What are the best recommended books by David Bowie?

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    #1A People’s History of the United States

    A People’s History of the United States

    A People's History of the United States is 1980 bestseller by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. The book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America.


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    Charles Weaver
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love reading books that David Bowie recommends. I found A People's History of the United States and found it to be very thought provoking and almost intentionally forthright. I came across this book and almost felt like it was the best recapture of all the important events in the history of the country."
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    #2Flaubert's Parrot

    Flaubert's Parrot

    Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes is a speculative fiction novel originally published in 1984. This book was preceded by Before She Met Me. Flaubert's Parrot won the Prix Médicis Essai award and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.


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    Mildred Edwards
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A great novel that was published back in the eighties but won a prize. This book is amazing and incredible."
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    #3As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her family and her wish to be buried in Mississippi, her hometown. This novel is narrated in the perspectives of many characters including when Addie is still alive. 


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    Mark Mendoza
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "William Faulkner brings a good novel primarily written from a past perspective. I wasn't too into it at first, but the story brought on some good points during the mid chapter section. I liked how the characters were introduced in the life of Addie Bundren in a way how Forrest Gump was. Not too bad of a read to be honest. "
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    #4Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus is an award-winning novel by Angela Carter. It tells the story of Jack, a journalist, who joins Colonel Kearney's traveling circus to be with the woman he loves, a trapeze artist named Sophie Fevvers.


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    Kathryn Taylor
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is so very original, witty and well-written. It's a fun story, with an unpredictable plot and larger than life characters. A very enjoyable read."
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    #5The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
    The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea is Yukio Mishima's depiction of teenage angst and rebellion against the ideal adult life, and how their emotions can lead them to make terrible choices with irreparable consequences. 

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    Anna Woods
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea is an epic book written by Yukio Mishima of a teenagers transition into adulthood. Not always pleasant, but yet intriguing the book follows the life of a gang member and the consequences of their choices."
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    #6In 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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    Jerry Ross
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I was really impressed by this book. I read it as a part of my college's book club and we all loved it. We allowed ourselves two weeks to read the book before we would discuss it openly. I finished it in about a week and so did the other members. I enjoyed the murder mystery, but I liked the psychological elements a lot more. It allowed me to get into the mind of a killer, but my club members enjoyed the murder mystery more when we discussed it. That is the great thing about this book; people can enjoy many different things about it, which is why I understand the praise it received from David Bowie."
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    #7The Waste Land and Other Poems

    The Waste Land and Other Poems
    The Waste Land and Other Poems includes some of the best works by T.S Eliot during his early years as a poet. Eliot left an unremarkably big influence in English poetry that continually inspires other poets in their work up to this day.

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    Arjun Bose
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I once heard that David Bowie recommended people read The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot. This has a lot of Eliot's earlier works and it's really good. If you are a poetry fan, you have to get this, if you're not you should get it anyone since it might make you a fan! "
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    #8The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita is a satire about the devil visiting the godless Soviet Union in the 1930s. Mikhail Bulgakov wrote the book during Stalin's regime and can be regarded as a response to political repression.


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    Nancy White
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I had a friend asking me got advice on one of the best recommended books by David Bowie. I helped them find the selections and we ended up going with The Master and Margarita based on the name alone."
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    #9A Confederacy of Dunces

    A Confederacy of Dunces
    A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece by John Kennedy Toole's, The hero, Ignatius J. Reilly is a huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, latter-day Gargantua, and Don Quixote of the French Quarter.

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    Matthew Collins
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "David Bowie had a long list of books that he recommended recently and after looking through them one of the best that I picked out has to be A Confederacy of Dunces. This book is probably one of the funniest books I've read yet."
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    #10The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 


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    Willie Turner
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I started to read the The Iliad since I notice the book was recommended by David Bowie. I am glad that I read this book since it was such a good read."
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    #11Vile Bodies

    Vile Bodies

    Vile Bodies is a satirical novel written by Evelyn Waugh and it was first published in 1930 by Chapman & Hall. This book was set in England after the chaos of World War I.


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    Tiffany Snyder
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "this is a fun book full of satire, this is not for a serious reader, this is for someone just looking for entertainment value. The book is quirky and different. Its a bit slow to start, but after a couple chapters you get into it"
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    #12Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, (The Perennial Classics) is a Classics Historical , Cultural and Fiction Novel written by Muriel Spark. It was published February 3, 1999 by HarpPerenM.


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    Lori Hudson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I have no idea how this relates to David Bowie. Looks like it's worth a read based off reviews."
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    #13The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a fiction novel written by Junot Díaz which follows the life of Dominican ghetto nerd named Oscar. This has won awards such as The Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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    Anthony Grant
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is an amazing book and as an introduction to Latin American culture, as transplanted to the United States, it's eye opening and magical. So far as I know, it has nothing to do with Bowie, so if that's why you came here, you might be disappointed. Otherwise, this fantastical book is well worth your attention."
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    Fingersmith is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Waters which centers on orphan Sue Trinder who is living with Mrs. Sucksby and her family, and her love interest who is also an orphan. 

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    Adam Tucker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book represents many of the best qualities of the fiction genre. It is a complex, richly visualized, portrait of Victorian era England. But, more than that, it transcends the normal bounds of a period piece by moving further afield than drawing rooms and country estates, and explores niches of the era that the layman wouldn’t know exist."


Best What are the best recommended books by David Bowie
1A People’s History of the United StatesBooks 33 Paid
2Flaubert's ParrotBooks 30 Paid
3As I Lay DyingBooks 28 Paid
4Nights at the CircusBooks 25 Paid
5The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the SeaBooks 24 Paid
6In Cold BloodBooks 23 Paid
7The Waste Land and Other PoemsBooks 21 Paid
8The Master and MargaritaBooks 19 Paid
9A Confederacy of DuncesBooks 17 Paid
10The IliadBooks 15 Paid

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