2006 memoir by Ken Dornstein about his older brother David Dornstein, who was killed in the Pan Am 103 bombing on December 21, 1988. David had dreamed of becoming a great writer, but died at the age of 25 without having published anything. …

20912. Rumpole and the Age of Miracles

John Mortimer

Rumpole and the Age of Miracles is a 1988 collection of short stories by John Mortimer about defence barrister Horace Rumpole. They were adapted from his scripts for the TV series of the same name. The stories were: "Rumpole and Portia" "Rumpole and the Age of Miracles" "Rumpole …

20913. Panther in the Basement

Amos Oz

Panther in the Basement is a 1998 novel by Israeli author Amos Oz.

20914. My Friends

Emmanuel Bove

Bove's tale of a World War I veteran living in postwar Paris, searching for friendship and warmth, is an ironic, entertaining masterpiece by one of France's favorite authors. My Friends is Emmanuel Bove’s first and most famous book, and it begins simply, though unusually, …

20916. The Dig

John Preston

A brilliantly realised account of the most famous archeological dig in British history, now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James. 'Exquisitely original' Ian MacEwan 'An enthralling story of love and loss' Robert Harris In the long hot …

20923. 45

Bill Drummond

45 is a non-fiction book by Bill Drummond, referred to by The Guardian as a "charmingly barking [mad] memoir". It collects various short stories written by Drummond between 1997 and 1998.

20925. The Street of Crocodiles

Bruno Schulz

The Street of Crocodiles is a 1934 collection of short stories written by Bruno Schulz. First published in Polish, the collection was translated into English by Celina Wieniewska in 1963.

20928. Campos De Castilla (Spanish Texts)

Antonio Machado

A thoroughly edited text of one of 20th-century Spain's most famous volumes of poetry. An introduction offers an in-depth commentary on Machado's themes, techniques and metaphysical manner. In addition to examining the various influences on his work - Krausism, Bergsonism and …

20929. Nightfall and Other Stories

Isaac Asimov

Nightfall and Other Stories is an anthology book compiling twenty previously published science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov. Asimov added a brief introduction to each story, explaining some aspect of the story's history and/or how it came to be written. The main …

20930. Falcon and the Snowman:A True Story of Friendship …

Robert Lindsey

Falcon and the Snowman:A True Story of Friendship and Espionage is a book written by Robert Lindsey.

20931. The Pirates of Malaysia

Emilio Salgari

The Pirates of Malaysia is an exotic adventure novel written by Italian author Emilio Salgari, published in 1896. It features his most famous character, Sandokan, and is a sequel to The Tigers of Mompracem. Salgari used as a source the book A Visit to the Indian Archipelago in …

20932. Breakpoint

Richard A. Clarke

Breakpoint is a cyberpunk science fiction novel by former United States intelligence and counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke. It is his second novel. The book paints a dystopic prediction of the future.

20940. The Queen of the Swords

Michael Moorcock

The Queen of the Swords is a book published in 1971 that was written by Michael Moorcock.

20942. Too Much Money

Dominick Dunne

Too Much Money is the last novel written by Dominick Dunne, published posthumously in the year of his death 2009. A roman a clef, its protagonist, August Bailey, is an alter ego of the author.

20946. Sir Nigel

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Nigel is a historical novel set during the early phase of the Hundred Years' War, spanning the years 1350 to 1356, by the British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Written in 1906, it is a prequel to Doyle's earlier novel The White Company, and describes the early life of that …

20957. Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

Giles Foden

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: The Bizarre Battle for Lake Tanganyika is the fourth book by author Giles Foden. It was published in 2004 by Michael Joseph. The United States edition, published in 2005 by Knopf, is entitled Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure: The Bizarre Battle of Lake …

20959. Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość

Jacek Dukaj

Perfect Imperfection: First third of progress is a science fiction novel published in 2004 by the Polish science fiction writer Jacek Dukaj as the first part of a planned trilogy. It was published in Poland by Wydawnictwo Literackie. The novel received the prime Polish award for …

20966. The Wedding

Stanisław Wyspiański

The Wedding is a defining work of Polish drama written at the turn of the 20th century by Stanisław Wyspiański. It describes the perils of the national drive toward self-determination following the two unsuccessful uprisings against the Partitions of Poland, in November 1830 and …

20981. Fearless

Tim Lott

A Whitbread Award-winning novelist tells a chilling dystopian tale about a heroic girl prepared to risk everything in the pursuit of justice.In the not-too-distant future, the world is safe from terrorists, the streets are clean, and girls labeled "juvies" or "mindcrips" have …

20987. Street of Shadows

Michael Reaves

Street of Shadows is the second book in Michael Reaves' series Coruscant Nights. It was released on August 26, 2008.

20988. The Night Land

William Hope Hodgson

The Night Land is a classic horror novel by William Hope Hodgson, first published in 1912. As a work of fantasy it belongs to the Dying Earth subgenre. Hodgson also published a much shorter version of the novel, entitled The Dream of X. The importance of The Night Land was …

20992. Christopher Unborn

Carlos Fuentes

Christopher Unborn is the tenth novel by the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. Originally published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica in 1987, the first U.S. edition was published in 1989 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. The basic structure of the work, including the story of the …

20999. Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages

Manuel Puig

Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages is a 1980 novel by Argentine novelist Manuel Puig. As in other works by Puig, the story is formally experimental, consisting of mostly unattributed dialogue, digressing into stories within stories. It also bears many of Puig favorite …



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