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Reader's Digest 50 Books to Read Before You're 50

A good book never goes out of style. Consider this mix of contemporary and classic titles a personal challenge of must-reads before you hit the half-century mark.
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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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Five People You Meet in Heaven
Five People You Meet in Heaven
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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You'll Grow Out of It (Jessi Klein)
You'll Grow Out of It (Jessi Klein)
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5
Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
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A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany
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The Alchemist
The Alchemist
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To Kill a Mocking Bird
To Kill a Mocking Bird
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Poisonwood Bible
Poisonwood Bible
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Shibumi (Trevanian)
Shibumi (Trevanian)
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The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
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Anne Frank:  the Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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13
Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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Wild
Wild
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A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)
A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle
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Oklahoma: The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
Oklahoma: The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
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The Outsiders
The Outsiders
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21
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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Evicted (Matthew Desmond)
Evicted (Matthew Desmond)
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Freakonomics
Freakonomics
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Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)
Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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The Sparrow Duology (Mary Doria Russell)
The Sparrow Duology (Mary Doria Russell)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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29
Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
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Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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Where'd You Go Bernadette
Where'd You Go Bernadette
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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The Quiet American (Graham Greene)
The Quiet American (Graham Greene)
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Profiles in Courage
Profiles in Courage
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Wonder
Wonder
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
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