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Yes, it's entry r out of a series of n in the "help rho figure out what to do over the summer" series!

I'm looking for book recommendations. Specificly, I'm looking for recommendations for books that I wouldn't normally read; the sort of books that are outside of my field and outside of my genre of choice. I already know plenty of good books about physics, and plenty of SF&F type books. What I don't know is what the best books to read for 18th century history are. Or what the world's best detective novels are. Or anything like that.

Since I'm looking to read outside of my normal range, what I'm really looking for are the very best books of their type. The really best examples of a genre, the books that best explain a certain subject, if possible, the books that you never tire of reading and the books that change your whole perspective on life. The sort of thing that's likely to get me enthused about a subject or genre and make me want to go and read more, and generally branch out.

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Magical realism - 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

A good book by an Israeli author: See Under:Love by David Grossman.

ooh, these books were compared, in this quote:
"In a few nearly mythic books, such as Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Günter Grass's The Tin Drum, Gabriel García Máquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, large visions of history get hold in innovative ways. See Under: LOVE may be a worthy successor to this small but awesome canon." — Edmund White, The New York Times Book Review

(But I have not read either of the other two books mentioned in that quote.)

C. Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson's Law: The Pursuit of Progress . It's about how beaurocracy works, and how people in an office work (fsvo). And it's funny.

Should I recommend Zamyatin's We? It's a dystopia, so it might be filed next to 1984 and Brave New World, and those are Speculative Fiction.

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