Summer of ’49

Halberstam’s classic chronicle of baseball’s most magnificent season. More

Agatha Christie

The house of Collins acquired “Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie after she disagreed with her former publisher over the spelling of “coco”/”cocoa” in her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. More

The Alchemist

An inspirational phenomenon; one of the bestselling books in history. More

The Thorn Birds

McCullough’s sweeping family saga of forbidden love in the Australian outback; became a bestselling phenomenon. More

Jay Onrait

I read because as much as I love film and television, and documentaries, and Facebook, and Twitter and Snapchat, and my abacus . . . More

Room

Winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize regional prize; made into a major motion picture. More

Caps for Sale

Longtime classic about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys. More

A Light in the Attic

Classic collection of poems and illustrations by Shel Silverstein; ALA Notable Children’s Book. More

Flow

The psychology classic that explored creativity and happiness. More

Stuart Little

White’s beloved classic about a small mouse on a big adventure is a perennial bestseller. More

The Odyssey of Homer

Hailed as “the best translation there is of a great, perhaps the greatest, poet” (New York Times Book Review). More

Essays of E. B. White

Classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time, Pulitzer Prize–winning author E. B. White. More

Divergent

First book in the Divergent trilogy, which has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide. More

Emma Donoghue

Like many teenagers, I spent more of my summer holidays than I probably should have immersed in the world of The Lord of the Rings. More

Native Son

Wright’s unsparing reflection on what it means to be black in America. More