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50 Books to Read Before You’re 50

This list covers history, cookbooks, fiction, and poetry to help navigate a new stage of life. There are also a few classics that you should have read by now regardless! How many of the below books have you read?

  1. 1

    My Life in France

    by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    A Field Guide to Getting Lost

    by Rebecca Solnit

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    $18.00

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    The Signature of All Things

    by Elizabeth Gilbert

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    $17.00

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    Everything in Its Place

    by Oliver Sacks, M.D.

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    $16.95

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    Walden & Civil Disobedience

    by Henry David Thoreau

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    Paperback
    $11.00

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    Notes From Underground

    by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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    Mass Market Paperback
    $5.95

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    Cook Like a Pro

    by Ina Garten

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    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    The Second Sex

    by Simone De Beauvoir

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    $19.00

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    The Friend

    by Sigrid Nunez

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    $16.00

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    The Source of Self-Regard

    by Toni Morrison

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    $16.95

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    $15.00

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    Dubliners

    by James Joyce

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    $18.00

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    Hardcover
    $15.00

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    Last Orders

    by Graham Swift

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    Paperback
    $16.95

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  15. 15

    Of Human Bondage

    by W. Somerset Maugham

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    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    Salt

    by Mark Kurlansky

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    $19.00

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    The Blind Assassin

    by Margaret Atwood

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    $18.00

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  18. 18

    Becoming

    by Michelle Obama

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    Paperback
    $18.99

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    Days Without End

    by Sebastian Barry

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    $17.00

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    Bird by Bird

    by Anne Lamott

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    $16.00

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    Good Soldier

    by Ford Madox Ford

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    $16.00

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    Option B

    by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

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    Hardcover
    $25.95

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    Hardcover
    $16.99

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    Atomic Habits

    by James Clear

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    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Omnivore’s Dilemma

    by Michael Pollan

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Art of Travel

    by Alain De Botton

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    $16.95

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    The Makioka Sisters

    by Junichiro Tanizaki

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    $18.00

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    $17.00

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    Istanbul

    by Orhan Pamuk

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    $16.95

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  30. 30

    Before We Were Yours

    by Lisa Wingate

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    $17.00

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    House of Leaves

    by Mark Z. Danielewski

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    Hardcover
    $50.00

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    A Year in Provence

    by Peter Mayle

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    $16.00

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    The Rape of Europa

    by Lynn H. Nicholas

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    $18.95

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    Sons and Lovers

    by D.H. Lawrence

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    $11.95

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    Wanderlust

    by Rebecca Solnit

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    Paperback
    $20.00

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    The Artist’s Way

    by Julia Cameron

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    $17.00

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    So Much Life Left Over

    by Louis de Bernieres

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    $16.95

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    Go Tell It on the Mountain

    by James Baldwin

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    $15.00

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    The Reader

    by Bernhard Schlink

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    $16.00

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    The Age of Innocence

    by Edith Wharton

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    $11.00

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    On Revolution

    by Hannah Arendt

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    $18.00

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    The Second Mountain

    by David Brooks

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    $18.00

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    The Fire Next Time

    by James Baldwin

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    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Far from the Madding Crowd

    by Thomas Hardy

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    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    Devotions

    by Mary Oliver

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    $20.00

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    Anna Karenina

    by Leo Tolstoy

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    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Too Much Happiness

    by Alice Munro

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    $15.95

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    $16.00

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    Waiting

    by Ha Jin

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    $17.00

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