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.

4801. The Hollow

Agatha Christie

The Hollow is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1946 and in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club in November of the same year. The US edition retailed at $2.50 and the UK edition at eight …

4802. The Education of Little Tree

Forrest Carter

Forrest Carter, from the age of four or five, was inseparable from his part-Cherokee grandfather, who owned a farm and ran a country store nearby. Granpa called him Little Sprout; when he grew taller, he became Little Tree. From Granpa he absorbed the Cherokee ethic; to give …

4803. A Thief of Time

Tony Hillerman

A Thief of Time is the eighth crime fiction novel Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee Navajo Tribal Police series by Tony Hillerman, first published in 1988. The story involves the lure of the thousand-year-old Anasazi ruins, a missing anthropologist, a stolen backhoe, people who steal …

4806. The Falls

Ian Rankin

Edinburgh police detective John Rebus, Ian Rankin's popular series detective, is a brilliantly realized character, as moody, dark, and melancholy as Edinburgh itself. In The Falls, he's almost certain that missing university student Philippa Balfour is dead, but he's less sure …

4807. Portuguese Irregular Verbs

Alexander McCall Smith

Portuguese Irregular Verbs is a short comic novel by Alexander McCall Smith, and the first of McCall Smith's Professor Dr von Igelfeld novels. It was first published in 1997. The protagonist is a bitter German professor, Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, who feels that he is not …

4809. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term …

Roger Lowenstein

John Meriwether, a famously successful Wall Street trader, spent the 1980s as a partner at Salomon Brothers, establishing the best--and the brainiest--bond arbitrage group in the world. A mysterious and shy midwesterner, he knitted together a group of Ph.D.-certified …

4810. Rabbit Redux

John Updike

It's 1969, and the times are changing. America is about to land a man on the moon, the Vietnamese war is in full swing, and racial tension is on the rise. Things just aren't as simple as they used to be - at least, not for Rabbit Angstrom. His wife has left him with his teenage …

4811. Scar Tissue

Anthony Kiedis

In this "vivid and inspiring" NYT bestseller (Newsweek), the Red Hot Chili Peppers' lead singer and songwriter shares a searingly honest account of life in the rock scene's fast lane -- from the darkness into the light.In 1983, four self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the …

4812. Requiem for a Dream

Hubert Selby, Jr.

Requiem for a Dream is a 1978 novel by Hubert Selby, Jr., that concerns four New Yorkers whose lives spiral out of control as they succumb to their addictions.

4813. City of Saints and Madmen

Jeff VanderMeer

City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris is the title of a collection of fantasy short stories by American writer Jeff VanderMeer, set in the fictional metropolis of Ambergris. The setting was further explored in the novels Shriek: An Afterword and Finch.

4814. Rituals

Cees Nooteboom

Rituals is a 1980 novel by the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom. The narrative follows two friends, one who breaks rules frequently and one who follows them strictly. It was Nooteboom's first novel in 17 years. After finishing The Knight Has Died, he had worked as a journalist and …

4815. The Guns of the South

Harry Turtledove

The Guns of the South is an alternate history novel set during the American Civil War by Harry Turtledove. It was released in the United States on September 22, 1992. The story deals with a group of time-travelling white supremacist members of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging …

4816. England, England

Julian Barnes

England, England is a satirical postmodern novel by Julian Barnes, published and shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1998. While researchers have also pointed out the novel's characteristic dystopian and farcical elements, Barnes himself described the novel as a 'semi-farce'. …

4817. I Sing the Body Electric

Ray Bradbury

I Sing the Body Electric! is a 1969 collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury. The book takes its name from an included short story of the same title, which took the title from a poem by Walt Whitman published in his collection Leaves of Grass.

4818. Life on the Mississippi

Mark Twain

He was Sam Clemens, steamboat pilot, before he was Mark Twain, famous author. His better-known name originated with the lingo of navigation, and much of his writing was informed by his shipboard adventures on one of the world's great rivers. In this classic of American …

4820. Letters from the Earth

Mark Twain

Letters from the Earth is a posthumously published work of celebrated American author Mark Twain. It comprises essays written during a difficult time in Twain's life, when he was deeply in debt and had recently lost his wife and one of his daughters. The content concerns …

4823. Two Caravans

Marina Lewycka

Two Caravans is a novel by Marina Lewycka. It was published by Penguin Books on 29 March 2007 for the United Kingdom market. In the United States and Canada it is published under the title Strawberry Fields. The book follows Lewycka's debut novel A Short History of Tractors in …

4825. Dance of the Gods

Nora Roberts

Combining elements of the supernatural with gripping suspense and seduction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel in her Circle Trilogy… He saw where the earth was scorched, where it was trampled. He saw his own hoofprints left in the …

