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The Brothers Grimm: 101 Fairy Tales. When
I was a child I frightened easily. As an adult,
well, things haven’t changed much. I refuse to
see horror films, and I leap out of my seat at
anything remotely scary, hands ever at the
ready to cover my eyes. So the Grimms’ fairy
tales might not seem like an obvious choice,
but they really are some of my favorite stories.
These tales of witches, wolves, children in dan-
ger and dark forests are scary in a fun way.
From “Little Red Cap” to “The Robber
Bridegroom,” this is a great anthology that any
fan of these classic tales will be sure to enjoy.
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was delighted to find there were so many of
them, despaired when I came to the end of
them, but happily discovered that they stood
up to rereading (and re-re-re-reading). These
12 stories, beginning with “A Scandal in
Bohemia,” capture Holmes at his deductive-reasoning best.
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules
Verne. One of the early lessons I learned from
my paternal grandmother is to respect the
power of the ocean. From powerful tides to
the mysterious creatures that live beneath the
surface, it’s a force—and source—of mystery
and amazement. So it should come as little
surprise that this novel is one of my favorite
classics. The book begins with the crew of the
Abraham Lincoln setting out to track down a
mysterious sea monster. They finally battle
with the creature in the Pacific Ocean, only to
learn that it’s a submarine piloted by the enig-
matic Captain Nemo. From there, members
of the expedition—a French marine biologist,
his assistant and harpoonist Ned Land—
travel the world’s oceans as passengers on the
Nautilus. Their travels take them to coral
reefs, ice shelves and the fictional Atlantis. It’s
a grand adventure fueled by just the right
amount of fact and fiction.
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens.
There is a reason this Dickens masterpiece has
been made into a movie or television mini-series at least 16 times. It is not just a coming-of-age saga; it may be the coming-of-age saga.
Perhaps Dickens’ most autobiographical
novel, and set in early Victorian England, the
book follows a sad orphan, Pip, who lives with
an abusive sister and her husband in the
marshes of Kent. Believing he deserves better
than this dreary life, through a series of (mis)
adventures Pip eventually rises through the
maelstrom of social change to become a
London gentleman, abandoning old friends
along the way.
The book introduces us to characters
only Dickens could create, such as Miss
Havisham, a wealthy recluse, and her adopted
daughter, Estella, with whom Pip falls in love
(sparking his rise to make himself worthy of
her); Magwitch, a convict; and many more.
This novel has remained relevant through the
years thanks to its rich story and characters.
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Other leather-bound Canterbury classics
available at Costco this August include The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark
Twain; Dracula, by Bram Stoker; Jane Eyre,
by Charlotte Brontë; Little Women, by
Louisa May Alcott; and Sense and Sensibility
and Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle. The iconic tweeds.
The deerstalker cap. The meerschaum pipe.
The beloved, and abused, violin. Before CSI,
before House, before Poirot or Marple or
Chan or any of the hundreds who followed,
there was Holmes, the literary world’s first
Inimitable, often inscrutable, potentially
exasperating but always illuminating,
Sherlock Holmes, with his trusty sidekick, Dr.
Watson, brought deduction and forensic sci-
ence out from their home at 221B Baker
Street and onto the streets of 19th-century
London. After discovering Doyle’s stories, I
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