31. Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov
31. 《罪与罚》《卡拉马佐夫兄弟》

By Dostoyevsky. These two classics are fascinating for their explorations of the human psyche under extreme conditions. An existentialist before his time, Dostoyevsky is a powerful writer.

32. The Broke
32. 破坏欲

By John Grisham. He’s such a good storyteller that you can’t put down his books. Also see The Runaway Jury and The Testament.

33. The Catcher in the Rye
33. 麦田守望者

By J.D. Salinger. The main character is just someone you root for, who you want to be friends with. Also see Salinger’s Franny and Zooey.
作者J.D. 塞林格,故事的主人公刻画得很真实,它能引起我们的共鸣,也让我们想靠近。塞林格的其他作品还包括《弗兰妮与卓埃》。

34. Aztec
34. 阿兹特克

By Gary Jennings. Amazing historical fiction, so detailed and thoroughly researched and fascinating. You won’t believe this book, or any of its sequels. Also see his wonderful story of Marco Polo — so rich in detail: Journeyer.

35. Creation
35. 造物弄人

By Gore Vidal. Another master of historical fiction, Vidal follows a fictional Persion diplomat who meets major philosophers of the time, from Socrates to Zoroaster and Buddha and Lao Tsu and Confucius. Also see Lincoln, another example of Vidal’s best historical fiction, and the best insight into Lincoln you’ll ever find.

36. To Kill a Mockingbird
36. 杀死一只知更鸟

By Harper Lee. It’s a gripping story set in a small southern town with memorable characters. You’ve probably read it already — but it’s worth another visit.

37. Shibumi

By Trevanian. Not exactly a classic, but a hidden treasure of the spy genre. Compelling story with a main character you’ll wish you could be, especially if you’re a guy.

38. Me Talk Pretty One Day

By David Sedaris. Absolutely hilarious and brilliant social commentary in the guise of a memoir. OK, this isn’t exactly a novel, but the stories are so exaggerated as to be almost fictional. Also read his others, including Naked and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

39. The Grapes of Wrath
39. 愤怒的葡萄

By John Steinbeck. A monumental classic by a master, explores the plight of the poor who are exploited by modern corporations in an epic tale of struggling sharecroppers.

40. Deep Blue Good-bye
40. 深蓝再见

By John D. MacDonald. The first of the incredible Travis McGee series. McGee is a hard-nosed “salvage expert” — actually a private eye who lives on a boat (called The Busted Flush) and is one of the most memorable detective characters since Sherlock Holmes.