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A 14-year-old girl seeks revenge for her father's murder in the Wild West. With the help of a one-eyed, tough-as-nails U.S. Marshal, Mattie Ross is determined to catch the culprit in Indian Territory. This American classic is a straight and unflinching tale of grit and determination.
Recommended byAnthony Bourdain
Explores the twisted and haunting world of rural southern Ohio and West Virginia from the end of World War II to the 1960s. Follow a cast of compelling and bizarre characters that includes a tormented veteran, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, a spider-handling preacher, and a violent but good man named Arvin Eugene Russell. The Devil All the Time is a dark and riveting page-turner that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved.
Recommended byAnthony Bourdain
Drug-runners and small towns turned free-fire zones set the scene for Cormac McCarthy's latest novel. Llewellyn Moss discovers a pickup truck surrounded by dead bodies, its back loaded with two million dollars in cash and heroin. When he takes the money, he sets off a chain of catastrophic violence that not even aging Sheriff Bell can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers, McCarthy explores themes as old as the Bible and as current as this morning's headlines. A triumph in stripping down and broadening the American crime novel.
In the Rocky Mountains of 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass proves his resilience when he is mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead by his companions. Driven by revenge, Glass embarks on an epic journey across the American frontier to seek retribution against those who betrayed him. The Revenant is a gripping tale of grit, determination, and obsession that inspired the acclaimed film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
A tale of a young man's desperate struggle against his own innate faith, Wise Blood follows the story of Hazel Motes as he falls under the spell of a blind preacher and his degenerate daughter. In a cynical move to prove himself a greater cynic than the preacher, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ, but is still unable to shake his belief in God. Along the way, he meets a young man with "wise blood" and together they explore themes of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, and wisdom. A classic of twentieth-century American fiction, Wise Blood offers one of the most riveting characters in literature.
This western classic features a Mormon woman facing religious persecution and the aid of "Gentile" gunmen in nineteenth century Utah. It offers an early critique on polygamy in the Old West. A must-read for fans of the genre.
Recommended byTim O’Reilly
Embark on a journey across America during the time of Manifest Destiny in a novel that captures the essence of adventure, mourning, and the country's history. Follow the life of Stephen Moran as he travels from the Civil War through to the Battle of Little Big Horn, all while interacting with historical figures such as Walt Whitman and General Grant. This elegiac and comic tale is a truly unique vision of the United States' past.
Embark on a thrilling adventure with a wandering sailor named Ishmael and his voyage aboard the Pequod, a whaling ship led by the vengeful Captain Ahab. Their mission? To hunt down a white whale of massive size and ferocity known as Moby-Dick. With few ships having encountered this elusive creature, the stakes are high and the danger is real in this classic tale by Herman Melville.