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List of the Day: 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime

by Bill Hayes

In 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, Business Insider list 35 must-reads, some of which I disagree with (but that’s the point of the list).

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

In the first book of the series, Arthur Dent is warned by his friend Ford Prefect — a secret researcher for the interstellar travel guide “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” — that Earth is about to be demolished.

The pair escapes on an alien spaceship, and the book follows their bizarre adventures around the universe along with quotes from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide” like: “A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”

“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

“Brave New World” is about a government that is conditioning and drugging people to convince them they’re happy.

Set in dystopian London in 2540 AD, the book explores themes of commodification, psychological manipulation, developments in reproductive technology, and the power of knowledge. [more]