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Friday, April 25, 2008

Cult Books

Great Britain’s Telegraph recently published a list of 50 cult books and attempted to define this unusual genre.

“What is a cult book?,” a Telegraph reporter wrote, “We tried and failed to arrive at a definition: books often found in the pockets of murderers; books that you take very seriously when you are 17; books whose readers can be identified to all with the formula ‘ whacko’; books our children just won’t get…”
Here’s a few that made the list:

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Dune by Frank Herbert

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

No Logo by Naomi Klein

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

How would you define a cult book? Do you have a favorite? Let us know.

Don’t Miss …
May 6, 7:30 p.m. Alden Theatre
Conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel, authors of the
syndicated column, "Common Ground" and the recent book Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America, the last event in the library’s Perspectives Series.

Free tickets will be available at the theatre beginning at 7 p.m; limit four tickets per person, first come, first served. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Borders. The Alden Theatre is located in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue. For details call 703-324-8428.

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