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1,000 Books To Read Before You Die

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Consider it a literary bucket list. The new book, "1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List" is an extraordinary book that’s as readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends.

Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, "1,000 Books to Read Before You Die" ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation: You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works,” rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.

The man responsible is James Mustich. James began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986, he co-founded the acclaimed book catalog, A Common Reader, and was for two decades its guiding force.

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