4826. Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has …

Tony Horwitz

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, or Into the Blue: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, is a travel book by Tony Horwitz, published in 2002. In it, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist travels to various parts of the world, following …

4827. Death in Venice

Thomas Mann

"Death in Venice," tells about a ruinous quest for love and beauty amid degenerating splendor. Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but lonely author, travels to the Queen of the Adriatic in search of an elusive spiritual fulfillment that turns into his erotic doom. Spellbound by …

4828. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Cory Doctorow

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a contemporary fantasy novel by Canadian author Cory Doctorow. It was published in June 2005, concurrently released on the Internet under a Creative Commons license, free for download in several formats including ASCII and PDF. It is …

4829. Rhinoc±Eros

Eugène Ionesco

Rhinoceros is a play by Eugène Ionesco, written in 1959. The play was included in Martin Esslin's study of post-war avant garde drama, "The Theatre of the Absurd", although scholars have also rejected this label as too interpretatively narrow. Over the course of three acts, the …

4830. The Forgotten Soldier

Guy Sajer

The Forgotten Soldier, originally published in French as Le soldat oublié, is an autobiographical account of Guy Sajer's observations as a German soldier on the Eastern Front during World War II.

4831. No Word from Gurb

Eduardo Mendoza

“Literary Prozac.”—Cosmopolitan“Eduardo Mendoza is one of contemporary Spain’s most important writers.”—The New York Times Book Review“An accomplished literary novelist who knows how to entertain.”—Kirkus ReviewsA shape-shifting extraterrestrial named Gurb has assumed the form …

4832. Self-Made Man: One Woman's Year Disguised as a Man

Norah Vincent

Self-Made Man: My Year Disguised as a Man is a book written by journalist Norah Vincent, recounting an 18-month experiment in which she disguised herself as a man—"Ned"—and then integrated into traditionally male-only venues, such as a bowling league and a monastery. She …

4833. Light a Penny Candle

Maeve Binchy

Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, shy and genteel Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous O’Connors in Kilgarret, Ireland. It is the beginning of an unshakeable bond between Elizabeth and Aisling O’Connor, a friendship that will endure through twenty turbulent …

4834. Crown of Shadows

Celia S. Friedman

Crown of Shadows is a Fantasy novel by C.S. Friedman first published in 1995.

4836. Brave New World Revisited

Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540, the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change …

4837. Anna and the French Kiss

Stephanie Perkins

Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the …

4838. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation …

Marcus Luttrell

A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan.Inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg. On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous …

4839. Wayside School is Falling Down

Louis Sachar

Wayside School is Falling Down is an 1989 children's novel by American author Louis Sachar, and the second book in his Wayside School series. Like its predecessor, it contains 30 chapters, although some chapters are interconnected in a more narrative form rather than as separate …

4840. Sad Cypress

Agatha Christie

Sad Cypress is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in March 1940 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year. The UK edition retailed at eight shillings and threepence – the first price rise …

4841. Headlong

Michael Frayn

Headlong is a novel by Michael Frayn, published in 1999. The plot centres on the discovery of a long-lost painting from Pieter Bruegel's series The Months. The story is essentially a farce, but contains a large amount of scholarship about the painter. Frayn distinguishes between …

4842. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

Bryan Burrough

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco is a book about the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco, written by investigative journalists Bryan Burrough and John Helyar. The book is based upon a series of articles written by the authors for The Wall Street Journal. The book was …

4843. The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf

What else can be said about the fabulous Ferdinand? Published more than 50 years ago (and one of the bestselling children's books of all time), this simple story of peace and contentment has withstood the test of many generations. Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers …

4844. The Whiskey Rebels

David Liss

America, 1787. Ethan Saunders, once among General Washington’s most valued spies, is living in disgrace after an accusation of treason cost him his reputation. But an opportunity for redemption comes calling when Saunders’s old enemy, Alexander Hamilton, draws him into a …

4845. Crooked House

Agatha Christie

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious …

4846. Snakehead

Anthony Horowitz

Snakehead is the seventh novel in the Alex Rider series written by British author Anthony Horowitz. The book was released in Australia on 28 September 2007, in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2007, and in the US on 13 November 2007. The title comes from the name given to Asian …

4847. One Second After

William R. Forstchen

One Second After is a 2009 fiction novel by American writer William R. Forstchen. The novel deals with an unexpected electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States as it affects the people living in and around the small American town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. …

4849. The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernières's sardonic pen has concocted a spicy olla podrida of a novel, set in a fictitious Latin American country, with all the tragedy, ribaldry, and humor Bernières can muster from a debauched military, a clueless oligarchy, and an unconventional band of guerrillas. …

4850. Dark Rivers of the Heart

Dean Koontz

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.A man and a woman meet by chance in a bar. Suddenly they are fleeing the long arm of a clandestine and increasingly powerful renegade government agency -- the woman hunted for the information she possesses, the …

4851. Arabella

Georgette Heyer

Arabella is a Regency romance novel written by Georgette Heyer. It records the plight of a relatively poor girl from the English gentry who captures the attention of a very wealthy man by claiming to be an heiress. The story is set in the spring of 1817.

