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Books You Should Keep on Your Shelf to Look Smart

From biographies of inspiring innovators to stories that have been must-reads for centuries, these are the top 40 books you should display on your bookshelf.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
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The Best and the Brightest
The Best and the Brightest
3
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
4
The Innovators (Walter Isaacson)
The Innovators (Walter Isaacson)
5
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
6
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
7
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
8
Dune
Dune
9
Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)
Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)
10
The Art of War
The Art of War
11
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
12
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
13
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
14
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg)
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg)
15
The Art of Eating (Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher)
The Art of Eating (Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher)
16
Ulysses
Ulysses
17
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Gibbons, Hadas)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Gibbons, Hadas)
18
From Dawn to Decadence (Jacques Barzun)
From Dawn to Decadence (Jacques Barzun)
19
The Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary
20
Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
21
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
22
The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
23
The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
24
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M Pirsig)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M Pirsig)
25
City of God
City of God
26
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
27
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
28
The Second Sex
The Second Sex
29
Man and Superman (George Bernard Shaw)
Man and Superman (George Bernard Shaw)
30
The History of the Peloponnesian War
The History of the Peloponnesian War
31
Dream of the Red Chamber
Dream of the Red Chamber
32
Middlesex (Michigan)
Middlesex (Michigan)
33
Pale Fire
Pale Fire
34
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
35
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
36
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
37
The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty
The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty
38
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
39
The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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