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Permutation City
Greg Egan
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The Sovereign Individual
James Dale Davidson
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The Untethered Soul
Michael A. Singer
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What is Life?
Erwin Schrodinger
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Why Have Faith?
Rabbi David Wolpe
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2022
Book of Genesis
Translated by Robert Alter
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China: A History Volume 1
Harold Tanner
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China: A History Volume 2
Harold Tanner
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Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
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Letters to a Young Muslim
Omar Saif Ghobash
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Seeing Like a State
James C. Scott
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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Jaron Lanier
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The Book of Assistance
Imam 'Abdallah Ibn Alawi al-Haddad
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The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith
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The Epic of Gilgamesh
Unknown
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The Fourth Turning
William Strauss and Neil Howe
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The Network State
Balaji Srinivasan
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The Qur'an
Translated by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
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The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium
Martin Gurri
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The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy
Christopher Lasch
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The Revolt of the Masses
Jose Ortega y Gasset
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The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life
Emmet Fox
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Vehicles
Valentino Braitenberg
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Why Be Jewish?
Rabbi David Wolpe
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2021
Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations
Michael Sells
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Crying in H-Mart
Michelle Zauner
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Difficult Conversations
Douglas Stone
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The Lessons of History
Will and Ariel Durant
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The Torah
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2020
A Very Short Introduction to the U.S. Constitution
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Atomic Habits
James Clear
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Discipline Equals Freedom
Jocko Willink
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Educated
Tara Westover
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Einstein’s Dreams
Alan Lightman
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Get a Financial Life
Beth Kobliner
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God’s Debris
Scott Adams
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History of God
Karen Armstrong
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King Warrior Magician Lover
Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
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Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng
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Lying
Sam Harris
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Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl
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Muhammad
Karen Armstrong
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Solitude and Leadership
William Deresiewicz
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The Almanack of Naval
Eric Jorgenson
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The Bible
Karen Armstrong
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The Case for God
Karen Armstrong
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The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols.
Jocko Willink
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The Conscience of a Conservative
Barry Goldwater
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The Defining Decade
Meg Jay
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The Fourth Turning
William Strauss and Neil Howe
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The Lessons of History
Will and Ariel Durant
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The Leviathan (Ch. 13, 17–21)
Thomas Hobbes
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The Prophet
Kahlil Gibran
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The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
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The Straussian Moment
Peter Thiel
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When Breath Becomes Air
Dr. Paul Kalanithi
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2019
12 Rules for Life
Jordan Peterson
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A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind
Shoukei Matsumoto
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All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
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Automating Inequality
Virginia Eubanks
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Bad Blood
John Carreyrou
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Hillbilly Elegy
J. D. Vance
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Love Does
Bob Goff
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Meditations
Marcus Aurelius
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On The Shortness of Life
Seneca
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Permanent Record
Edward Snowden
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The Enchiridion
Epictetus
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The Goal
Eliyahu M. Goldratt
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The Johnstown Flood
David McCullough
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The Republic (Books 1, 7, and 8)
Plato
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The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera
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The World After Capital
Albert Wenger
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2018
A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
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Homo Deus
Yuval Noah Harari
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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
Kamal Ravikant
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Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
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Mortality
Christopher Hitchens
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Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
Patty McCord
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Presenting design like your life depends on it
Mike Monteiro
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The Best Interface is No Interface
Golden Krishna
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The Design of Everyday Things
Don Norman
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The Inmates are Running the Asylum
Alan Cooper
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving
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The Startup Gold Mine
Neil Soni
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Vignelli Canon
Massimo Vignelli
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Universal Principles of Design
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2017
Ant Farm
Simon Rich
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Antifragile
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Atomic Design
Brad Frost
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Black Swan
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Creative Confidence
Tom Kelley & David Kelley
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Crushing Low Stakes Poker: Volume 1
Mike Turner
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Crushing Low Stakes Poker: Volume 2
Mike Turner
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Death of Ivan Ilych
Leo Tolstoy
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Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life
Neil Strauss
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Essential Poker Math
Alton Hardin
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Finite and Infinite Games
James Carse
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Fooled by Randomness
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Free Range Chickens
Simon Rich
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Free Will
Sam Harris
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How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
Harry Browne
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In Praise of Idleness
Bertrand Russell
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Islam and The Future of Tolerance
Sam Harris
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Jobs to be Done
Intercom
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Letter to a Christian Nation
Sam Harris
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Radical Focus
Christina Wodtke
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Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari
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Sleep Wise
Daniel Jin Blum
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Tao Te Ching
Laozi
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The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
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The Course: Hold Em Strategies for Smart Players
Ed Miller
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Tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom
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2016
Buddha’s Brain
Rick Hanson
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Change by Design
Tim Brown
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Chaos Monkeys
Antonio Garcia Martinez
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Designing the Obvious
Robert Hoekman Jr.
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Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence
Jacob Lund Fisker
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Hipster Business Models
Priceonomics
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How to Eat
Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Relax
Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Sit
Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Walk
Thich Nhat Hanh
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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Robert Cialdini
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Lying
Sam Harris
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Sprint
Jake Knapp
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The Best Interface is No Interface
Golden Krishna
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexander Dumas
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The Design of Everyday Things
Don Norman
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The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things
Bruce Sterling
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo
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The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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The Way of the Superior Man
David Deida
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Unscalable
Charlie Guo
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Zero to One
Peter Thiel
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2015 and earlier
1984
George Orwell
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A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini
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An Ordinary Man
Paul Rusesabagina
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Animal Farm
George Orwell
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Anthem
Ayn Rand
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Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
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Black Like Me
John Howard Griffin
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Brave New World
Alduous Huxley
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Butterick’s Practical Typography
Matthew Butterick
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Choke
Chuck Palahniuk
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Descent into Chaos
Ahmed Rashid
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East of Eden
John Steinbeck
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Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
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Flags of Our Fathers
James Bradley
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
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Freakonomics
Steven Levitt
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Letters from a Stoic
Seneca
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Liar’s Poker
Michael Lewis
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Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Kesey
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Pakistan on the Brink
Ahmed Rashid
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Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut
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Snow
Orhan Pamuk
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Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
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The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Kang Chol-Hwan
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The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
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The Big Short
Michael Lewis
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The Fighter’s Mind
Sam Sheridan
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The Giver
Lois Lowry
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Gun
C.J. Chivers
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The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
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The Lean Startup
Eric Ries
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde
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The Post American World 2.0
Fareed Zakaria
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
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Tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom
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Watchmen
Alan Moore
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