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57 Books That Truly Make You Think

Do you love reading classic and contemporary works of literature that don't just entertain, but dare you to challenge yourself in bold and exciting ways? If you're the kind of bookworm who has an insatiable appetite for powerful and complex reads, this roundup of the best fiction and nonfiction books that make you think will be right in your wheelhouse. Featuring a mix of incredible new works from up-and-coming writers and well-known titles from seminal authors like Harper Lee, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut, the books listed here are sure to stay with you even long after you've finished reading the final sentence. Publishers' descriptions below.
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Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
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The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
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Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)
Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)
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Nickel and Dimed
Nickel and Dimed
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The Kite Runner (Khalid Hosseini)
The Kite Runner (Khalid Hosseini)
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
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Fingersmith
Fingersmith
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The Book of Strange New Things (Michel Faber)
The Book of Strange New Things (Michel Faber)
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Travels With Charley
Travels With Charley
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When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
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Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
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The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
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Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward)
Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward)
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The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen)
The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen)
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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Kurt Vonnegut)
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Underworld
Underworld
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Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun
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Hunger (Roxane Gay)
Hunger (Roxane Gay)
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The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
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Nothing to Envy (Barbara Demick)
Nothing to Envy (Barbara Demick)
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The Little Prince
The Little Prince
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Middlesex
Middlesex
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Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
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The Stand
The Stand
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The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
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Neuromancer
Neuromancer
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Daniel James Brown)
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Daniel James Brown)
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The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
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Thinking Fast and Slow
Thinking Fast and Slow
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The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
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The Happiness Project
The Happiness Project
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Look Me in the Eye
Look Me in the Eye
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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