Favorite Poorly-Rated Books

Top 10 Favorite Poorly-Rated Books : The Canterbury Tales, The Crucible, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, The Casual Vacancy, The House of the Seven Gables, A Separate Peace, The Dante Club, The Piano Teacher, The Tommyknockers, Titus Alone

The Canterbury Tales
AuthorGeoffrey Chaucer
ISBN0140424385
The procession that crosses Chaucer's pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters -- including Chaucer himself -- are real people, with human emotions...
The Crucible
AuthorArthur Miller
ISBN0142437336
"I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history," Arthur Miller wrote of his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events,...
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
AuthorGregory Maguire
ISBN0060987103
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates...
The Casual Vacancy
AuthorJ.K. Rowling
ISBN0316228532
A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN ...

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich...
The House of the Seven Gables
AuthorNathaniel Hawthorne
ISBN0393924769
The sins of one generation are visited upon another in a haunted New England mansion until the arrival of a young woman from the country breathes new air into mouldering lives and rooms. Written shortly after The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables re-addresses the theme of human guilt in a style...
A Separate Peace
AuthorJohn Knowles
ISBN0743253973
An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.

Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World...
The Dante Club
AuthorMatthew Pearl
A magnificent blend of fact and fiction, a brilliantly realized paean to Dante's continued grip on our imagination, and a captivating thriller that will surprise readers from beginning to end.

Words can bleed.

In 1865 Boston, the literary geniuses of the Dante Club—poets and...
The Piano Teacher
AuthorElfriede Jelinek
ISBN0802118062
The Piano Teacher, the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a shocking, searing, aching portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and her darkest desires.
Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory,...
The Tommyknockers
AuthorStephen King
Librarian's Note: This is alternate cover edition #2
ISBN 10: 0451156609
ISBN13: 9780451156600
See: Original Record Here

Late Last Night and the Night Before ...
... Tommyknockers, tommyknockers, knocking at the door.

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson's...
Titus Alone
AuthorMervyn Peake
ISBN0345730097

Titus Alone has the charms and eccentricities, the verbal and visual beauties of its two formidable predecessors, but it is only about half as long as they are, with extremely short chapters, and it lacks their concentrated richness, their depth and perspective.

Is it a radical departure,...
The Little Friend
AuthorDonna Tartt
ISBN1400031699
Bestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil.

The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve...
Son of a Witch
AuthorGregory Maguire
ISBN0060747226
Liir hid in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Left for dead in a gully, the teen is shattered in spirit and body. But silent novice Candle tends him at the Cloister of Saint Glinda, and wills him back to life with her music.

What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really...
The Interestings
AuthorMeg Wolitzer
ISBN1594488398
The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable....
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
AuthorMary Roach
ISBN0393329127
"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that—the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity...
AuthorEdmund Spenser
ISBN0140422072
The Faerie Queene was the first epic in English and one of the most influential poems in the language for later poets from Milton to Tennyson. Dedicating his work to Elizabeth I, Spenser brilliantly united medieval romance and renaissance epic to expound the glory of the Virgin Queen. The poem recounts...
Market Forces
AuthorRichard K. Morgan
ISBN0345457749
A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other–in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed,...
AuthorTéa Obreht
ISBN0385343833
Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Téa Obreht, the youngest of The New Yorker’s twenty best American fiction writers under forty, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.

In a Balkan...
Napoleon's Pyramids
AuthorWilliam Dietrich
ISBN0060848324
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author William Dietrich introduces readers to the globe-trotting American adventurer Ethan Gage in Napoleon’s Pyramids—an ingenious, swashbuckling yarn whose action-packed pages nearly turn themselves. The first book in Dietrich’s fabulously...
Benighted
AuthorKit Whitfield
ISBN0345491637
It is a world much like our own, with one deadly difference: ninety-nine percent of the population is lycanthropic. When the full moon rises, humans transform into lunes, bloodthirsty beasts who cannot be reasoned with or tamed. Those few born unable to change are disparagingly known as barebacks,...
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
AuthorAimee Bender
ISBN0385501129
The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse.

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s...
Skipping Christmas
AuthorJohn Grisham
ISBN0099481685
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop...
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
AuthorJane Smiley
ISBN0449910830
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres

"Rousing . . . Action-packed . . . A gripping story about love, fortitude, and convictions that are worth fighting for."--Los Angeles Times

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

"POWERFUL...
Scarlett
AuthorAlexandra Ripley
ISBN0446363251
The timeless tale continues... The most popular and beloved American historical novel ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now bestselling writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to...
The Inheritance of Loss
AuthorKiran Desai
ISBN0802142818
In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju,...
AuthorFriedrich Schiller
ISBN3150000386
Friedrich Schillers "dramatisches Gedicht" Don Karlos, Infant von Spanien hat eine ungewöhnliche lange Entstehungszeit und eine komplizierte Entstehungsgeschichte. Die ersten Entwürfe stammen aus dem Jahr 1783, die letzten Änderungen reichen bis ins Jahr 1805. Erstmals publiziert und...
When We Were Orphans
AuthorKazuo Ishiguro
ISBN0571225403
An English boy born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances. Sent to live in England, he grows up to become a renowned detective and, 20 years later, returns to Shanghai, where the Sino-Japanese War is raging.

The...
Amnesia Moon
AuthorJonathan Lethem
In Jonathan Lethem's wryly funny novel, we meet a young man named Chaos, who's living in a movie theater in post-apocalyptic Wyoming, drinking alcohol, and eating food out of cans.

It's an unusual and at times unbearable existence, but Chaos soon discovers that his post-nuclear reality may...
AuthorSam Selvon
ISBN0582642647
From the brilliant, sharp, witty pen of Sam Selvon, his classic award-winning novel of immigrant life in London in the 1950s.

'His Lonely Londoners has acquired a classic status since it appeared in 1956 as the definitive novel about London's West Indians.' — Financial Times

'The...
Slow Man
AuthorJ.M. Coetzee
ISBN0099490625
Paul Rayment is on the threshold of a comfortable old age when a calamitous cycling accident results in the amputation of a leg. Humiliated, his body truncated, his life circumscribed, he turns away from his friends.

He hires a nurse named Marijana, with whom he has a European childhood in common:...
Animals
AuthorEmma Jane Unsworth
ISBN1443433055
Laura and Tyler are two young women who have been tearing up the city streets for ten years, leaving a trail of angry drug dealers and spent men in their wake. Now Laura is engaged to be married and her teetotal classical pianist fiancé, Jim, is away overseas. Tyler wants to keep the party going but Laura...
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