50 of the World’s best loved books and the stories behind them

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I am reading a fascinating book right now that I can’t put down. And the funny thing is, this book is about 50 other books. It is called “Who the hell is Pansy O’Hara?: The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world’s best-loved books” by Jenny Bond & Chris Sheedy. This would be a great book to share with your teenagers to entice them to read the actual books described inside.

The description of the book from the back cover states:

“An entertaining journey through the minds of writers and the true tales that shaped their most famous books”

There are a wide variety of books, not all what would be considered literary works. There are 40 works of fiction, chronologically from 1813 with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to 2003 with The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Other novels included are such diverse titles as Crime and Punishment, The War of the Worlds, The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit, The Catcher in the Rye, Casino Royale, Lolita, The Godfather, Carrie, The Color Purple and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

There are also 10 works of Nonfiction included. They range from the earliest being The English Dictionary by Samuel Johnson in 1755 to the most recent in 1988 by Stephen Hawking with A Brief History of Time. Others include The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin and Roots, by Alex Haley.

I highly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys book or to anybody that would like to begin reading more books.

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  1. Thanks for this- I’m going to have to get it!

  2. Sounds interestin’.

    I need to go to the nearest bookstore to check it out.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Cheers!

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