Extreme Reads

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for the
Adult Summer Reading Program

[Each book read is worth an additional four raffle tickets!]



         Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

         Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

         Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

         Middlemarch by George Eliot

         North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

         Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

         The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

         Moby Dick by Herman Melville

         Walden by Henry David Thoreau

         War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

         The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

         Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman


Modernist Masterpieces

         The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

         Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

         Ulysses by James Joyce

         Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

         In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

         The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

         Orlando by Virginia Woolf

         To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


Postmodern Puzzlers:

         Giles Goat-Boy by John Barth

         Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme

         Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

         If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino

         Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

         The Recognitions by William Gaddis

         The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

         One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

         1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

         Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov

         Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

         Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

         The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

         Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace


Challenging Nonfiction:

         Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

         Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin

         Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

         Six Not-So-Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman

         A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

         Das Kapital by Karl Marx

         The Art of War by Sun Tzu

         A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn


Other great books:

         Inferno by Dante Alighieri

         HHhH by Laurent Binet

         2666 by Robert Bolano

         Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

         The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

         The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

         Underworld by Don Delillo

         Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

         Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

         Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

         The Illiad by Homer

         The Remains of the Day Kazuo Iishiguro

         The Trial by Franz Kafka

         The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell

         A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

         The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

         A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

         Native Son by Richard Wright


Have an idea for a good, challenging read but don’t see it on the list?

Tell a staff member that you’ve chosen your own off-list extreme read when you come in for your raffle tickets.