4852. Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II

J. M. Coetzee

Youth is a semi-fictionalised autobiographical novel by J. M. Coetzee, recounting his struggles in 1960s London after fleeing the political unrest of Cape Town.

4853. Coyote Waits

Tony Hillerman

Coyote Waits is the tenth crime fiction novel in the Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee Navajo Tribal Police series by Tony Hillerman published in 1990. It was adapted for television by PBS in 2003. Chee is slow to go to the aid of another officer, Nez, who radios that he has found the …

4854. Trout Fishing in America

Richard Brautigan

Trout Fishing in America is a novella written by Richard Brautigan and published in 1967. It is technically Brautigan's first novel; he wrote it in 1961 before A Confederate General From Big Sur which was published first. Trout Fishing In America is an abstract book without a …

4855. Where's My Cow?

Terry Pratchett

Where's My Cow? is a picture book written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Melvyn Grant. It is based on a book that features in Pratchett's Discworld novel Thud!, in which Samuel Vimes reads it to his son. Where's My Cow? was released on 23 September 2005, to coincide with …

4857. Lanark: A Life in Four Books

Alasdair Gray

Lanark, subtitled A Life in Four Books, is the first novel of Scottish writer Alasdair Gray. Written over a period of almost thirty years, it combines realist and dystopian surrealist depictions of his home city of Glasgow. Its publication in 1981 prompted Anthony Burgess to …

4858. The Land of Laughs

Jonathan Carroll

The Land of Laughs is fantasy novel by Jonathan Carroll. It was first published by Viking Press in 1980 and is the author's first novel. The novel was notably reprinted by Orion Books in 2000 as volume 9 of their Fantasy Masterworks series.

4859. A River Runs Through It

Norman Maclean

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories is a semi-autobiographical collection of three stories by author Norman Maclean published in May 1976 by the University of Chicago Press. It contains: "A River Runs Through It" "Logging and Pimping and 'Your pal, Jim'" "USFS 1919: The …

4860. Henry and June

Anais Nin

Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin is a 1986 book that is based upon material excerpted from the unpublished diaries of Anaïs Nin. It corresponds temporally to the first volume of Nin's published diaries, written between October 1931 and October 1932, yet …

4861. Pure Drivel

Steve Martin

Pure Drivel is a collection of stories by Steve Martin, published in 1998, many of which first appeared in The New Yorker.

4862. Fargo Rock City

Chuck Klosterman

Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural Nörth Daköta is a book written by Chuck Klosterman, first published by Scribner in 2001. It is a history of heavy metal music, with a particular emphasis on the glam metal that flourished during Klosterman's formative years in the …

4863. Mao: The Unknown Story

Jung Chang

Mao: The Unknown Story is a 2005 biography of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong written by the husband and wife team of writer Jung Chang and historian Jon Halliday, and depicts Mao as being responsible for more deaths in peacetime than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin. In …

4864. The Women

T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Women is a 2009 novel by T. C. Boyle. It is a biographical novel of Frank Lloyd Wright, told through his relationships with four women: the young Montenegrin dancer Olgivanna; Miriam, the morphine-addicted and obsessive Southern belle; Mamah, whose life ended in a massacre …

4865. Sacred Games

Vikram Chandra

Sacred Games is a book by Vikram Chandra published in 2006. It has received notable reviews.

4867. The Closing of the American Mind

Allan Bloom

THE BRILLIANT AND CONTROVERSIAL CRITIQUE OF AMERICAN CULTURE WITH NEARLY A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT In 1987, eminent political philosopher Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind, an appraisal of contemporary America that “hits with the approximate force and …

4868. Gösta Berlings Saga

Selma Lagerlof

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have …

4869. The Virtue of Selfishness

Ayn Rand

The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism is a 1964 collection of essays and papers by Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden. Most of the essays originally appeared in The Objectivist Newsletter, except for "The Objectivist Ethics", which was a paper Rand delivered at the …

4870. The Pearls of Lutra

Brian Jacques

The Pearls of Lutra is a fantasy novel by Brian Jacques, published in 1996. It is the ninth book in the Redwall series. The American edition of the novel was published simply as Pearls of Lutra.

