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08/20/2013 08:55 am ET

40 Trashy Novels You Must Read Before You Die – Flavorwire

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First things first: the history of the novel is already tangled up with the notion of “trash.” Peruse the great 19th-century realist novels — particularly Jane Austen’s, say — and you’ll catch characters insulting each other’s reading habits. But there are a lot of reasons to read other than intellectual elevation.

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