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.

25601. A Little Party Dress: Lyric Essays

Christian Bobin

Childhood, the pleasures of reading, loss, and joy are among the subjects featured in this collection of nine essays. In the fusing of memoir, short story, and reflective essay genres along with the spiritual exposé of modern life, this meditative prose examines spirituality and …

25602. Letters of Two Brides

Honoré de Balzac

Webster's edition of this classic is organized to expose the reader to a maximum number of synonyms and antonyms for difficult and often ambiguous English words that are encountered in other works of literature, conversation, or academic examinations. Extremely rare or …

25604. Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!

Joann Sfar

Jeffrey the jerk is a bully and everyone knows it. Little Vampire isn't about to stand around and watch him pick on his best friend, Michael. There's only one thing to do: Travel to the highest mountain and seek kung fu lessons from the master...

25611. The Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of …

Georges Perec

A novel that dispenses with the normal rules for literary composition.

25612. Tom is dead

Marie Darrieussecq

From the bestselling author of Pig Tales, a suspense novel about grief.The narrator's son has been dead for ten years; he was four and a half. To stop herself from forgetting, she tries to write Tom's story, the story of his death. It will lead her—and the reader—to the …

25613. Until tonight

Laure Adler

On 13th July, 2000, Laure Adler almost collided with a lorry and was lucky to escape unharmed. That evening, she took off the watch her partner had given her and stared at its inscription, "a ce soir" - until tonight. Although the watch was broken and the face had misted over, …

25614. Good Intentions

Agnès Desarthe

With her husband Julien away on business much of the time, and now a second child on the way, Sonia finds herself drawn into the darker corners of life in her block. She finds herself sucked speedily into the maelstrom of two neighbours' sordid lethargy and ordinary cruelty.

25615. Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer

Andreï Makine

A moving novel, telling of the longing and devastation that happen when both dreams and realities come crashing down.

25616. Sixth Grade

Susie Morgenstern

Margot’s been accepted to Pine Tree Junior High! Now it’s on to the big time. But there’s so much that needs to be done—Margot’s entire family feels the upheaval. Margot’s sister Anne, doesn’t make matters any easier: "Anyone would think you were the only kid in the world going …

25617. George Steiner at the New Yorker (New Directions …

George Steiner

An education in a portmanteau: George Steiner at The New Yorker collects his best work from his more than 150 pieces for the magazine. Between 1967 and 1997, George Steiner wrote more than 130 pieces on a great range of topics for The New Yorker, making new books, difficult …

25618. aration

Dan Franck

His first clue comes when his wife stops holding his hand in public. The second comes when she starts avoiding him at home. After the clues comes the certainty: his wife is in love with another man. After that, the only question is when she will leave him -- and whether he will …

25619. Nothing Serious

Justine Lévy

Nothing Serious is a 2005 novel by French writer Justine Lévy. The novel presents an insight into the breakdown of marriage and its consequences. The story is a thinly-disguised account of Carla Bruni's affair with Justine's then-husband Raphaël Enthoven, a philosophy professor, …

25622. The Immobile Empire

Alain Peyrefitte

The Immobile Empire is the English translation of L'empire Immobile, Ou, Le Choc Des Mondes: Récit Historique, a book of history published in French 1989 by the French politician and writer Alain Peyrefitte and translated into English in 1992. The book gives a sweeping narrative …

25631. Men of Maize

Miguel Ángel Asturias

Men of Maize is a 1949 novel by Guatemalan Nobel Prize in Literature winner Miguel Ángel Asturias. The novel is usually considered to be Asturias's masterpiece, yet remains one of the least understood novels produced by Asturias. The title Hombres de maíz refers to the Maya …

25632. The Color of Summer

Reinaldo Arenas

The Color of Summer is a book that was written by Reinaldo Arenas.

25657. La Tumba

José Agustín

La Tumba is a 1964 controversial novel written in Spanish by José Agustín. It is a short novel, originally written as a series of tales in a literary workshop. Some people rejected the novel because it freely touched topics like abortion and sex, but the writers' community …

25660. A Floating City

Jules Verne

A Floating City is an adventure novel by French writer Jules Verne first published in 1871. It tells of a woman who, on board the ship Great Eastern with her abusive husband, finds that the man she loves is also on board.

