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    The Sound and the Fury

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst

    Little, Big by John Crowley: A family saga anchored on the edge of a forest.

    Thomas Mann - Buddenbrooks. His first novel, published in 1901. It portrays the downfall of a wealthy mercantile family of Lübeck, Germany, over four generations. "The sad thing is that one lives but once—one can't begin life over again. And one would know so much better the second time!"

    illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

    'Exodus' by Leon Uris (first published: 1958): Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. (Featured: Season One, Episode 6, "Babylon")

    Reading saves lives. Sounds about right.

    'The Fixer' by Bernard Malamud (first published: 1966): Set in Kiev in 1911 during a period of heightened anti-Semitism, the novel tells the story of Yakov Bok, a Jewish handyman blamed for the brutal murder of a young Russian boy. (Featured: Season 5, Episode 7, "At the Codfish Ball")

    'The Spy Who Came In from the Cold' by John le Carré (first published in 1963): Secret agent Alex Leamas is on a mission in Cold War East Berlin, but the disillusioned operative for British Intelligence is beginning to have doubts about the organization he serves. (Featured: Season Four, Episode 13, "Tomorrowland")

    'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand (first published: 1957): The decisions of a few industrial leaders shake the roots of capitalism and reawaken man's awareness of himself as an heroic being. (Featured: Season One, Episode 8, "The Hobo Code")

    By Marcus Zusak. It's an amzing novel that follows a girl in Nazi Germany from Death's point of view. It's clever and well written and tear inducing at points. It gives an interesting insight into Nazi Germany and is compelling to read. The kiss. . . So sad.

    Vintage Books. "Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps I could not live anywhere else." __William Faulkner

    Stories of the Magicians

    11 books to make you fall in love with reading

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson Mccullers. Part of Oprah's book club. (

    The Story of A Candy Rabbit by Laura Lee Hope, illustrated by Harry L. Smith 1920

    Community Post: 8 of Literature's Sassiest Southern Belles

    Walking Across Egypt. Clyde Edgerton is another of my favorite authors. This is great southern humor.

    A Book of Strange Stories by alexisorloff, via Flickr

    the optimist's daughter • eudora welty