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Parade's 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years

When Parade asked me to compile a list of the best 75 books to celebrate the magazine's 75th anniversary, my first answer was, "Not a chance!" I could picture the mountains of furious letters complaining about all the great works of literature I'd left off. But when I asked the staff at Parnassus Books, the Nashville store I co-own with Karen Hayes, to take it on as a group project, they were game.
What we discovered in the process is how wildly we disagree about everything, except how much we love books. We wanted novels, sure, but we also wanted picture books, science 
books, histories and young adult novels. We wanted things that were old, like The Old Man
 and the Sea, but also things that were hot off the press, like When Breath Becomes Air.
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
3
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
4
All the King's Men
All the King's Men
5
The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair
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Foundation
Foundation
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Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
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Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
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The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
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The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye
12
A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
13
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
14
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
15
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
16
The Once and Future King
The Once and Future King
17
Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
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Night
Night
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The Rabbit Quartet (John Updike)
The Rabbit Quartet (John Updike)
20
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
21
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
22
The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
23
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
24
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
25
Silent Spring
Silent Spring
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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
27
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
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The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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The Double Helix
The Double Helix
33
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
34
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
35
Burr
Burr
36
Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
37
Suttree
Suttree
38
The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
39
Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
40
Housekeeping
Housekeeping
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