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I don't really know what to ask from my dad for Christmas, so I was looking at some books. I found "The Catcher in the Rye" and I figured I'd ask him for some books. So what are some good books like this? Books that deal with racism, politics, world problems and such. I really want to start reading again because I haven't read in so long, and I really enjoy it. Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks...
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To Kill a Mocking Bird (Racism in the deep south, my favourite book ever I think.)
His Dark Materials (Brilliant. Must Read.)
Noughts and Crosses (Racism aimed at a teen audience)
The Life of Pi (Brilliant book, philosophical aspects.)
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I don't really know what to ask from my dad for Christmas, so I was looking at some books. I found "The Catcher in the Rye" and I figured I'd ask him for some books. So what are some good books like this? Books that deal with racism, politics, world problems and such. I really want to start reading again because I haven't read in so long, and I really enjoy it. Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks...


ermm 1984 may be a good read?? Bit cliche tough.
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To Kill a Mocking Bird
His Dark Materials
Noughts and Crosses

+1 to 'to kill a mocking bird' and 'his dark materials'
never read 'noughts and crosses' though
#7
fight club
its seriously an awesome book
or anything by chuck palahniuk (author of fight club)
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ermm 1984 may be a good read?? Bit cliche tough.

+1 for 1984!
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Catch 22, it's awesome
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Johnny Got His Gun and The Martian Chronicles. Sorry, I don't remember the authors.
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Fahrenheit 451 is pretty good.

+1'd. It's amazing stuff. Definitely a classic.

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fight club
its seriously an awesome book
or anything by chuck palahniuk (author of fight club)

Yup yup.

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Brave New World
Paradise Lost(Epic poem)
The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Dantes Inferno)
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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Fahrenheit 451 is pretty good.


I can attest, it was an awesome book. I'm currently reading 1984, also. It's coming to be a good book.
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Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, or Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
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whats with people in these parts obsessing over 1984?

its good, but c'mon, give it a rest. there are a millions of other books out there, such as Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, one of my favs
#24
The Dharma Bums and On the Road both by Jack Kerouac
Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man both by James Joyce
The Symposium and The Republic both by Plato
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Gogol, Pushkin and Dostoyevsky rock.

1984 is as good as people say.

"On The Road" by Kerouac is like the Bible of Cool.
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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell.
Good reading
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#28
twilight
new moon
eclipse

^^they are amazing books.
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For a book dealing with racism, sexism, feminism and colonialism in Africa, try 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker. It's pretty good and ticks the box for social issues. It's pretty harsh in many places though, not a particularly comfortable book to read.
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Freakonomics
Wisdom of Crowds

Both question conventional wisdom.

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A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The 'Age of Unreason' Quartet - Greg Keyes
PopCo - Scarlett Thompson

Those last two aren't particularly political, but they're still very intelligent and bloody good reads.
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Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, or Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.

This man has great taste, i'd also recomend "slapstick or lonesome no more" by Vonnegut, its my favourite of his and deals (in sometimes a very abstract way) all of the issues you asked for.
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Perks of Being a Wallflower is like a modern Catcher in the Rye, only BETTER !

I wouldn't say it was better than Catcher, but it's definitely worth reading. All of the books the main character reads in it are good, too.

Plus, there's a closeted gay quarterback.
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I wouldn't say it was better than Catcher, but it's definitely worth reading. All of the books the main character reads in it are good, too.

Plus, there's a closeted gay quarterback.



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The Sun Also Rises-Ernest Hemingway
On the Road- Jack Kerouac
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test- Thom Wolfe
One FLew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- Ken Kesey
The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
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