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50 Great Books You'll Never Read in School

Back-to-school time is upon us, and for many, that means reading for pleasure will give way to burning through that syllabus. Classrooms, especially high school classrooms (college classes are becoming so weird and specific nowadays that you could read just about anything in them), suffer from the "classic effect" — which is exactly what it sounds like. Not that there's anything wrong with literary classics, and they definitely should be read, but there's so much more out there. And when you consider the fact that one-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives — well, it would be nice if they had a little more to go on than The Great Gatsby. After the jump, find a selection of books you'll (probably) never read in high school, but should still read.
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Lolita
Lolita
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Thy Neighbor's Wife (Gay Talese)
Thy Neighbor's Wife (Gay Talese)
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Popular Hits of the Showa Era
Popular Hits of the Showa Era
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The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
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Brown Girl in the Ring
Brown Girl in the Ring
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Sharp Teeth
Sharp Teeth
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Loose Women
Loose Women
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Stoner (John Williams)
Stoner (John Williams)
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Claudine at School
Claudine at School
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The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
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Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
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Heartburn, Nora Ephron
Heartburn, Nora Ephron
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Bloodchild
Bloodchild
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C a Novel
C a Novel
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World War Z
World War Z
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The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
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Chronic City
Chronic City
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Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
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Lanark
Lanark
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Patricia Highsmith the Price of Salt
Patricia Highsmith the Price of Salt
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21
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
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Tampa
Tampa
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The Interestings : A Novel
The Interestings : A Novel
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Samedi the Deafness
Samedi the Deafness
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Nightwork
Nightwork
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
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A Wizard of Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea
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Devil in a Blue Dress
Devil in a Blue Dress
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Black Hole (Charles Burns)
Black Hole (Charles Burns)
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J R
J R
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Home Land
Home Land
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From Russia With Love
From Russia With Love
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Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Cancer
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Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
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Ooga Booga
Ooga Booga
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A Feast of Snakes
A Feast of Snakes
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Bad Behaviour
Bad Behaviour
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Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
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House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
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Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
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