4871. When he was wicked

Julia Quinn

In every life there is a turning point.A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.After a lifetime of …

4872. Strait Is the Gate

André Gide

"Strait is the Gate", first published in 1909 in France as "La Porte etroite", is a novel about the failure of love in the face of the narrowness of the moral philosophy of Protestantism. --- André Gide (1869 - 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in …

4873. Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn

Piers Anthony

Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn is the eighth book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. This book is a story within a story as one of Castle Roogna's ghosts, Jordan the Barbarian, tells Princess Ivy his story of betrayal and death via the magical medium of the Tapestry.

4874. Barney's Version

Mordecai Richler

Barney's Version is a novel written by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, published by Knopf Canada in 1997.

4876. The Nutmeg of Consolation

Patrick O'Brian

The Nutmeg of Consolation is the fourteenth historical novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series by British author Patrick O'Brian, first published in 1991. The story is set during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Building a schooner on an island in the South China Sea as food …

4877. Whispers

Dean Koontz

Whispers is a novel by American suspense author Dean Koontz, originally published in 1980. It was the first of Koontz's novels to appear on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and is widely credited with launching his career as a best-selling author. The novel was also adapted …

4878. Dream Story

Arthur Schnitzler

Rhapsody: A Dream Novel, also known as Dream Story, is a 1926 novella by the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. The book deals with the thoughts and psychological transformations of Doctor Fridolin over a two-day period after his wife confesses having had sexual fantasies …

4879. J. R. R. Tolkien

Humphrey Carpenter

There may be a corner of the world where the name J.R.R. Tolkien is unknown, but you would be hard-pressed to find it. Since their publication, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been published in every major language of the world. And though he single-handedly gave a …

4880. Effi Briest

Theodor Fontane

In 1919 Thomas Mann hailed Effi Briest (1895) as one of "the six most significant novels ever written." Set in Bismarck's Germany, Fontane's luminous tale of a socially suitable but emotionally disastrous match between the enchanting seventeen-year-old Effi and an austere, …

4881. The Gravedigger's Daughter

Joyce Carol Oates

The Gravedigger's Daughter is a 2007 novel by Joyce Carol Oates. It is her 36th published novel. The novel was based on the life of Oates's grandmother, whose father, a gravedigger settled in rural America, injured his wife, threatened his daughter, and then committed suicide. …

4882. Eventide

Kent Haruf

Eventide is a novel by Kent Haruf.

4883. The Innocent Mage

Karen Miller

The Innocent Mage is the first book in the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker fantasy series written by Australian author Karen Miller.

4884. The Steep Approach to Garbadale

Iain Banks

The Steep Approach to Garbadale is a novel by the Scottish writer Iain Banks, published in 2007. The novel had at least two working titles, Matter and Empire!

4885. Cider with Rosie

Laurie Lee

Cider with Rosie is a 1959 book by Laurie Lee. It is the first book of a trilogy that continues with As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War. It has sold over six million copies worldwide. The novel is an account of Lee's childhood in the village of Slad, …

4886. Tracks

Louise Erdrich

Tracks is a novel by Louise Erdrich, published in 1988. It is the third in a tetralogy of novels beginning with Love Medicine that explores the interrelated lives of four Anishinaabe families living on an Indian reservation near the fictional town of Argus, North Dakota. Within …

4887. Darwinia

Robert Charles Wilson

Darwinia is a 1998 science fiction, alternate history novel written by Robert Charles Wilson. It won a Prix Aurora Award for Best Long Form in 1999, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel that same year. Darwinia was written in segments, in Vancouver, Whitehorse, …

4888. The Simple Truth

David Baldacci

The Simple Truth is a crime novel written by David Baldacci. The book was initially published on November 18, 1998 by Grand Central Publishing.

4889. The Phoenix Guards

Steven Brust

The Phoenix Guards is the first novel in the Khaavren Romances, a fantasy series by Steven Brust set in the fictional world of Dragaera. The novel is heavily influenced by the d'Artagnan Romances written by Alexandre Dumas. Brust describes the book as "a blatant ripoff of The …

4891. The Real Story

Stephen R. Donaldson

The Real Story is the first book of The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson, a science fiction series.

4893. Sebastian

Anne Bishop

Sebastian is the first novel of the Landscapes of Ephemera duology written by Anne Bishop and introduces the world Ephemera.