25674. The Island of Eternal Love

Daína Chaviano

The Island of Eternal Love is a novel by Cuban author Daína Chaviano. The plot is a family saga that takes place along two parallel lines: one during our time and another that begins in the 1850s. The modern story revolves around the paranormal investigations of Cecilia, a young …

25676. César Birotteau

Honoré de Balzac

Histoire de la grandeur et de la décadence de César Birotteau or César Birotteau, is an 1837 novel by Honoré de Balzac as part of his series La Comédie humaine. Its main character is a Parisian perfumier who achieves success in the cosmetics business, but becomes bankrupt due to …

25678. Monsieur Vénus: Roman Materialiste (Texts and …

Rachilde

When the rich and well-connected Raoule de Vénérande becomes enamored of Jacques Silvert, a poor young man who makes artificial flowers for a living, she turns him into her mistress and eventually into her wife. Raoule's suitor, a cigar-smoking former hussar officer, becomes an …

25686. Antigones: How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in …

George Steiner

Antigones: How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in Western Literature, Art, and Thought is a book by George Steiner.

25702. The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood

Diana McLellan

The Girls: Sappho Goes To Hollywood is a 2000 book by Diana McLellan that speculates on a romance between Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. The Observer found it "purely speculative" and "uncorroborated". Kirkus found it "lively". Publishers Weekly was more approving, saying …

25719. Hate

Tristan Garcia

In a controversial first novel that took the French literary world by storm and won the Prix de Flore, Tristan Garcia uses sex, friendships, and love affairs to show what happens to people when political ideals―Marxism, gay rights, sexual liberation, nationalism―come to an end. …

25722. Elementary Structures of Kinship 2d ed

Claude Lévi-Strauss

Professor Lévi-Strauss’s first major work, Les Structures élémentaires de la Parenté, has acquired a classic reputation since its original publication in 1949; and it has become the constant focus of academic debate about central theoretical concerns in social anthropology. It …

25726. Justicia global

Che Guevara

Justicia global is a book written by Che Guevara.

25733. Irene's Cunt

Louis Aragon

Irene's Cunt is a short erotic novel written by the French poet and novelist Louis Aragon under the pseudonym Albert de Routisie, first published in 1928. Its title is rendered in English variously as Irene or Irene's Cunt. Jean-Jacques Pauvert has called the novel "one of the …

25737. Security, Territory, Population

Michel Foucault

Security, Territory, Population is a part of a lecture series by French philosopher Michel Foucault at the Collège de France between 1977 and 1978 and published posthumously based on audio recordings. In it, Foucault examines the notion of biopolitics as a new technology of …

25739. Gypsy in Amber

Martin Cruz Smith

Gypsy in Amber is a 1971 mystery novel by Martin Cruz Smith as "Martin Smith". It was first published on January 1, 1971 through Putnam and was Smith's second novel and first mystery novel. Gypsy in Amber was nominated for an Edgar Award. The novel was optioned for a television …

25745. Pubis Angelical

Manuel Puig

Pubis Angelical is a 1979 novel by acclaimed Argentine novelist Manuel Puig. It is perhaps Puig's work most influenced by pop culture. This can be seen in the montage imitating narrative technique, soap opera and science fiction elements. Also like other Puig works, it deals …

25787. Mathias Sandorf

Jules Verne

Mathias Sandorf was an 1885 adventure book by French writer Jules Verne. It was first serialized in Le Temps in 1885, and it was Verne's epic Mediterranean adventure. It employs many of the devices that had served well in his earlier novels: islands, cryptograms, surprise …

25799. El ruido de las cosas al caer (Premio Alfaguara 2011)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The Sound of Things Falling is the third novel of Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Originally published in Spanish in 2011, the book explores the Colombian drug trade. It won the 2011 Alfaguara Prize. An English translation by Anne McLean was released in 2013 and won the …

25800. The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

The Second Sex is a 1949 book by the French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir. One of her best-known books, it deals with the treatment of women throughout history and is often regarded as a major work of feminist philosophy and the starting point of second-wave feminism. …



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