What are the best recommended books by Esquire?

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    #1For Whom the Bell Tolls

    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a book by Ernest Hemingway. Widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s.

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    Emma Reynolds
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I liked the book, its author shows us the conflicts of the Spanish Civil War between the army of Franco and the Republicans, but also gives us to know the internal struggle of each of these men of the time. A classic"
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    #2The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


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    Saúl Castro
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The grapes of wrath is one of those books I had always heard about being a great classic. I just don't like reading about such depressing topics like the great depression or about families trying to survive."
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    #3One 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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    Dennis Davidson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "this is a great book. id say that everyone needs to read this book"
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Craig Miller
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is recommended by virtually everyone. It is one of the greatest works of science fiction of all time. Interesting, funny, and thought provoking. 10 stars on a 5 point scale."
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    #5American Pastoral

    American Pastoral

    American Pastoral is a classic Philip Roth novel about Swede, who was living a happy life in the Boomer generation until his daughter became a fanatical teenager prone to savage acts of political terrorism.


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    Terry Woods
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I am usually not a fan of the books recommended by Esquire, but when my friend also recommended this to me I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to read the interesting story of a young woman."
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    #6A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories is a classic Southern fiction written by Flannery O'Connor. It is first published in 1953.

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    Tammy Tran
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Flannery O'Connor is truly a master of the short story. After the first one, you're hooked. Reading her work is like getting throat punched repeatedly, but liking it. Highly recommend if your looking for a quick read full of suspense and anticipation. "
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    #7The Professional

    The Professional
    The Professional is a young adult sports novel written by W.C. Heinz, a notable sportswriter. It was first published in 1958 and is a vivid depiction of the world of boxing both inside and outside the ring. 

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    Peter Bates
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Recommended in Esquire's 2015 80 best books every man should read is a realistic depiction of boxing that gives you interesting and well-developed characters and distinctive dialogues. "It's about fighting, but it's also about watching and listening, and it's about patience, and honing, and craft, and sparseness, and beauty, and crushing, awful defeat." This book definitely gives me the feeling that i'm looking for in a boxing story."
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    #8Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.


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    Beverly Harris
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Invisible Man is a great book about struggle and perseverance. I'm not sure if any book can be "the best" book ever, but this is a recommended read for sure."
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    #9Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Katherine Moreno
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "An excellent choice for an advance reader who wants to combine a little bit of both Indian history and fantasy. The author writes for advanced readers, therefore making this book appropriate for graduate level classes in the study of India and it's culture. This book is not for the faint of heart or those who struggle to comprehend advanced concepts."
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    #10Rabbit, Run

    Rabbit, Run

    Rabbit, Run is classic literature, fiction novel written John Updike. It was published August 27, 1996 by Random House Trade Paperbacks. It follows the story of Harry "Rabbit Angstrom.


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    Abel Aranda
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Rabbit, Run is top shelf fiction you will be glad you choose. The only thing I was not a fan of was the excessive sex talk. I was going to stop reading, but I am glad I did not. Only recommended for adults. "
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    #11What It Takes: The Way to the White House

    What It Takes: The Way to the White House

    What It Takes: The Way to the White House is a non-fiction book about politics written by Richard Ben Cramer. This book was originally published in 1992.


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    Robert Jensen
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "In this non-fiction book author Richard Ben Cramer takes us into the hectic and surreal world of political campaigning. He reviews the 1988 presidential race and gives us readers new information from behind the scenes. "
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    #12A Fan's Notes

    A Fan's Notes

    A Fan's Notes is a fictional memoir of an autobiographical trilogy written by Frederick Exley wherein he shares his failure in life and his resurrection from despair. 


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    Louis Flores
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Poor solution. Gets 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon but it's thinly reviewed."
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    #13Winesburg, Ohio

    Winesburg, Ohio

    Winesburg, Ohio is a cycle of short stories written by Sherwood Anderson. First published in 1919, it focuses on life in a small town at the turn of the century.


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    Linda Brewer
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a book that you either love or yawn through. I'm from Ohio so I thought I would really enjoy it, but it is a bit slow for my taste. If you have trouble sleeping, however, it is a great option. "
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    Airships is a standalone contemporary classic collection of 20 short stories celebrating the new American South written by Barry Hannah. Esquire magazine has given this book the Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award.

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    Dylan Hayes
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I found it strange that a book that received Esquires' seal of approval wasn't able to hold my interest. Although the first few stories were appealing, the writer's style was very different from what I am accustomed to and I couldn't keep up. "


Best What are the best recommended books by Esquire
1For Whom the Bell TollsBooks 33 Paid
2The Grapes of WrathBooks 29 Paid
3One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 28 Paid
4Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 27 Paid
5American PastoralBooks 25 Paid
6A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other StoriesBooks 24 Paid
7The ProfessionalBooks 22 Paid
8Invisible ManBooks 21 Paid
9Midnight's ChildrenBooks 19 Paid
10Rabbit, RunBooks 17 Paid

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