4894. Ik, Alex Cross

James Patterson

James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell: Author One-on-One In this Amazon exclusive, we brought together blockbuster authors James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell and asked them to interview each other. Find out what two of the top authors of their genres have to say about their …

4897. Deadline

Chris Crutcher

Deadline is a 2007, young adult novel by young adult writer Chris Crutcher. The story follows 18-year-old Ben Wolf who has been diagnosed with a rare, incurable blood disease. Instead of receiving treatment Ben decides to pack a lifetime of living in one year. Ben Wolf has big …

4898. The Closed Circle

Jonathan Coe

The Closed Circle is a 2004 novel by British author Jonathan Coe, and is the sequel to his 2001 novel The Rotters' Club. We re-encounter the main characters from The Rotters' Club - Benjamin Trotter, Doug Anderton and Philip Chase, and also become better-acquainted with some of …

4901. The Seducer's Diary (Penguin Great Loves 6)

Søren Kierkegaard

Love can be surprising. Love can be heartbreaking. Love can be an art. But love is the singular emotion that all humans rely on most . . . and crave endlessly, no matter what the cost. United by this theme of love, the nine titles in the Penguin Great Loves collection include …

4902. Changing Planes

Ursula K. Le Guin

Changing Planes is a 2003 collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. Each chapter describes a different world and the society that inhabits it; these societies share similarities with Earth's cultures in some respects, but may be notably dissimilar in other respects. Many …

4903. The file on H

Ismail Kadare

Two Irish-American scholars from Harvard journey to Albania in the 1930s with a tape recorder (a 'new fangled' invention) in order to record the last genuinely oral epic singers. Their purpose, they say, is to show how Homer's epics might have been culled from a verbal …

4905. The Sword in the Stone

T. H. White

The Sword in the Stone is a novel by T. H. White, published in 1938, initially as a stand-alone work but now the first part of a tetralogy The Once and Future King. A fantasy of the boyhood of King Arthur, it is a sui generis work which combines elements of legend, history, …

4906. Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance

Irvine Welsh

Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance is a collection of three novellas by Irvine Welsh.

4907. Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the …

Richard Dawkins

Unweaving the Rainbow is a 1998 book by Richard Dawkins, discussing the relationship between science and the arts from the perspective of a scientist. Dawkins addresses the misperception that science and art are at odds. Driven by the responses to his books The Selfish Gene and …

4909. Eternity in Death

Nora Roberts

Eternity in Death is a novel written by J. D. Robb. It is one of the few In Death stories to incorporate elements of the supernatural. It takes place before Creation in Death

4910. Juxtaposition

Piers Anthony

Juxtaposition is a book published in 1982 that was written by Piers Anthony.

4911. The Long Patrol

Brian Jacques

The Long Patrol is a fantasy novel by Brian Jacques, published in 1997. It is the tenth book in the Redwall series, and it was a New York Times bestseller.

4912. City of Glass

Paul Auster

City of Glass is a book written by Paul Auster.

4913. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Jack Weatherford

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World is a history book written by Jack Weatherford, Dewitt Wallace Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College. It is a narrative of the rise and influence of Genghis Khan and his successors, and their influence on European …

4914. The Spare Room

Helen Garner

The Spare Room is a novel by Australian writer Helen Garner, set over the course of three weeks while the narrator, Helen, cares for a friend dying of bowel cancer. The Spare Room was published in 2008.

4915. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short …

Richard Feynman

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a collection of short works from American physicist Richard Feynman, including interviews, speeches, lectures, and printed articles. Among these is his famous 1959 lecture There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, his report on the Space Shuttle …

4917. The ÞCommitments

Roddy Doyle

The Commitments is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, and is the first episode in The Barrytown Trilogy. It is a tale about a group of unemployed young people in the north side of Dublin, Ireland, who start a soul band.

4918. Daggerspell

Katharine Kerr

Daggerspell is a fantasy novel by Katharine Kerr. Her first novel, it is also the first book in the Celtic themed, multi-reincarnational Deverry cycle.

4919. Sword Song

Bernard Cornwell

Sword Song is the fourth historical novel in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, published in 2007. Uhtred leads battles against the Danes, as King Alfred strengthens the defenses of his kingdom of Wessex in the 9th century.

4920. Cat and Mouse

Günter Grass

Cat and Mouse, published in Germany in 1961 as Katz und Maus, is a novella by Günter Grass, the second book of the Danzig Trilogy, and the sequel to The Tin Drum. It is about Joachim Mahlke, an alienated only child without a father. The narrator Pilenz "alone could be termed his …

4921. The Garden of Eden

Ernest Hemingway

The Garden of Eden is the second posthumously released novel of Ernest Hemingway, published in 1986. Begun in 1946, Hemingway worked on the manuscript for the next 15 years, during which time he also wrote The Old Man and the Sea, The Dangerous Summer, A Moveable Feast, and …

4922. Bloom County Babylon

Berkeley Breathed

Bloom County Babylon: Five Years of Basic Naughtiness is the fourth collection of the comic strip series Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed. It was published in 1986. It is preceded by Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things and followed by Billy and the Boingers Bootleg. As a …

4925. A Man

Oriana Fallaci

A Man is a novel written by Oriana Fallaci chronicling her relationship with the attempted assassin of Greek dictator George Papadopoulos.

