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  1. Sophie Kinsella - is like the best chick lit I`ve ever read)
  2. Absolute Must Reads

    1) As I lay dying (by Faulkner) -- it's a dark comedy... 2) Canterbury Tales (by Chaucer) -- it's bawdy (must get the uncensored version)3) Pale Fire (by Nabokov) -- an absolute must read -- darkly hilarious 4) Macbeth by William Shakespeare -- my favourite play ever)5) St. Urbain's Horseman (by Mordecai Richler) -- mordant 6) The Odyssey (Homer)
  3. Your Top 10 Authors!

    1) Ernest Hemingway. Old Man and the Sea, In Our Time. Hemingway is arguably the most talented author in American History.2) Tobias Wolff. Bullet in the Brain. Bullet in the Brain is a truly novel piece. The story, about 10 pages long, takes place during a bank robbery. It makes numerous allusions to robberies in other stories, satirizing their use of melodrama.3) Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Jabberwock, the Hunting of the Snark. Carroll was a pioneer in the art of non-sense poetry. While the merit of such writing is very subjective, it is worth a look. 4) John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men was also made into a great film, starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 5) George Orwell. 1984, Animal Farm. Orwell wrote relatively short works, that were not as much novels as critiques of the world around him. Animal Farm is perhaps one of the most famous instances of modern allegory, in which Orwell portrays the rise and collapse of the Soviet Union on an animal farm. 6) Jack London. White Fang, Sea Wolf. Someone already mentioned London, and they are very right. However, I would say Sea Wolf was London's best work.7) Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find.8) Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park, Sphere, Prey. Crichton is perhaps the great sci-fi writer of our time.9) Jared Diamond. Collapse, Guns Germs and Steel. Diamond is a professor at UCLA where he teaches Anthropology and Geography. 10) JD Salinger. Catcher in the Rye. I would put Catcher in the Rye higher, but it is the only work of Salinger's I am familiar with so Salinger suffers. However, it is a true masterpiece and captures the heart of adolescences.
  4. I think it is soooo messed up. Books are very personal.
  5. I don`t think that its the great examples. The best books I have ever read are : A Short history of nearly everything - Bill Brayson :- One of my absolute favourite books by Bill Brayson. This book is what every textbook wants to be when it grows up. Jam packed with facts and stories written with his typical dry humour , the illustrated hard cover version of this book is a must read for everyone. Reality is broken - Jane McGonial : Why play computer games ? How playing games is not a waste of time as many see it to be but can be therapeutic and enhance productivity and creativity in all of us.If you are a gamer ,read this one. If you are not , read it to see what turns us gamers on and what you are missing out on.;) Freakonomics - Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner : Can economics be interesting?? Really??! Here is a book exploring the sex appeal,if you will of economics. Below is an excerpt from their web page, talking more about the book. “ Which is more dangerous , a gun or a swimming pool? What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?’ These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven Levitt is not a typical economists. He studies the riddle of everyday life.. from cheating and crime to sports and childrearing …and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head. Indian super foods - Rujuta Divekar : Forget all that Firang food you find difficult to even pronounce, let alone eat! Our grandmothers were right all along. Rujuta writes with a sarcasm that I totally enjoy.She gets her point across brilliantly. Ghee is REALLY good for you by the way.Read and find out why.