1. The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M. Cain)
This 1934 book, adapted into a movie in 1946, is based on a married woman and a drifter who fall in love, plot the murder of her husband and then live with the consequences.
2. The Birdcage (John Bowen)
This 1964 book is based on two successful career oriented people who live together but never marry and after nine years their relationship fizzles out.
3. The Flying Dutchman (Anthony Fokker)
Here is the 1931 biography of a World War I aviation pioneer who designed planes.
4. The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)
This 1898 science fiction novel pits earthlings versus Martians. Wells read excerpts from the story on the radio in the 1930's and caused a national fervor.
5. As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
This 1930 book is based on a fictional family from Mississippi and the loss of a loved one. Faulkner uses the stream of consciousness technique.
6. Cancer Ward (Alexander Soltzhenitsyn)
This 1967 book, banned in the Soviet Union, takes place in a cancer ward in Central Asia.
7. Crime & Punsihment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
This 1951 novel grapples with the question: "Does the means justify the ends?"
8. Under Western Eyes (Joseph Conrad)
This 1911 publication is a response to Dostoyevsky's themes in Crime & Punishment.
9. Tender is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
This 1934 novel is based on the rise and fall of a psychoanalyst and his wife, one of his patients. Fitzgerald's wife had been hospitalized for schizophrenia in 1932.
10. Whistle for Willie (Ezra Jack Keats)
This 1964 book is about a child in the city on a blistering hot day.
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