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50 Novels Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person - Flavorwire

"It’s a new year, and resolutions are flying left and right — although, it has been two weeks, so certain pledges have probably already crashed and burned. Here’s one that’s always on everyone’s mind, beginning of the year or no: how to be a better person. Well, since science keeps proving that reading literary fiction accomplishes that very fact, why not attack a novel in order to spruce up your heart and mind? After the jump, 50 novels (with a couple cheats) to make you kinder, cleverer, more productive, and a whole lot more open to the experience of others. Check them out and let us know which novels have made you a better person in 2014 or any other year in the comments."
--- Emily Temple, Flavorwire
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Disgrace
Disgrace
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
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Geek Love Katherine Dunn
Geek Love Katherine Dunn
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A Personal Matter
A Personal Matter
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Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
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Veronica (Mary Gaitskill)
Veronica (Mary Gaitskill)
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M Pirsig)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M Pirsig)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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Tenth of December
Tenth of December
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Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Middlesex
Middlesex
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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
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Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
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Play It as It Lays (Joan Didion)
Play It as It Lays (Joan Didion)
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In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Wittgenstein's Mistress
Wittgenstein's Mistress
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Kindred (Octavia Butler)
Kindred (Octavia Butler)
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Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
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Self-Help, Lorrie Moore
Self-Help, Lorrie Moore
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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
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Persepolis
Persepolis
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
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A Death in the Family
A Death in the Family
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Ghostwritten (David Mirchell)
Ghostwritten (David Mirchell)
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Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
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The Sea, the Sea
The Sea, the Sea
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Memoirs of Hadrian
Memoirs of Hadrian
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Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
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The Pushcart War (Jean Merrill)
The Pushcart War (Jean Merrill)
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
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Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
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The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
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