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    Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald

Fletch, investigative reporter extraordinaire, can't be bothered with deadlines or expense-account budgets when it comes to getting his story. Working undercover at the beach to dig up a drug-trafficking scheme for his next blockbuster piece, Fletch is invited into a much deeper narrative.

Year: 1974
Genre: Comic MysteryDrug DealingInvestigative Reporter

    Confess, Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald

Fletch, now newly engaged and happily living out his days in Italy, finds himself embroiled in yet another scandal. His soon-to-be father-in-law has been kidnapped and is now presumed dead, and the priceless collection of rare art that belongs to his fiancée's family has been stolen

Year: 1976
Genre: Comic MysteryPainting

    Beggarman, Thief by Irwin Shaw

Year: 1977
Genre: Family Saga

    Ransom by Jay McInerney

Living in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Christopher Ransom seeks a purity and simplicity he could not find at home, and tries to exorcise the terror he encountered earlier in his travels--a blur of violence and death at the Khyber Pass. Increasingly, Ransom and his circle are threatened, by everything they thought they had left behind, in a sequence of events whose consequences Ransom can forestall but cannot change.

Year: 1985
Genre: Exile

    Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Six foot six, 242 pounds, and possessed of a scant IQ of 70, Forrest Gump is the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this classic comic tale. His early life may seem inauspicious, but when the University of Alabama’s football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, it sets him on an unbelievable path that will transform him from Vietnam hero to world-class Ping-Pong player, from wrestler to entrepreneur.

Year: 1986

    The Last of the Savages by Jay McInerney

From the bestselling author of "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Brightness Falls" comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at the beginning of the explosive '60s. Over the next 30 years, they remain friends even as they pursue radically divergent destinies--and harbor secrets that defy rebellion and conformity.

Year: 1997

    The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

A vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. Lethem creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory.

Year: 2003
Genre: Coming of Age

    Joyland by Stephen King

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Year: 2013
Genre: Coming of AgeThriller

    The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6.

Year: 2018
Genre: Cold War EspionageKGBMI6

 

 

Titles

Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1974Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald Comic Mystery, Drug Dealing, Investigative Reporter, Fletch
1976Confess, Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald Comic Mystery, Painting, Fletch, Flynn, Boston
1977Beggarman, Thief by Irwin Shaw Family Saga
1985Ransom by Jay McInerney Exile
1986Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
1997The Last of the Savages by Jay McInerney
2003The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem Coming of Age, New York City
2013Joyland by Stephen King Coming of Age, Thriller
2018The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre Cold War Espionage, KGB, MI6, Non-Fiction
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

 

 

 


 

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