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The 5 Sexiest Book-Based Leading Men

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I couldn’t get Colin Firth in for Pride and Prejudice because TV isn’t the movies so I chose Bridget Jones’s Diary. You have to agree, even in the horrible Christmas sweater, he’s sexy.  The rest, well, they speak for themselves – and Brad speaks twice. The books that helped these men create indelible performances – from the uptight barrister of Bridget Jones’ s Diary to the straining at familial ties fly-fisherman of A River Runs Through It to the against-all-odds lifelong love affairs of The Notebook and Brokeback Mountain– these are the books you want to read in bed. And with books this good, you don’t need a movie to get your imagination going.


Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming

In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

Casino Royale
Ian Fleming

In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

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Bridget Jones's Diary
by Helen Fielding
In this hilarious, really-fun-to-read book that launched "chic lit" 30-something Bridget Jones details the highs and lows of her life, friendships, family relations, and complicated love life in diary entries that are breathless, a little desperate and always real. Brilliant.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Helen Fielding

Loosely based on Pride and Prejudice, this laugh-out-loud chronicle charts a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single girl on a permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between her Singleton friends and the Smug Marrieds, Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel—or at least afloat.

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Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk
The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it's only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.
Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk

The first rule about FIGHT CLUB is you can never get sick of quoting FIGHT CLUB. A cultural touchstone that’s equally funny, absurd, and deliciously dark, Chuck Palahniuk’s debut follows an unnamed insomniac narrator who falls under the thrall of charismatic loose cannon Tyler Durden. If you’re after some mid-nineties nostalgia, a crash course in making explosives, or a truly unique twist on crazy, it’s time to go bare knuckle.

Crazy like: That introverted guy in the next cubicle . . . with the weird bruises.

Best crazy moment: Remember who Tyler Durden really is?

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A River Runs through It and Other Stories
by Norman Maclean

This semi-autobiographical novel about the power and beauty of nature l inspired the classic film of the same name. The story of a Presbyterian family from turn-of-the century Montana for whom "there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," it focuses on the relationship of two brothers: Older Norman who is try to straighten out his wild younger brother, Paul.

A River Runs through It and Other Stories
Norman Maclean

This semi-autobiographical novel about the power and beauty of nature l inspired the classic film of the same name. The story of a Presbyterian family from turn-of-the century Montana for whom "there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," it focuses on the relationship of two brothers: Older Norman who is try to straighten out his wild younger brother, Paul.

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Brokeback Mountain
by Annie Proulx

Many of us have seen the ineffably beautiful Ang Lee film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, but how many have read the Annie Proulx short story that was the basis for it? Originally published in The New Yorker in 1997, this elegant literary work manages to convey the magnitude of the film in very few pages—and is a revelation for those who believe the short story too narrow to contain multitudes. If you love this story, you'll want to read the original story collection, Close Range.

Brokeback Mountain
Annie Proulx

Many of us have seen the ineffably beautiful Ang Lee film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, but how many have read the Annie Proulx short story that was the basis for it? Originally published in The New Yorker in 1997, this elegant literary work manages to convey the magnitude of the film in very few pages—and is a revelation for those who believe the short story too narrow to contain multitudes. If you love this story, you'll want to read the original story collection, Close Range.

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