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Old 08-26-05, 12:28 AM
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Looking for a book "everyone" has read

Hi all,

I'd like your opinion on what book I should read next. I haven't been able to read much this summer and now that I finished some of my goals I'm on to the next - read a couple books that "everyone" has read.

Books like the DaVinci Code, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, etc... Non-Fiction / Paperback would be preferred....

So, what good book recommendations do you have that everyone has read?
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Old 08-26-05, 02:33 AM
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Old 08-26-05, 04:15 AM
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Old 08-26-05, 06:09 AM
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I would say that the top two that everyone has read would be the latest Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code.
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I read a lot, and I've never read any of the Harry Potter books. Read Great Expectations instead...
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Old 08-26-05, 04:32 PM
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What about non-fiction books? Thanks!
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Old 08-26-05, 08:21 PM
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Old 08-26-05, 09:11 PM
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Nonfiction is tougher. Once upon a time, everybody read Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic Wars. I thought it was fascinating. I liked Flags of Our Fathers a lot. But it's hardly something everyone has read.

I just looked at three online lists. The only book on all three was Autobiography of Malcolm X, but I haven't read it myself.
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Check out 1984 or how about Ender's Game!
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Old 08-27-05, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by MitzEclipse
What about non-fiction books? Thanks!
In my previous post I tried to think of some non-fiction books "everyone" has read but couldn't come up with any. Closest I could come was presidential bios and the like. Most people I know stick with their interests- I like math/science, my brother-in-law likes historical, others like self-help, etc.
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Jurassic Park
That would be my suggestion as well.
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I'll second Jurassic Park. The book is much meatier than the movie.

For fiction that not enough peoople have read, try Treasure of the Sierra Madre it has a lot of interesting stories within the story, and paints a fascination picture of the time and place.
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For non-fiction, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil had tremendous popular appeal (don't let the movie put you off).
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4th vote for Jurassic Park, sounds like a fiction winner.

As for non-fiction, Band of Brothers.
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Old 08-31-05, 08:43 AM
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i've seen a bunch of people reading seabisquit and band of brothers (both non-fiction)
for fiction, try hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. after reading that, i've seen so much references in our modern day pop culture coming from that book that it's scary.
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Fiction: I haven't seen Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" mentioned here yet. Certainly with the movies, I've seen even non-readers give this a try. "Silence of the Lambs" (and its prequel and sequel) are books most have read.

Non-Fiction: I'm not so much of a non-Fiction reader. I like science, so a couple in that vein are Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" and Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time". I also like true crime, and a couple of my favorites are Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song".
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Non-fiction - "Into Thin Air" by John Krakauer
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FREAKONOMICS is new, popular, and an excellent book.
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How about The Great Gatsby? Quality stuff. Or A Separate Peace?
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I didn't realize so many people had read the Stand considering how long it is. Personally, I loved it and would also recommend that and Jurassic Park.
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How about The Great Gatsby? Quality stuff. Or A Separate Peace?
More along the classics line, The Old Man and the Sea, and Of Mice and Men. Both are very short and can be read in a few hours.
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no has said the bible?

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^The Bible. lol
Angels and Demons is a book i really look forward to reading. Also, a lot of people have read The Historian.
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