If you were stuck on a deserted island, what book would you absolutely have to have with you? We asked our booksellers this very question - their recommendations are below.

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand
Recommended by Pink Rosebud

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read.

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The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Recommended by Cup & Chaucer Books

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little man from a small planet who describes his adventures in the universe seeking the secret of what is really important in life.

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José Saramago
Recommended by Intelgia Books

A parable of loss and disorientation, of man's worst appetities and hopeless weaknesses, Blindness is one of the most challenging, thought-provoking, and ultimately exhilarating novels published in any language in recent years.

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Travels With Charley

John Steinbeck
Recommended by Book & Read On

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. And he reflects on the American character.

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Anatomy of Melancholy

Robert Burton
Recommended by Old & Curious Booksellers

One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton’s astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century.

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The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul

Douglas Adams
Recommended by NBS Books

When a passenger check-in desk at London's Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently?

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Recommended by The Bark of the Beech Tree

In the story of Florentino Ariza, who waits more than half a century to declare his undying love to the beautiful Fermina Daza, whom he lost to Dr. Juvenal Urbino so many years before, García Márquez has created a vividly absorbing fictional world.

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Gone With The Wind

Margaret Mitchell
Recommended by The Old Book Shop

A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.

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Voyage of the Arctic Tern

Hugh Montgomery
Recommended by Narnia Books

A simple fisherman betrays his village for a handful of jewels, a group of courageous Englishmen foils a traitorous Spanish pirate, and a lost soul seeks to redress an ancient wrong by finding a treasure chest.

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Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen
Recommended by Sawyer Bookseller

The last of Jane Austen's works to be published (in 1817), the novel is modeled after the day's popular romances and Gothic thrillers, which it then proceeds to ridicule.

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