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11 Lifetime Favorites of A Friend

  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  2. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide: Six novels by Douglas Adams
    Truthfully, I much prefer the audio series!
  3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
    Different and much better! than the film version.
  4. Story Like The Wind (AND its companion book) A Far Off Place by Laurens Van Der Post
    These books are sold separately but are one story, broken at a critical point in the plot; you will suffer if you finish the first and do not have the second at hand!
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Worth another read, and not just for women. It’s as good as, or better, than the movie.
  6. Howards End by E.M. Forster
    An almost perfectly constructed novel. I always loved the book while loathing the main male character—until I saw the film with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson and was able to understand him and learn from her! Amazing. A film version informs the novel!!
  7. Flint by Louis Lamour
    Arguably his best, certainly his most archetypical work.
  8. Shane by Jack Schaefer
    This first-time novel became Oscar winning 50’s movie starring Alan Ladd. Who can forget the poignant cry of the young boy: “Shane! Shane!” However, the character nuances and the scene in which the two men wrestle with the stump are far more interesting and important in the book.
  9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre
    Still top candidate for the best spy novel ever written.
  10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    A book for any woman who has ever wholeheartedly loved a man. Author Alice Walker says, “There is no book more important to me than this one.”
  11. Light A Penny Candle by Maeve Binchey
    I wonder if men like her books. All the women I know find most of them extremely soothing, inspiring, and uplifting. A rare compassionate commodity, although like the books of Louis Lamour, they can be repetitive. But soothing, soothing!