The Great American Read

The Great American Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira, is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books. Audiences are encouraged to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

The series premieres Tuesday, May 22 at 8/7c on PBS stations with a launch special, kicking off a summer of reading and voting. Then in the fall, seven new episodes of the series will air as the quest to find America’s most beloved book moves into high gear. Episodes from the series will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book.

We got a sneak peek at the super secret list of 100 books before it was released, and we are very proud indeed that we had every single one here at Brilliant Books.  That’s no accident or happenstance.  Our entire ethos is driven by a commitment to having the very best in every genre. To be a step above the ordinary; to be the bookstore the discerning customer demands.

Come on by and look around the shelves.  At Brilliant Books, you’ll find all the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us. Every day.


 

1984 Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - April 1983

A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780802130204
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062204097
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

A Separate Peace Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Cover Image
By Mark Twain, R. Kent Rasmussen (Introduction by), R. Kent Rasmussen (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780143107330
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 28th, 2014

The Alchemist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062315007
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446692632
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 2003

Americanah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

And Then There Were None Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062073471
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147514004
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679744719
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Published: Vintage - December 1992

Atlas Shrugged (Centennial Ed. HC) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525948926
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Published: NAL - April 21st, 2005

Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780446675369
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1999

The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101934180
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2016

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories Cover Image
By Jack London, Andrew Sinclair (Editor), James Dickey (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780140186512
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 1993

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316769532
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 16th, 1951

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064400558
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Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

The Chronicles of Narnia Full-Color Box Set: 7 Books in 1 Box Set Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$64.99
ISBN: 9780064409391
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Published: HarperCollins - August 22nd, 2000

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553250428
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Published: Bantam - November 1984

The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743270106
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 20th, 2005

The Color Purple Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156028356
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Published: Mariner Books - May 28th, 2003

The Count of Monte Cristo Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas pere, Robin Buss (Translated by), Robin Buss (Introduction by), Robin Buss (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140449266
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

Crime and Punishment Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff (Translated by), David McDuff (Introduction by), David McDuff (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140449136
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307474278
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Published: Anchor - March 31st, 2009

Don Quixote Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142437230
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

Doña Barbara: A Novel Cover Image
By Rómulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy (Translated by), Larry McMurtry (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780226279206
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 3rd, 2012

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Dune (Penguin Galaxy) Cover Image
By Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by), Brian Herbert (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143111580
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385363129
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Published: Random House Large Print - June 26th, 2012

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476775869
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Published: Pocket Books - January 7th, 2014

Foundation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553382570
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Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

Frankenstein Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle (Editor), Maurice Hindle (Introduction by), Maurice Hindle (Notes by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141439471
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 2003

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553381689
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Published: Bantam - May 28th, 2002

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544336261
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 2014

The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (Introduction by), Anthony Puzo (Notes by), Robert J. Thompson (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451205766
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Published: Berkley - March 2002

Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Broadway Books - April 22nd, 2014

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Great Expectations Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by), Charlotte Mitchell (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439563
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

Gulliver's Travels Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Robert DeMaria (Editor), Robert DeMaria (Introduction by), Robert DeMaria (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439495
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525435006
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Published: Anchor - April 18th, 2017

Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set: Books #1-7 Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$86.93
ISBN: 9780545162074
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 2009

Hatchet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary Cover Image
By Joseph Conrad, Owen Knowles (Editor), Owen Knowles (Introduction by), Owen Knowles (Notes by), Robert Hampson (Editor)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780141441672
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 25th, 2007

The Help Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345418913
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Published: Del Rey - June 23rd, 1997

The Hunger Games Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439023481
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 2008

The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425269367
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Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2013

The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

The Invisible Man Cover Image
By H. G. Wells, Christopher Priest (Introduction by), Andy Sawyer (Notes by), Patrick Parrinder (Editor)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780141439983
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 27th, 2005

Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by), Stevie Davies (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141441146
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 15th, 2006

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

Jurassic Park: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345538987
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781414334905
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - April 2011

The Little Prince Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152023980
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 2000

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147514011
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Lonesome Dove: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618574940
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Published: Mariner Books - June 2005

The Lovely Bones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316168816
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 20th, 2004

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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679781585
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 1999

Mind Invaders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781928660354
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Published: Berean Call - April 22nd, 2007

Moby-Dick: or, The Whale Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142437247
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Notebook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455582877
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 24th, 2014

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One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385319959
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Published: Delta - August 10th, 1998

The Outsiders Cover Image
By S. E. Hinton, Jodi Picoult (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143039853
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 30th, 2006

The Picture of Dorian Gray Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439570
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

The Pilgrim's Progress Cover Image
By John Bunyan, Roger Pooley (Editor)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780141439716
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 27th, 2009

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780451222138
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2nd, 2007

Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

Ready Player One Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307887436
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Published: Crown - August 16th, 2011

Rebecca Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

The Shack Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455567607
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Published: Windblown Media - November 22nd, 2016

Siddhartha: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Ralph Freedman (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142437186
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

The Stand Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307743688
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Published: Anchor - June 28th, 2011

The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743297332
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Published: Scribner - October 17th, 2006

Swan Song Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781501131424
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Published: Pocket Books - July 26th, 2016

Tales of the City: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

Their Eyes Were Watching God Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061120060
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 30th, 2006

Things Fall Apart: A Novel Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780385474542
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1994

This Present Darkness Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780842361712
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - March 2002

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062420701
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2015

Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316015844
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2006

War and Peace (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs (Translated by), Anthony Briggs (Introduction by), Orlando Figes (Afterword by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780241265543
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 14th, 2017

Watchers Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780425188804
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Published: Berkley - January 28th, 2003

The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn Cover Image
$29.97
ISBN: 9780812538366
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Published: Tor Books - October 15th, 1993

Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440412670
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Published: Yearling - September 1996

White Teeth: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375703867
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2001

Wuthering Heights Cover Image
By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439556
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002