Othello / William Shakespeare -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man / James Joyce -- Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë -- The House of the Seven Gables / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Woman in White / Wilkie Collins -- Brave New World / Aldous Huxley -- Les Liaisons Dangereuses / Pierre Choderlos de Laclos -- Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert -- Pygmalion / George Bernard Shaw -- The Mysterious Affair at Styles / Agatha Christie -- Moby Dick / Herman Melville -- A Moveable Feast / Ernest Hemingway -- Women in Love / D.H. Lawrence -- "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" / John Cheever -- Sweet Bird of Youth / Tennessee Williams -- Laughter in the Dark / Vladimir Nabokov -- The Sleeping Beauty and of fairy tales / Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch -- A Room with a View / E.M. Forster -- Howl and other poems / Allen Ginsberg -- The Taming of the Shrew / William Shakespeare -- Deliverance / James Dickey -- Heart of Darkness / Joseph Conrad -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest / Ken Kesey -- One Hundred Years of solitude / Gabriel García Márquez -- Bleak House / Charles Dickens -- The Big Sleep / Raymond Chandler -- Justine / Marquis de Sade -- Quer Pasticciaccio Brutto de via Merulana / Carlo Emilio Gadda -- Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe -- The Nocturnal Conspiracy / Smoke Wyannoch Harvey -- Che Guevara Talks to Young People / Ernesto Guevara de la Serna -- "Good Country People" / Flannery O'Connor -- The Trial / Franz Kafka -- Paradise Lost / John Milton -- The Secret Garden / Frances Hodgson Burnett -- Metamorphoses / Ovid.
A darkly funny coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood moving from one academic outpost to another with her father (a man prone to aphorisms and meteoric affairs), Blue is clever, deadpan, and possessed of a vast lexicon of literary, political, philosophical, and scientific knowledge--and is quite the cinéaste to boot. In her final year of high school at the élite (and unusual) St. Gallway School in Stockton, North Carolina, Blue falls in with a charismatic group of friends and their captivating teacher, Hannah Schneider. But when the drowning of one of Hannah's friends and the shocking death of Hannah herself lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide--or misguide--her.--From publisher description.