4927. An Old-Fashioned Girl

Louisa May Alcott

An Old-Fashioned Girl is a novel by Louisa May Alcott. It was first serialised in the Merry's Museum magazine between July and August in 1869 and consisted of only six chapters. For the finished product, however, Alcott continued the story from the chapter "Six Years Afterwards" …

4928. A Song of Stone

Iain Banks

A Song of Stone is a novel by Scottish writer Iain Banks, published in 1997.

4929. Turtle Moon

Alice Hoffman

A “captivating...truly original novel” (Cosmopolitan) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic.“Ms. Hoffman writes quite wonderfully about the magic in our lives and in the battered, indifferent world.”—The New York Times Book ReviewWhen Keith Rosen runs …

4930. Exit to Eden

Anne Rice

Exit to Eden is a 1985 novel by Anne Rice, initially published in under the pen name Anne Rampling, but subsequently under Rice's name. The novel explores the subject of BDSM in romance novel form. The novel also brought attention to Rice's published works that differed from the …

4931. Wild Seed

Octavia E. Butler

Wild Seed is a science fiction novel by writer Octavia Butler. Although published in 1980 as the fourth book of the Patternist series it is the earliest book in the chronology of the Patternist world. The other books in the series are, in order within the Patternist …

4933. The Book of the Courtier

Baldassare Castiglione

The Book of the Courtier is a courtesy book. It was written by Baldassare Castiglione over the course of many years, beginning in 1508, and published in 1528 by the Aldine Press in Venice just before his death; an English edition was published in 1561. It addresses the …

4934. Dead Man's Folly

Agatha Christie

Dead Man's Folly is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in October 1956 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 5 November of the same year. The US edition retailed at $2.95 and the UK edition at twelve …

4935. Talk Talk

T. Coraghessan Boyle

Talk Talk is a novel by T. C. Boyle first published in 2006, about a young deaf woman who becomes the victim of a credit card fraud and identity theft. As the police are unwilling to help, the woman and her boyfriend are determined to track down the criminal themselves.

4936. A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the …

Simon Winchester

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 is a book by Simon Winchester.

4937. A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel

Ian Rankin

Given his contempt for authority, his tendency to pursue investigative avenues of his own choosing, and his habitually ornery manner, it's a wonder that John Rebus hasn't been booted unceremoniously from his job as an Edinburgh cop. He certainly tempts that fate again in A …

4939. Getting to Yes

Roger Fisher

Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In is a best-selling 1981 non-fiction book by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury. Reissued in 1991 with additional authorship credit to Bruce Patton, the book made appearances for years on the Business Week "Best Seller" list. …

4942. The White Gryphon

Mercedes Lackey

The White Gryphon is the second novel in the Mage Wars trilogy. The book takes place 10 years after the end of The Black Gryphon. The story is the continuation of Skandranon and the others from Urtho's lands.

4943. Play It as It Lays

Joan Didion

Play It as It Lays is a 1970 novel by the American writer Joan Didion. Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. The book was made into a 1972 movie starring Tuesday Weld as Maria and Anthony Perkins as BZ. Didion co-wrote …

4944. Glue

Irvine Welsh

With a title like Glue, it would seem reasonable to assume that Irvine Welsh's fifth book is a meditation on the pitfalls of solvent abuse. In fact the word refers to the bonds that unite four boys, all of whom have grown up in "the scheme"--i.e., Edinburgh's slum-clearance …

4945. Fool on the Hill

Ruff, Matt

Fool on the Hill is a 1988 comic fantasy novel by Matt Ruff, set at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

4946. The Cobra Event

Richard Preston

The Cobra Event is a 1998 thriller novel by Richard Preston describing an attempted bioterrorism attack on the United States. The perpetrator of the attack has genetically engineered a virus, called "Cobra", that fuses the incurable and highly contagious common cold with one of …

4947. Nocturnes

Kazuo Ishiguro

One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character.A once-popular singer, desperate to make a comeback, turning from the one certainty in his …

4949. Dawn

Octavia E. Butler

The first book in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy.

