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It’s possible that Philip Roth’s bestselling, critically acclaimed novel of a young man’s bawdy, outrageous, confessional monologue to a new psychiatrist might have won as many readers under the titles The Jewboy or Wacking Off, but it would have been a lot more embarrassing to read in public. And A Jewish Patient Begins his Analysis, which sounds more like a dull non-fiction manual, might not have made the best-seller list at all. These are the books that will change your life.
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Jane Austen’s beloved classic English marriage novel provides the original blueprint for every rom-com where the hero and heroine hate each other at first sight, only to realize what the audience knows from the beginning, that they were perfect for each other all along. Frankly, we doubt that Jane’s working title, First Impressions, would have made the same, shall we say, first impression?