What are the best books for the modern day hippie?

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    #1On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 

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    Judy Cox
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "On the Road is sort of a novelized autobiography of Jack Kerouac. It loosely discusses the real life of Kerouac and his friend Neal Cassady as they take a road trip across the country. It is a fast moving book, but this version is a bit different from the original version that you can find. It still has a very free-form type writing style and if you enjoy that style you will love this bohemian book."
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    #2The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Keith Lucas
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was expecting this to be a light read, but it wasn't. However, the book did not disappoint. I was surprised by the character depth, and need to read through it again soon."
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    #3Leaves of Grass

    Leaves of Grass
    Walt Whitman is one of the most influential writers and poets of the 19th century. Leaves of Grass contains all his best poems and an outline of events significant to his life and work. Whitman is famous for his O Captain! My Captain!. 

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    Debra Flores
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Leaves of Grass is a classic that everyone should read. It is often quoted due to it's use in a famous film. Take time to familiarize yourself with some of the most powerful literature ever written."
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    #4Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a book where wordplay, parody, and logical and philosophical puzzles are everywhere. For all the surface playfulness, there is meaning in every page.

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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is a book that everyone should read. I first read it when I was little and it really excited my curiosity. This is one of those books that should be required reading to spark the imaginations of all people."
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    #5The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 


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    Adam Sanders
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I've been a huge fan of "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry since I was a kid and this newer translation by Richard Howard is quite good overall. There are probably some purists that will prefer the 1943 version by Katherine Woods but I honestly think that this version is just as good for the most part and even better in some cases. Even though the stories contained within this book are mostly aimed at children, I feel that they are entertaining at any age, even for a modern day hippy like me. Do yourself a favor and read this book if you've never done so before."
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    #6Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Karina Parra
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Books illegal? Firemen starting fires instead of putting them out? So many twists and turns. What else is crazy in this book? Is this today's twist to the 60's hippie? Read to find out."
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    #7Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    #8The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.


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    Shirley Gonzalez
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I loved reading this book in high school. I decided to try it again and it meant so much more to me now that I am aging... Really a classic read, you should try it!"
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Matthew Castillo
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This was very fun to read especially if you are into this type of thing. Really well written and easy to grasp the thoughts of the author."
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    #10Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Katherine Hudson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great book but I'm not sure it's for the modern day hippie. It was published in 1932 and while the message rings true today, it's not super hippie."
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    #11Walden and Civil Disobedience

    Walden and Civil Disobedience
    Signet Classics' Walden and Civil Disobedience is a 150th-anniversary version of Henry David Thoreau's masterwork. It's a collection of his reflections on life and society.

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    Brenda Green
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book gave me the experience that I was actually there. It also put me into deep thought about many things in the world we currently live it. I find it interesting to hear other people's experiences. "
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Jerry Carlson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to learn about the story."
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    #13The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Joe Jackson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "As I was reading The Hobbit I realized that this was the ultimate story of the ultimate hippie. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who doesn't wear shoes and has hairy feet. As someone who is a hippie it was so refreshing seeing the journey of such a free spirit as they travel through Middle Earth."
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    #14Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching is a non-fiction spiritual book written by Lao Tzu. This Chinese classic self-help philosophy book is about Taoism and published in 1989 by Vintage.


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    Bruce Boyd
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Tao Te Ching seems to be the book that basically provides the guiding philosophy for the Taoist religion, which I imagine would be popular among hippies of today and yesterday. Indeed, it would seem that this is a classic book that should be in the world literature canon. However, it might be worth noting that this particular version might be a bit sub-par due to some translation errors; I am not too familiar with this religion and cannot speak Chinese, so I cannot fully elaborate on this, but it is worth noting for those with a serious or advanced interest in this book and this religion."
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    #15The Lorax

    The Lorax
    The Lorax is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss first published in 1971. It aims to teach children to respect and care for the environment by telling the story of the Once-ler, who destroyed trees in his greed.

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    Rosa María Alvarado
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Avid Dr. Seuss reader and yet I have never heard of this book. I don't understand why it isn't more popular. Maybe in today's hyper security focused environment, parents steer away from books with guns. Maybe people just don't want to advocate for the great kindness and patience which should be shown to guests and more importantly the lesson that even guests might take advantage and shouldn't be allowed too. I do think this is a good book to encourage child to not allow people to just walk all over them. Everyone and everything has its limits. The illustrations are wonderfully drawn and the story line is enthralling"
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    #16A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classic romantic fantasy play by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare. It features love stories of mythological creatures like Theseus and Hippolyta. 


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    Evelyn Gomez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If there ever was a classic hippie book this would be one. A Shakespeare classic that always captures the attention and devotion of the hippies of today. "
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    #17One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Terry Curtis
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a very interesting novel, you have to read about a defiant young man that fought his way. I strongly recommend it."
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    #18The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Bob Tang
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I didn't read this book but I did watch the movie. So I think I'm pretty confident in saying this book sucks too. I'm a Chevy guy so once I seent that the little probing alien was named Ford I just knew that I shouldn't read it because it would suck. Plus you have to read it and who the hell knows how to read nowadays? I had my cousin write this up, she actually graduated middle school, best gf I've ever had."
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    #19The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is a creative nonfiction novel originally published in 1968. This book is claimed as the breaking ground for the literary style of New Journalism.


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    Janice Cunningham
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "What an interesting book about the hippy generation. My parents have told me so many stories about their Woodstock generation and their friends who did acid that I really enjoyed reading Tom Wolfe's book because it gave me that insight into the times. "
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    #20The Oxford Book of Light Verse

    The Oxford Book of Light Verse

    The Oxford Book of Light Verse is a collection of humorous poems. Edited by W.H. Auden, it includes poems by Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll, and Jonathan Swift.


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    James Hart
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "If you are looking for a good book full of great writing, The Oxford Book of Light Verse is for you. A truly great collection of funny poems that is entertaining and intellectual. This book is great for just sitting around and enjoy outside on a sunny day. It is written in a playful style that is really great. If you love poetry then you must read this book."
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    #21One Indian Girl

    One Indian Girl

    One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat is a romance novel originally published in 2016. This book is the 9th overall book written by Bhagat since the start of his career. It tells the story of a modern Indian girl getting married.


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    Teresa Richardson
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I don't know why this showed up in my book recommendation feed, or why I read it. I guess they assume hippies like yoga. Not cool, man. Way to appropriate Indian culture."


Best What are the best books for the modern day hippie
1On the RoadBooks 37 Paid
2The Catcher in the RyeBooks 34 Paid
3Leaves of GrassBooks 33 Paid
4Alice's Adventures In WonderlandBooks 30 Paid
5The Little PrinceBooks 28 Paid
6Fahrenheit 451Books 26 Paid
7Animal FarmBooks 26 Paid
8The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 24 Paid
91984Books 22 Paid
10Brave New WorldBooks 20 Paid

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