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^ slightly preferred the fountainhead but i get the love for atlas shrugged.

try to reread tom sawyer every few years to recapture that mischievous, youthful vibe. a connecticut yankee at king arthur's court is always worthy as well.

count of monte cristo is always a good one to reread.

utopia by sir thomas more as a quickie novella play.

candide by voltaire-ditto.

frankenstein by mary shelley is fantastic and beyond what you expect, despite what you know. somewhat the same with dracula by bram stoker.

the odyssey by homer has so much packed into it.

catch-22 by joseph heller is hilarious.

wind, sand and stars by antoine de saint-exupery (also wrote the little prince) is an unbelievable travelogue that reads like pure poetry. essential.

one hundred years of solitude or love in the time of cholera by gabriel garcia marquez are both worthy investments.

remains of the day or the unconsoled by kazuo ishiguro for self-examination.

for the dark side, american psycho by bret easton ellis.

macbeth, julius caesar or richard iii for further extremes by shakespeare.

herodotus-the histories for imagination and history.

the right stuff by tom wolfe.

treasure island by robert louis stevenson.

mary austin-land of little rain for a little western nature writing. same with john muir-mountains of california.

hunter s. thompson-fear and loathing in las vegas for expanding the expected.

peter mathiesen-the snow leopard for capturing the eternal anticipation/hunt.

anything by john mcphee (non-fiction) but especially coming into the country, in control of nature (chapter three), encounters with the archdruid

and any of the four novels (assembling california/basin and range/rising from the plains/in suspect terrain) that comprise the pulitzer-winning annals

of the former world.
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