What are the best modern-day classic books?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Randy Hamilton
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There is a very good reason that To Kill a Mockingbird has become a required read for some of the elementary schools around the world. This book will always be a classic because of the way it touches sensitive subjects. Glory to this book for helping people understand racism and hope cope with it and heal instead of pretending our history did not happen."
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    #2I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.


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    Judy Woods
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Written in 1968 you won't believe just how well this book's story stacks up today. Just every bit as good as when I read it as a little girl."
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    #3Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a folksy, fresh, endearing and affecting story. Written by one of the fairest and funniest ladies in America, it tells a contrasting, yet enthralling tale of humor and drama.


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    Virginia Bates
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "When searching for a modern-day classic book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe definitely fits the bill. This 400 page novel was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America Awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award."
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    #4The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Tang Su
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I have not read this book, but I read the synopsis. It sounds interesting and like something I would read. In fact, I have added it to my cart on Amazon now. It has 4.5 star rating on Amazon, which is impressive. "
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    #5The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    Nancy Bennett
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Giver is a sweet and impactful story by Lois Lowry. This book is a classic that can be enjoyed today. Jonas is a boy who learns his role in a very structured society and we see the changes this brings to his life. This is a great book for a birthday or even a graduate. "
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    #6Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    Roger Brooks
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I love sci-fi, but I just couldn't get into Dune for some reason. I think the writing is too dry and it takes way too long for anything to happen. I got through it but the payoff wasn't worth it for me."
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    #7Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.


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    Matthew Guerrero
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a book that has been out for over a decade. About a thousand people have read it, and most of them have given it a good Amazon review. It seems to be a book enjoyed by many, but should not be categorized as a best of book because it is not widely popular."
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    #8Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science-fiction novel written by Philip K. Dick. It was originally published in 1968, and it is the first book in the Blade Runner series.


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    Lori Oliver
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "As an author who changed the world's view towards postmodernism in society, Philip K. Dick managed to both be one of the most brilliant writers of his generation, and the author of extremely entertaining modern-day classic books. I read this thought provoking novel and found it full of dramatic plot twists. I know this novel is an excellent choice for a hard core science fiction aficionado like me, and for anybody who seeks to be entertained by a great book."
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    #9The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.


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    Kevin Martinez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A very intense and literary piece. I thought about this book for a while after I read it and recommended it to others so we could discuss it."
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    #10A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 


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    Anthony Grant
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "We've all seen the movie. In fact, I saw the movie years before I got around to reading the source material. As good as Kubrick's film is, the book is light years better and even more shocking. It's scary to see some of the present in this dystopian tale about a gang of ruffians."
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    #11Watership Down

    Watership Down

    Watership Down is a book by Richard Adams about a band of rabbits who leaves their home to create a new and better one in a different place. This allegorical tale also tells the adventure and challenging journey of rabbits.


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    Jacob Stephens
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Watership Down is in my top 10 all time favorite books. This is a book that I find myself going back to from time to time. It is such a masterpiece. Richard Adams is a master writer."
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    #12Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants is a book by Sara Gruen which tells the story of Jacob who has to work with a problematic man in a traveling circus and later they will acquire an elephant that they will name Rosie.


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    Zhao Gu
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Circus books are rare. Water for elephants takes a modern look."
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    #13Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry is on his second year at Hogwarts and more exciting but dangerous things are yet to come. 


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    Ayaan Sharma
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The illustrations in this installment of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are absolutely stunning. The mystical images capture the essence of this novel that we all grew up loving. "
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    #14In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the story of a murder, and the investigation that leads to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. This book transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

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    Joseph Mendoza
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is one of the best examples of a recent classic, and stands as one of the very best true-crime novels ever written. I read this book for a literature course I took in school many years back, but I can still recall how it made me feel, and how it so completely engrossed me. Not only was it an entertaining page turner, but it also made many astute observations about American crime."
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    #15The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about how Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book has won a number of awards for its contribution to the young adult genre.

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    Roger Schneider
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The main character Ponyboy finds himself in a society where he doesn't fit in. His two brothers and two friends spend this book in conflict with a gang of rich white kids called the Socs. Labeled a "greaser" he is subject to verbal and physical abuse from the Socs. One night, however, things, take a turn for the worse when someone takes it too far."


Best What are the best modern-day classic books
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 45 Paid
2I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Books 40 Paid
3Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeBooks 37 Paid
4The Book ThiefBooks 32 Paid
5The GiverBooks 29 Paid
6Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 27 Paid
7Fight ClubBooks 27 Paid
8Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Books 23 Paid
9The Man Without QualitiesBooks 19 Paid
10A Clockwork OrangeBooks 17 Paid

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