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“If a story touches you, it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” – Neil Gaiman

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Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Year Published: 1945
About: A scathing, darkly comic fairytale, George Orwell’s masterpiece of an idealist utopia’s descent into totalitarianism is as riveting today as when it was first published.

When a group of overworked and mistreated farm animals join together to rebel against their human owner, they set out to turn their once miserable farm into a paradise where all animals are equal, happy and free from the humans who would oppress and control them. However, it quickly becomes apparent that paradise is not so easily found or maintained. Equal parts illuminating and devastating, “Animal Farm” has as much to offer today as it did in 1945.

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Title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Year Published: 1844
About: Betrayal. Romance. Revenge. One of the most widely read novels of all time, The Count of Monte Cristo offers intrigue for all readers.

Betrayed by his friends and enemies, falsely accused of treason, dashing young hero Edmond Dantès has been doomed to spend his life in a secret dungeon deep in the Chateau d'If. What follows is the story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape and carefully wrought revenge. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Dumas' weaves a grand tale of mystery and intrigue, painting a vision of France that has become immortal.

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Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Year Published: 1949
About: Science fiction, Political fiction, Social science fiction, Dystopian Fiction that offers intrigue for all readers.

In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia.

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