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12 Classics That Never Get Old

  • FICTION

    BELOVED

    SEPT. 16, 1987

FICTION

BELOVED

by Toni Morrison

Morrison traces the shifting shapes of suffering and mythic accommodations, through the shell of psychosis to the core of a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    INFINITE JEST

    FEB. 19, 1996

FICTION

INFINITE JEST

by David Foster Wallace

Almost certainly the biggest and boldest novel we'll see this year and, flaws and all, probably one of the best. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK

    APRIL 1, 1991

FICTION

WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK

by Sandra Cisneros

A collection that heralds a powerfully original talent—all the more appreciated given the all-too-often carbon-copy feel of... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SILENT SPRING

    SEPT. 27, 1962

NONFICTION

SILENT SPRING

by Rachel Carson

The book is not entirely negative; final chapters indicate roads of reversal, before it is too late! Full review >

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  • TEEN

    MONSTER

    MAY 31, 1999

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

MONSTER

by Walter Dean Myers

The format of this taut and moving drama forcefully regulates the pacing; breathless, edge-of-the-seat courtroom scenes... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE GIVER

    APRIL 1, 1993

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE GIVER

by Lois Lowry

Wrought with admirable skill—the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    KIT'S WILDERNESS

    MARCH 7, 2000

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

KIT'S WILDERNESS

by David Almond

Askew is a compelling, almost shamanistic figure (not another Skellig, but close), and both in tone and locale this powerful... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    DRAGONWINGS

    SEPT. 1, 1975

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

DRAGONWINGS

by Laurence Yep

And the dream that becomes the plane Dragonwings lifts this into a world where truth and imagination are one. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY

    OCT. 1, 1976

CHILDREN'S

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY

by Mildred D. Taylor & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Taylor trusts to her material and doesn't try to inflate Cassie's role in these events, and though the strong, clear-headed... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE

    MAY 1, 1999

CHILDREN'S

THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE

by Louise Erdrich ; illustrated by Louise Erdrich

Omakayas cannot find her way back to happiness until an odd old woman tells her the truth of her past, in a novel that is by... Full review >

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