10. A Clockwork Orange-Anthony Burgess Set in the future. Tale of a SERIOUS JD who kills 2 people and gets chucked into jail. He volunteers for an anti-crime brainwashing program which leaves him unable to even view violence. His former tormentees now torment him. He un-brainwashes himself, does some more crime, then questions the purpose of his life and decides to settle down and marry. (a la Todd Rundren in the 70s- We Gotta Get You a Woman- Rube probably remembers that little gem) Now I want to see the movie. 11. For Whom The Bell Tolls-Ernest Hemingway During the '37 Spanish Civil War. Details 3 days in the life of an American demolitions expert who is to blow a bridge for the Communists. He falls in love and shares a number of experiences and emotions regarding the event. He destroys the bridge, but is mortally wounded shortly thereafter. Considered by many to be Hemingway's best book. Despite the sordid subject matter, I thought it was excellent. So far only Catcher in the Rye has been a dud, although Decision Points is a tough read if you're Bush-averse and expect cohesive organization in your books.