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.

25801. 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 …

25802. 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 …

25809. 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 …

25810. 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, …

25811. 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.

25812. 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.

25813. 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 …

25814. 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 …

25815. The Frontenac Mystery

François Mauriac

A translation from the French by Gerard Hopkins of Francois Mauriac's novel, "The Frontenac Mystery".

25818. X-Isle

Steve Augarde

X Isle is a young adult novel by Steve Augarde first published in 2009. It is set in the future, after floods have destroyed civilization. The novel follows the experiences of a boy named Baz on his arrival at "X Isle" from the equally miserable "mainland". The book has been …

25819. 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 …

25827. 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 …

25828. The Color of Summer

Reinaldo Arenas

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

25850. 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 …

25853. 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.

25858. Pattern Classification

Richard O. Duda

Pattern Classification is a book written by Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, and David G. Stork.

25865. In Viriconium

M. John Harrison

In Viriconium is a novel written by M. John Harrison.

25867. 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 …

25870. 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 …

25873. 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 …

25880. The Water of the Wondrous Isles

William Morris

The Water of the Wondrous Isles is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first writer of modern fantasy to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. It was first printed in 1897 by …

25881. 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.

25885. Cold Tom

Sally Prue

Cold Tom is a fantasy novel by Sally Prue, published on January 31, 2002 by Oxford University Press and aimed at teens and young adults. Cold Tom won the Branford Boase Award and the Smarties Prize Silver Award both in 2002.

25895. The Best of Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

The Best of Philip K. Dick is a collection of science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick. It was first published by Del Rey Books in 1977. Many of the stories had originally appeared in the magazines Planet Stories, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Space Science Fiction, Imagination, …

25900. The Impossible Virgin

Peter O'Donnell

The Impossible Virgin is the title of the fifth novel chronicling the adventures of crime lord-turned-secret agent Modesty Blaise. The novel was published in 1971 and was written by Peter O'Donnell, who had created the character for a comic strip in the early 1960s. The book was …

25901. Quest for the Future

A. E. van Vogt

Quest for the Future is a science fiction novel by A. E. van Vogt. It was first published by Ace Books in 1970. A schoolteacher from the 20th century becomes involved in the activities of a group of time travelers.

25912. Irish Mist

Andrew Greeley

Irish Mist is the fourth of the Nuala Anne McGrail series of mystery novels by Roman Catholic priest and author Father Andrew M. Greeley.

25914. 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 …

25918. Justicia global

Che Guevara

Justicia global is a book written by Che Guevara.

25923. The Scent of Magic

Cliff McNish

The Scent of Magic is the second book of The Doomspell Trilogy published in 2001 that was written by Cliff McNish.

25926. 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 …

25928. A Pretext for War

James Bamford

A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies is a 2004 book by journalist James Bamford that takes a highly critical view of the events around 9/11 and the subsequent Iraq War. The book is divided into three parts: "Destruction", "Detection", …

25930. 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 …

25932. 高级迷信 : 学术左派及其关于科学的争论(第二版) = Higher superstition : …

Paul R. Gross

Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science is a book by biologist Paul R. Gross and mathematician Norman Levitt, published in 1994.

25937. 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 …

25945. The Barbarians are Coming

David Wong Louie

The Barbarians are Coming is a novel by David Wong Louie. The novel tells the story of a Chinese American man trying to make it in the United States while dealing with his immigrant parents and their desires for their son. The book was released in 2001 by Penguin, and received …

25950. Vengeance of Orion

Ben Bova

Vengeance of Orion is a 1988 novel by science fiction author Ben Bova. It is the sequel to Orion and follows his adventures in the time of the Greek heroes Achilles and Odysseus in the siege of Troy. The story takes up many plot elements of Homer's "Iliad" but also includes …

25954. A Stranger to Command

Sherwood Smith

A Stranger to Command is a fantasy novel written by Sherwood Smith. It was written as a prequel to her first published work that takes place on the actual Sartorias-deles, Crown Duel.

25966. Live and Let Shop

Michael Spradlin

Live and Let Shop is a book written by Michael Spradlin.

25970. Quest Crosstime

Andre Norton

Quest Crosstime is a science fiction novel written by Andre Norton and first published in 1965 by The Viking Press. The story is not so much a sequel to The Crossroads of Time as it is a different story with the same characters.

25978. Warrior's Return

Erin Hunter

Warrior’s Return is an original English-language manga volume written by Erin Hunter as part of the Warriors series. It is the third and final in a trilogy following Graystripe, a fictional wild cat trying to find his Clan. It was released on April 22, 2008. It is drawn by James …

25985. 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 …

25986. Not Forgotten

Nancy Holder

Not Forgotten is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Angel.

25998. 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 …

25999. 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. …

26000. We Were Liars

E. Lockhart

A New York Times BestsellerOne of James Patterson's "Favorite Thrillers for the Beach" (New York Times)"Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents." —Wall Street Journal "A rich, stunning summer …



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