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Flavorwire's 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, and add your own favorite anti-schoolbooks to the list in the comments."
-- Emily Temple, Flavorwire
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The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai
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No One Belongs Here More Than You
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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By the Sword
By the Sword
5
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
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Dhalgren
Dhalgren
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Delta of Venus
Delta of Venus
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Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady Chatterley's Lover
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9
Geek Love Katherine Dunn
Geek Love Katherine Dunn
10
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
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Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
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Reality Hunger
Reality Hunger
13
Bad Behavior
Bad Behavior
14
A Feast of Snakes
A Feast of Snakes
15
Ooga Booga
Ooga Booga
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Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
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Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
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From Russia With Love
From Russia With Love
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Home Land
Home Land
20
JR
JR
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21
Black Hole (Charles Burns)
Black Hole (Charles Burns)
22
Devil in a Blue Dress
Devil in a Blue Dress
23
Earthsea Cycle
Earthsea Cycle
24
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
25
Nightwork
Nightwork
26
Samedi the Deafness
Samedi the Deafness
27
The Interestings : A Novel
The Interestings : A Novel
28
Tampa
Tampa
29
Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
30
The Price of Salt (Patricia Highsmith)
The Price of Salt (Patricia Highsmith)
31
Lanark
Lanark
32
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
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33
Chronic City
Chronic City
34
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
35
World War Z
World War Z
36
C (Tom McCarthy)
C (Tom McCarthy)
37
Bloodchild
Bloodchild
38
Heartburn, Nora Ephron
Heartburn, Nora Ephron
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Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
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The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
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