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Michael Strogoff - Jules Verne
Michael Strogoff is a courier for the Czar who is sent to deliver a message to the Grand Duke in far off Irkutsk, Siberia, a distance of several thousand miles. He is sent to warn the Grand Duke of the traitor Ivan Ogareff who has joined forces with...[more]
The Chosen - Chaim Potok
Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders play against each other in a baseball game in which Reuven is injured by a ball hit by Danny. This incident leads to the boys friendship despite the fact that the boys come from two different Jewish sects.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its orig...[more]

Magnificent Obsession - Lloyd C. Douglas
When Robert Merrick's life is saved at the expense of the life of an eccentric but adored surgeon, the carefree playboy is forced to reevaluate his own path. Merrick embarks on a course of anonymous philanthropy, inspired by reading the doctor's priv...[more]
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
During the English army storming of a city in India, a british soldier, John Herncastle takes a large jewel called the Moonstone from the forehead of an Indian god. At his death, he wills the stone to his niece, Rachel Verinder. She receives the Mo...[more]
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Jean Valjean spends his life seeking redemption from a minor crime. A story of justice and mercy.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre, the story of a young girl and her passage into adulthood, was an immediate commercial success at the time of its original publication in 1847. Its representation of the underside of domestic life and the hypocrisy behind religious enthusia...[more]
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Set in Victorian London, this is a tale of a spirited young innocent's unwilling but inevitable recruitment into a scabrous gang of thieves. Masterminded by the loathsome Fagin, the underworld crew features some of Dickens' most memorable charac...[more]
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets Mr. Darcy, she finds him cold, aloof, and altogether unattractive. He believes her to be from such an unsuitable and unpleasant family that she should never interest him. And yet, he finds he loves her, and sets ou...[more]
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
The friends of Dr. Jekyll, a respected Englishman, try to uncover the strange relationship he has with the evil Mr. Hyde.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The adventures of Alice as she follows the white rabbit down a rabbit hole and ends up in Wonderland. While there she is introduced to a variety of amazing characters.
The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a gia...[more]
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities examines loyalty, courage, and love through the eyes characters as only Charles Dickens can create them. Published as a weekly serial in 1859, then as a monthly serial and final...[more]
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D’Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plottin...[more]
Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) - L.M. Montgomery
The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection with her vivid imagina...[more]
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

The World's Bestselling Mystery

"Ten . . ."
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen."

"Nine . . ."
At dinner a recorded message accu...[more]

The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need fr...[more]

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
The story of slavery in the South before the Civil War, told through a slave, Uncle Tom, and the people he interacts with.
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Translated with an Introduction by Robin Buss
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Edmund Dantes, a handsome young sailor, is arrested on false charges on the eve of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes. He is sentenced to life imprisonment, but eventually escapes and seeks revenge against the three men who were responsible for h...[more]
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power.
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly...[more]
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE SCARLET LETTER is considered Nathaniel Hawthorne's most famous novel-and the first quintessentially American novel in style, theme, and language.
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Hugely admired by Tolstoy, David Copperfield is the novel that draws most closely from Charles Dickens's own life. Its eponymous hero, orphaned as a boy, grows up to discover love and happiness, heartbreak and sorrow amid a cast of eccentrics, innoce...[more]
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Dr. Frankenstein creates a living man from cadavers. A story of the relationship between the inventor and his repulsive creation.
A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan-Doyle
A Study in Scarlet was Sherlock Holmes' first outing into the literary world. Published in 1887 (after many rejections) it was an immediate success. Conan Doyle's quirky hero, with his cold deductive mind, violin playing and cocaine addiction, fasc...[more]
The God of Small Things: A Novel - Arundhati Roy
Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story o...[more]
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could th...[more]
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
The classic tale of adventure on the high seas by Robert Louis Stevenson. "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!"
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Noted Fitzgerald biographer Matthew J. Bruccoli draws upon years of research to present the Fitzgerald's Jazz Age romance exactly as he intended according to the original manuscript, revisions, and corrections--with explanatory notes. Reprint.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics) - Ernest Hemingway
In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert ...[more]
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, each tiny world populated by a single adult. It's a wonderfully inventive sequence, which evokes not only the great fairy tales but also such monuments of postmodern whimsy.

The aut...[more]

Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
One of Wilkie Collins' finest novels. According to Wikipedia: "William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and writer of short stories. He was hugely popular in his time, and wrote 27 novels, mor...[more]
The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
In Hardy's The Return of the Native, Eustacia Vye criss-crosses the wild Egdon Heath, eager to experience life to the full in her quest for "music, poetry, passion, war." She marries Clym Yeobright, a native of the heath, but his idealism frustrates ...[more]
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This is a beautifully-designed new edition of the definitive "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Includes 12 complete short stories, comprising the best-known cases of the world's best-loved sleuth.
The Ox-Bow Incident (Modern Library Classics) - Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and ord...[more]
Anne of Avonlea - L. M. Montgomery
Avonlea is the prettiest little town on Prince Edward Island, which is the prettiest little island in all of Canada. Anne had come here as an orphan--a skinny redhead showing up on the steps of Green Gables with a shabby suitcase and a heart full of ...[more]
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Partly based on a true story “Robinson Crusoe” is about a British shipwrecked sailor that manages to make it to a deserted island. There he has to find a way to survive he has to find food and make clothing and try and find a way to get off of t...[more]
India Kolling - Rajiv Ranjan
India Kolling a dream project of 5 London-based young Indian filmmakers who returned to their country India for their debut project. Love plays an important role in their life which conjured up 5 different exotic love stories but remains incomplete u...[more]
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography
Pygmalion - B Shaw
This is the play from which "My Fair Lady" was adapted. Shaw's dramatization of a Cockney flower girl"s metamorphosis into a lady is both a fantasy and a platform for his views on social class, money and women"s independence.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, first published by Victor Hugo in 1831, is set in fifteenth century Paris. The archdeacon of Notre Dame, Claude Frollo, falls in lust with Esmerelda---a gypsy dancer who is much admired in Paris. At his instruction, Quasi...[more]

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