Which Book Can Save Your Life?

January 5, 2011 | 2 books mentioned 2

Freedom, The Imperfectionists, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet were some of the biggest books of the year, both literally and among our readers. But which one of them could stop a bullet for you? Electric Lit posts a video of the necessary research.

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  1. Definitely Adam Levin’s “The Instructions.” Weighing in at 1,030 pages, I think it could stop just about any bullet.

  2. Nothing short of Bill Vollmann’s seven-volume Rising Up and Rising Down is likely to stop a bullet.

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