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70 Books to Read Before You're 70

As he confronts his 69th birthday and the onset of his 70th year, our maverick English Teacher turns reflective and considers 70 books that in some way offer an examination of both real and imagined pasts, and/or face the uncertainties of memory, aging, regret, compromise, redemption, and mortality. Some are classics, some are great popular successes, and some are obscure gems. All of them, our compiler feels, offer continuity, insight and illumination.
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King Lear (Shakespeare (Signet))
King Lear (Shakespeare (Signet))
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The Winter's Tale (Signet Shakespeare)
The Winter's Tale (Signet Shakespeare)
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The Tempest (Signet Shakespeare)
The Tempest (Signet Shakespeare)
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The Snows of Killamanjaro and Other Stories (Hemingway)
The Snows of Killamanjaro and Other Stories (Hemingway)
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The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
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A Moveable Feast
A Moveable Feast
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Islands in the Stream
Islands in the Stream
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Molloy
Molloy
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Malone Dies (Samuel Beckett)
Malone Dies (Samuel Beckett)
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The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett)
The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett)
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Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho (Samuel Beckett)
Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho (Samuel Beckett)
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Exit the King (Eugène Ionesco)
Exit the King (Eugène Ionesco)
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The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
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Swann's Way (Marcel Proust)
Swann's Way (Marcel Proust)
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Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
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Home (Storey)
Home (Storey)
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No Man's Land (Harold Pinter)
No Man's Land (Harold Pinter)
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Affliction by Russell Banks
Affliction by Russell Banks
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Arsenic and Old Lace (Joseph Kesserling)
Arsenic and Old Lace (Joseph Kesserling)
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Behold a Pale Horse (Pressburger)
Behold a Pale Horse (Pressburger)
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21
Beowulf (Crossley-Holland)
Beowulf (Crossley-Holland)
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Shoeless Joe (W P Kinsella)
Shoeless Joe (W P Kinsella)
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The Boys of Summer (Roger Kahn)
The Boys of Summer (Roger Kahn)
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Cancer Ward (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
Cancer Ward (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
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Connections (Burke)
Connections (Burke)
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The Day the Universe Changed (Burke)
The Day the Universe Changed (Burke)
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The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)
The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)
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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Dylan Thomas)
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Dylan Thomas)
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Ending Up (Kingsley Amis)
Ending Up (Kingsley Amis)
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The Fourth Courier (Smith)
The Fourth Courier (Smith)
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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
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Ghost Story (Peter Straub)
Ghost Story (Peter Straub)
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High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
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I Remember Nothing (Nora Ephron)
I Remember Nothing (Nora Ephron)
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In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash (Jean Shepherd)
In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash (Jean Shepherd)
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Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories (Jean Shepherd)
Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories (Jean Shepherd)
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Winter's Tale (Mark Helprin)
Winter's Tale (Mark Helprin)
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In Sunlight and in Shadow (Mark Helprin)
In Sunlight and in Shadow (Mark Helprin)
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Indian Country (Philip Caputo)
Indian Country (Philip Caputo)
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