4950. Another bullshit night in Suck City

Nick Flynn

"A stunningly beautiful new memoir . . . a near-perfect work of literature." ―Stephen Elliot, San Francisco Chronicle Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger father, a …

4952. Pretty Little Liars

Sara Shepard

In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive. BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret only Alison knows. So when Alison goes missing after a slumber party, …

4953. Foe

J. M. Coetzee

Foe is a 1986 novel by South African-born Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee. Woven around the existing plot of Robinson Crusoe, Foe is written from the perspective of Susan Barton, a castaway who landed on the same island inhabited by "Cruso" and Friday as their adventures were …

4954. The Twenty-One Balloons

William Pène du Bois

The Twenty-One Balloons is a novel by William Pène du Bois, published in 1947 by the Viking Press and awarded the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1948. The story is about a retired schoolteacher whose ill-fated balloon trip leads him to discover …

4955. Drawing Down the Moon

Margot Adler

Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today is a sociological study of contemporary Paganism in the United States written by the American Wiccan and journalist Margot Adler. First published in 1979 by Viking Press, it was later …

4956. Brain Droppings

George Carlin

Brain Droppings is a 1997 book by comedian George Carlin. This was Carlin's "first real book" and contains much of Carlin's stand-up comedy material. According to the cover, the book contains "jokes, notions, doubts, opinions, questions, thoughts, beliefs, assertions, …

4958. The Canterville Ghost

Oscar Wilde

There has been a ghost in the house for three hundred years, and Lord Canterville's family have had enough of it. So Lord Canterville sells his grand old house to an American family. Mr Hiram B. Otis is happy to buy the house and the ghost - because of course Americans don't …

4960. Moonlight Mile

Dennis Lehane

Moonlight Mile is a crime novel written by Dennis Lehane, published on November 2, 2010. It is the sixth novel in the author's Kenzie-Gennaro series, focusing on private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. The book is a sequel to Lehane's 1998 bestselling novel …

4961. After the Banquet

Yukio Mishima

After the Banquet is a novel by Yukio Mishima.

4962. Aura

Carlos Fuentes

Aura is a novel by Carlos Fuentes, first published in 1962 in Mexico. The first English translation, by Lysander Kemp, was published in 1965 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

4963. Philosophical Investigations

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophical Investigations is a highly influential work by the 20th-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. In it, Wittgenstein discusses numerous problems and puzzles in the fields of semantics, logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of …

4964. Loser

Jerry Spinelli

Donald Zinkoff is one of the greatest kids you could ever hope to meet. He laughs easily, he likes people, he loves school, he tries to rescue lost girls in blizzards, he talks to old ladies. The only problem is, he's a loser. Until fourth grade, Zinkoff's uncontrollable …

4965. Summer

Edith Wharton

A tale of forbidden sexual passion and thwarted dreams played out against the lush, summer backdrop of the Massachusetts Berkshires, Edith Wharton called Summer her 'hot Ethan.' In their rural settings and their poor, uneducated protagonists, Summer and Ethan Frome represent a …

4966. The Last Town on Earth

Thomas Mullen

Set against the backdrop of one of the most virulent epidemics that America ever experienced–the 1918 flu epidemic–Thomas Mullen’s powerful, sweeping first novel is a tale of morality in a time of upheaval.Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of the Pacific Northwest is a …

4969. Tokyo

Mo Hayder

Tokyo is a 2004 novel by British crime writer Mo Hayder. It was short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award, as well as several others. Tokyo was reviewed by the internationally-read UK newspaper, the Guardian as well as by Kirkus Reviews under its US title.

4971. High Wizardry

Diane Duane

High Wizardry is the third novel of the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane. It was published in 1990.

4972. Consent to Kill

Vince Flynn

Consent to Kill is the seventh novel by Vince Flynn and the sixth in a series that features CIA counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. In this thriller, Flynn focuses on the war on terror exploring all its aspects, from the president of the United States, to the CIA, the foot …

4973. On Stranger Tides

Tim Powers

On Stranger Tides is a 1987 historical fantasy novel written by Tim Powers. It was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and placed second in the annual Locus poll for best fantasy novel. On Stranger Tides takes place during the Golden Age of Piracy. It features …

4975. The Women's Room

Marilyn French

The Women's Room is the debut novel by American feminist author Marilyn French, published in 1977 by Jove Books. It launched French as a major participant in the Feminist Movement and, while French states it is not autobiographical, the book reflect many autobiographical …

4977. The Wine-Dark Sea

Patrick O'Brian

The Wine-Dark Sea is the sixteenth historical novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series by British author Patrick O'Brian, first published in 1993. The story is set during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. The chase of the Franklin brings the Surprise to Peru and the undercover …

4978. Getting Rid of Bradley

Jennifer Crusie

Getting Rid of Bradley is a contemporary romance novel written by Jennifer Crusie and first published in 1994, with a reissue in 2008. The book tells the story of Lucy Savage, a woman recently jilted by her husband Bradley, a suspected embezzler that Detective Zachary Warren …

4979. The Watchman

Robert Crais

The Watchman is a 2007 detective novel by Robert Crais. It is the eleventh in a series of linked novels centering on the private investigator Elvis Cole's partner Joe Pike.

