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November 14th, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

The 75 Books Every (20th century-centric American) Man Should Read

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Hi. My name is Nigel, and I too, am a list lover. Problem is, whenever I find and read through one, I’m filled with remorse over how little I’ve read. Still. Here’s the latest from Esquire magazine (unranked):

The 75 Books Every Man Should Read

  1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver
  2. Collected Stories of John Cheever
  3. Deliverance, by James Dickey
  4. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  5. Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
  6. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  7. The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
  8. The Good War, by Studs Terkel
  9. American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
  10. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories, by Flannery O’Connor
  11. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
  12. A Sport and a Pastime, by James Salter
  13. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  14. Time’s Arrow, by Martin Amis
  15. A Sense of Where You Are, by John McPhee
  16. Hell’s Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson
  17. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  18. Dubliners, by James Joyce
  19. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
  20. The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain
  21. Dog Soldiers, by Robert Stone
  22. Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell
  23. Legends of the Fall, by Jim Harrison
  24. Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry
  25. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
  26. The Professional, by W.C. Heinz
  27. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
  28. Dispatches, by Michael Herr
  29. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
  30. Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
  31. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  32. The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
  33. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  34. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
  35. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  36. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
  37. A Fan’s Notes, by Frederick Exley
  38. Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis
  39. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
  40. Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian
  41. Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
  42. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
  43. Affliction, by Russell Banks
  44. This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff
  45. Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin
  46. The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow
  47. Women, by Charles Bukowski
  48. Going Native, by Stephen Wright
  49. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
  50. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John LeCarré
  51. The Crack-Up, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  52. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, by George Saunders
  53. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  54. The Shining, by Stephen King
  55. Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
  56. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
  57. Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
  58. Labyrinths, by Jorge Luis Borges
  59. The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
  60. The Sportswriter, by Richard Ford
  61. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  62. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley
  63. What It Takes, by Richard Ben Cramer
  64. The Continental Op, by Dashiell Hammett
  65. The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene
  66. So Long, See You Tomorrow, by William Maxwell
  67. Native Son, by Richard Wright
  68. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee and Walker Evans
  69. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
  70. The Great Bridge, by David McCullough
  71. The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac
  72. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
  73. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  74. Underworld, by Don DeLillo

  75. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

  76. Wot? No Fleming? Or Wodehouse? Or Fielding? or Dickens? or Stendhal? or Rabelais? or Cervantes? or Balzac? or, or , or…or more books that I’ve actually read…Okay. Understood. Esquire is a decidedly 20th century American magazine. But what’s with Time’s Arrow…surely, for the man, Money, or London Fields, is the better choice?

November 14th, 2008 • Posted in Uncategorized

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