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Become a Genius in 27 Books

Sure, it's annoying when people start talking like a literary snob, but maybe if you joined the conversation, it might be a little more fun than you expected. First step? Read these books that are sure to make you smarter in one way or another. It's pretty likely that you've been asked to read a few of these books along the way, but maybe boredom set in and you gave up too soon. I'm here to tell you that, upon a closer read, these books are important pieces of western civilization. Meaning, ahem, get your brain going with these 27 classics. Surely you will sound a heck of a lot smarter, and hey, you'll actually be a lot smarter after you dig into these literary treasures.
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Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Middlesex
Middlesex
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The Tempest
The Tempest
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty
The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
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Howl
Howl
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
10
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
14
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
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Underworld
Underworld
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Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
17
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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The Art of War
The Art of War
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Ulysses
Ulysses
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Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
21
The Second Sex
The Second Sex
22
Second Treatise of Government
Second Treatise of Government
23
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
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The Female Man (Joanna Russ)
The Female Man (Joanna Russ)
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Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
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The Little Prince
The Little Prince
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