4980. The Descent

Jeff Long

We are not alone…In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with the warning--Satan exists. In the Kalahari Desert, a nun unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. In Bosnia, something has been feeding upon the dead in …

4981. Lady Friday

Garth Nix

Lady Friday is the fifth novel by Garth Nix in his 'The Keys to the Kingdom' series. The fifth Trustee, Lady Friday, is mentioned at the end of the fourth book in the series, Sir Thursday, as a 'Doctor Friday'. Lady Friday is also mentioned in Grim Tuesday by Grim Tuesday as …

4982. The Burden of Proof

Scott Turow

The Burden of Proof, published in 1990, is Scott Turow's second novel, somewhat of a sequel to Presumed Innocent. The Burden of Proof follows the story of defense attorney Sandy Stern in the aftermath of his wife's death, and the growing realization that there is much about his …

4983. The City and the Stars

Arthur C. Clarke

The City and the Stars is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke, published in 1956. This novel is a complete rewrite of his earlier novella, Against the Fall of Night, which was Clarke's first novel, and was published in Startling Stories magazine in 1948, after John W. …

4985. The Richest Man in Babylon

George S. Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon is a book by George Samuel Clason which dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in …

4986. The Protector's War

S. M. Stirling

The Protector's War is a 2005 alternate history, post-apocalyptic, science fiction novel written by S.M. Stirling and is the second novel in the Emberverse series. The Protector's War describes the events of roughly a year, some eight years after the Change which altered the …

4987. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Marcella Hazan

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is a 1993 JBF Awards winning book by Marcella Hazan.

4988. The Dancing Wu Li Masters

Gary Zukav

The Dancing Wu Li Masters is a 1979 book by Gary Zukav, a popular new age work about mysticist interpretations of quantum physics. It was awarded a 1980 U.S. National Book Award in category Science. The toneless pinyin phrase Wu Li in the title is most accurately rendered 物理 in …

4989. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

Marilyn Manson

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell is the autobiography of Marilyn Manson, leader of the American rock band Marilyn Manson. The book was released on February 14, 1998 and written with the help of Neil Strauss. It follows Manson's life from when he was a child, born as Brian Hugh …

4990. The Story of B

Daniel Quinn

The Story of B is a 1996 novel written by Daniel Quinn and published by Bantam Publishing. It chronicles a young priest's movement away from his religion and toward the teachings of an international lecturer known as B, expanding upon many of the philosophical ideas introduced …

4991. The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. Du Bois

This landmark book is a founding work in the literature of black protest. W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) played a key role in developing the strategy and program that dominated early 20th-century black protest in America. In this collection of essays, first published together in …

4992. I, Lucifer

Glen Duncan

I, Lucifer is a 2003 novel by Glen Duncan, told from the point of view of the eponymous fallen angel, who has taken on a human body formerly belonging to a struggling writer.

4993. John Dies at the End

David Wong

David Wong has updated the Lovecraft tradition and infused it with humor that rather than lessening the horror, increases it dramatically. Every time I set the book down down, I was wary that something really was afoot, that there were creatures I couldn't see, and that because …

4994. The Fermata

Nicholson Baker

The Fermata is a 1994 novel by Nicholson Baker. It is about a man named Arno Strine who can stop time, and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual adventures.

4995. Valley of Silence

Nora Roberts

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the electrifying conclusion to her powerful Circle Trilogy. Worlds have collided and centuries have elapsed as six people have brought their unique powers, their courage, and their hearts to a battle that could drown …

4996. Armor

John Steakley

Armor is a military science fiction novel by John Steakley. It has some superficial similarities with Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers but concentrates more on the psychological effects of violence on human beings rather than on the political aspects of the military, which …

4997. The Far Side Gallery

Gary Larson

The Far Side Gallery is an anthology of Gary Larson's The Far Side comic strips. Cartoons from previous books The Far Side, Beyond the Far Side, and In Search of the Far Side are featured, all of which were printed from 1982–1984.

4999. The Mysteries of Udolpho

Ann Radcliffe

With The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe raised the Gothic romance to a new level and inspired a long line of imitators. Portraying her heroine's inner life, creating a thick atmosphere of fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today, The …

5000. They Do It with Mirrors

Agatha Christie

They Do It with Mirrors is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1952 under the title of Murder with Mirrors and in UK by the Collins Crime Club on 17 November that year under Christie's original title. The US …



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