The Avid Reader September 2009


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How do we become book lovers? Oh, there are many factors - how quickly we learn to read, how often our parents read to us and their level of enthusiasm, maybe even genetics. But we all go to high school.

Surely one of the deciding factors in whether books become a passion for us is high school. The teachers we learn from, the books we're assigned and the way we experience other worlds, lives and realities through the written word all influence our perspective and our very beings.

What do high school students read in the Ukraine? How would the reading list of a Filipino teenager differ from that of a Canadian one?

Starting right here in the AbeBooks office, from our very own staff, we take a look at the books we read in high school, that help shape our tastes and love of reading for the future.

> Required Reading Worldwide
Julius Caesar, required reading in Alabama, U.S.A.

Siddhartha, required reading in Alaska, U.S.A.
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A Town Like Alice A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

5 star Reviewed by Anna

The epic story A Town Like Alice is a book to savour! Romance, war and triumph of the human spirit - who could ask for more! This fabulously written tale spans decades... Read the whole review

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Top 10 Most Expensive Trilogies Sold by AbeBooks

What's better than one book? Three books. However a trilogy is collected, the full set can fetch quite a sum. See just how much fans were willing to pay for their favourite trios with our top 10 list of most expensive trilogies sold on AbeBooks.

Top 10 Most Expensive Trilogies

Easton Press

With each book bound in genuine leather and accented with 22kt gold, it's easy to see why Easton Press is one of our most popular requests. Many titles are now out of print and highly collectable, but that doesn't mean you can't find treasured past and present editions on AbeBooks.

Enjoy Easton Press

Booker Prize Longlist

Every year, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction is one of the most anticipated, predicted and talked about literary awards. This year's longlist has been announced, and as always, there are some surprises. Some big names with new books were left off (Margaret Atwood, where are you?), and in an unusual twist, one of the nominees is authored by a chimpanzee - specifically, Tarzan's sidekick, Cheeta.

Booker Longlist
Signed Bestsellers in August
  1. Mastering the Art of French Cooking
    Julia Child
  2. Where the Red Fern Grows
    Wilson Rawls
  3. Tuesdays with Morrie
    Mitch Albom
  4. Nickel and Dimed
    Barbara Ehrenreich
  5. The Power of Commitment
    Jerry White
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Most Expensive Books Sold in August

The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer - $9,250

Chaucer's opus printed by Golden Cockerel Press in four volumes from 1928-1931, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliff - limited to 500 copies.

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