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The Stranger

Camus, Albert, 1913-1960.


A young man becomes mixed in the business of a local pimp and ends up killing a man.

117 pages.

The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.


The story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

117 pages.


Hersey, John, 1914-1993.

940.5425 HERSEY

Hiroshima is the story of six human beings who lived through the greatest single manmade disaster in history.

152 pages.


Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962.


Classic novel that has inspired generations of seekers. Blending Eastern mysticism and psychoanalysis, Hesse presents a strikingly original view of man and culture and the arduous process of self-discovery, reconciliation, harmony, and peace.

119 pages.

The Call of the Wild

London, Jack, 1876-1916.


One of the most popular and exciting adventure stories is now being reissued with vibrant, realistic paintings by a highly acclaimed artist and an introduction by award-winning author, Gary Paulsen.

102 pages.

The Prince

Machiavelli, Niccolo, 1469-1527.


Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with expedient exercises of will, reveals nothing less than the secrets of power: how to gain it, how to wield it, and how to keep it. But curiously, this work of outspoken clarity has, for centuries, inspired myriad interpretations as to its author's true message.

126 pages.

Animal Farm

Orwell, George, 1903-1950.


"Animal Farm" is the account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama.

113 pages.

The Little Prince

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de, 1900-1944.


An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

83 pages.


Schaefer, Jack, 1907-1991.


In the summer of 1889, a mysterious and charismatic man rides into a small Wyoming valley, where he joins homesteaders who take a stand against a bullying cattle rancher, and where he changes the lives of a young boy and his parents.

135 pages.

The Pearl

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.


For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot stem the events leading to tragedy.

97 pages.

Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.


Tells a story about the strange relationship of two migrant workers, who are able to realize their dreams of an easy life until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and strangles the farmer's wife.

105 pages.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894.


Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde.

94 pages.

Candide, or, Optimism

Voltaire, 1694-1778.


Candide is a brilliant satire of the theory that our world is "the best of all possible worlds." The book traces the adventures of the guileless Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunegonde, tortured by the Inquisition, et cetera, all without losing his resilience and will to live and pursue a happy life.

119 pages.

Ethan Frome

Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937.


Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie's vivacious cousin enters their household as a hired girl, Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent.

99 pages.


Wiesel, Elie, 1928-

940.5318 WIESEL

Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair in confronting the absolute evil of man.

120 pages.

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