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We hear a lot about hysterically funny stories, romances that make the heart swell, and 10-tissue tear-jerkers. Evoking an emotional response in a reader is one of the hallmarks of a strong author, and anger is no exception. Some books make us angry by design - they have themes of injustice, evil characters doing unconscionable things, or address topics sure to elicit rage. Other books don’t intend to make the reader angry, but do so by accident with poor writing, disappointing endings, plot holes or other failings, or by simply presenting a point of view drastically at odds with their audience. Regardless, a book that makes our blood boil enough to throw it across the room is sure to have us talking about it.

For better or worse, here are 25 reads that left us fuming.

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The Man with Two ArmsBorn and raised in Chicago, author Billy Lombardo loves baseball. His first novel, The Man with Two Arms, follows a unique pitcher with an unusual trait - true ambidextrousness. Lombardo's novel explores the ups and downs of life, love, and America's favorite pastime.

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Celebrating the Centenary of Clayhanger

ClayhangerArnold Bennett’s brilliant novel Clayhanger, the first in his trilogy about life in the Five Towns at the end of the Victorian and start of the Edwardian era, was published 100 years ago. Learn about the books in the trilogy, Bennett’s other books, and all about the man himself.

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