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Joanne Rowling, CH, OBE, HonFRSE, FRCPE, FRSL, better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist
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Macbeth
by William Shakespeare (Mar 04, 2020)
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Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king to ensure his ambitions come true. But he soon learns the meaning of terror - killing once, he must kill again and again, and the dead return to haunt him. A story of war, witchcraft and bloodshed, Macbeth also depicts the relationship between husbands...
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Possibly my favorite Shakespeare play.     source
The Iliad
by Homer (Mar 02, 2020)
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I was thinking of The Iliad when Harry saved Cedric’s body.     source
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott (Nov 05, 2018)
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Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March-detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, an...
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My favorite literary heroine is Jo March.     source
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The Story of the Treasure Seekers
by Edith Nesbit (Apr 02, 2018)
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J.K. Rowling ranks 'The Story of the Treasure Seekers' as her favorite of Nesbit's books.     source
The Song of Achilles
A Novel
by Madeline Miller (Aug 27, 2012)
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Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the...
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I loved it.     source
Manxmouse
by Paul Gallico (Mar 31, 2012)
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Gallico manages the fine line between magic and reality so skilfully, to the point where the most fantastic events feel plausible.     source
Justice
What's the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J. Sandel (Aug 16, 2010)
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"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn...
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I’d give our prime minister Justice.     source
Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Sep 25, 2006)
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Winner of the Lincoln PrizeAcclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates,...
J. K. Rowling
I lived in it the way that you do with truly great books; putting it down with glazed eyes and feeling disconcerted to find yourself in the 21st century.     source
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The Oxford Shakespeare
The Complete Works, 2nd Edition
by William Shakespeare (Jul 31, 2005)
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Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is...
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Q. - If you could bring only three books to a desert island, which would you pack? JK.R - Collected works of Shakespeare (not cheating — I’ve got a single volume of them); collected works of P. G. Wodehouse (two volumes, but I’m sure I could find one); collected works of Colette.     source
Hons and Rebels
by Jessica Mitford (Sep 29, 2004)
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Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over in heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duche...
J. K. Rowling
My most influential writer, without a doubt, is Jessica Mitford.     source
The Little White Horse
by Elizabeth Goudge (Dec 30, 2001)
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In 1842, thirteen-year-old orphan Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, her family's ancestral home in an charmed village in England's West Country, and she feels as if she’s entered Paradise. Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is li...
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Perhaps more than any other book, it has a direct influence on the Harry Potter books.     source
Cheri and the Last of Cheri
by Colette Colette (Oct 09, 2001)
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Chéri, together with The Last of Chéri, is a classic story of a love affair between a very young man and a charming older woman. The amour between Fred Peloux, the beautiful gigolo known as Chéri, and the courtesan Léa de Lonval tenderly depicts the devotion that stems from desire, and is an honest account of the most human preoccupations of youth ...
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The final scene is incredibly moving; it makes me cry.     source
Secrets of the Flesh
A Life of Colette (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Judith Thurman (Oct 30, 2000)
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A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar. Now, in Judith Thurman's Secrets of the Flesh, Colette at last has a biography worthy of her dazzling reputation.Having spent her childh...
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One of my all-time favorites.     source
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith (Mar 14, 1999)
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I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great cha...
J. K. Rowling
This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.     source
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The diaries of Auberon Waugh
by Auberon Waugh (Dec 31, 1997)
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It’s in my bathroom, and it’s always good for a giggle.     source
Ballet Shoes
by Noel Streatfeild (Nov 22, 1993)
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An alternate cover edition for this ISBN from 1993 can be found herePauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their family by attending the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it's going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of ...
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I still reread Ballet Shoes.     source
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov (Mar 12, 1989)
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Awe and exhilaration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postw...
J. K. Rowling
There are two books whose final lines make me cry without fail, irrespective of how many times I read them, and one is Lolita.     source
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The Collected Stories of Colette
by Colette (Aug 31, 1984)
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The Collected Stories of Colette beings together in one volume for the first time in any language the comprehensive collection of short stories by the novelist known worldwide as Colette, and now acknowledged, with Proust, as the most original French narrative writer of the first half of our century. of the one hundred stories gathered here, thirty...
J. K. Rowling
Q. - If you could bring only three books to a desert island, which would you pack? JK.R - Collected works of Shakespeare (not cheating — I’ve got a single volume of them); collected works of P. G. Wodehouse (two volumes, but I’m sure I could find one); collected works of Colette.     source
Grimble and Grimble at Christmas
by Clement Freud (Jul 29, 1974)
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One of funniest books I've ever read.     source