The Most Important Books of the Last Twenty Years

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Americanah (2013) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Brick Lane (2003) by Monica Ali
White Girls (2013) by Hilton Als
The Mooring of Starting Out (1997) by John Ashbery
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories (2013) by Laird Barron
The Freddie Stories: With the Great Marlys! and Sister Maybonne (1999) by Lynda Barry
My Perfect Life (1992) by Lynda Barry
A Big Enough Lie: A Novel (2015) by Eric Bennett
To the Wedding (1995) by John Berger
2666 (2004) by Roberto Bolaño
The Savage Detectives (1998) by Roberto Bolaño
Behind the Beautiful Forevers (2012) by Katherine Boo
Intoxicated by my illness (1992) by Anatole Broyard
Parable of the Talents (1998) by Octavia E. Butler
The Book of Frank (2009) by CA Conrad
True History of the Kelly Gang (2000) by Peter Carey
Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (1998) by Anne Carson
Decreation (2005) by Anne Carson
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007) by Michael Chabon
Between the World and Me (2015) by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Disgrace (1999) by J. M. Coetzee
Beneath the Roses (2005) by Gregory Crewdson
Aegypt (1987) by John Crowley
Make Your Home Among Strangers: A Novel (2015) by Jennine Capó Crucet
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2012) by Emily M. Danforth
Brother, I'm Dying (2007) by Edwidge Danticat
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009) by Lydia Davis
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) by Junot Díaz
Drown (1996) by Junot Díaz
Underworld (1997) by Don DeLillo
Blue Nights (2011) by Joan Didion
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live (2006) by Joan Didion
proxy (2013) by r erica doyle
Wittgenstein's Poker : The Story of a Ten-minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers (2001) by David Edmonds
A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) by Jennifer Egan
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001) by Barbara Ehrenreich
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories (1999) by Nathan Englander
The Round House (2012) by Louise Erdrich
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (2010) by Danielle Evans
The Neapolitan Novels (1888) by Elena Ferrante
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney
The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History (1996) by David Hackett Fischer
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2012) by Ben Fountain
Old Filth (2004) by Jane Gardam
The Activist (2003) by Renee Gladman
We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda (1998) by Philip Gourevitch
Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011) by David Graeber
Falling Out of Time (2011) by David Grossman
The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (2013) by Stefano Harney
The Line of Beauty (2004) by Alan Hollinghurst
Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Unconsoled (1995) by Kazuo Ishiguro
Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our Future (2014) by Dale Jamieson
The Known World (2003) by Edward P. Jones
War (2010) by Sebastian Junger
The Shadow of the Sun (1998) by Ryszard Kapuściński
Counternarratives (2015) by John Keene
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) by Naomi Klein
My Struggle: Book 1 (2009) by Karl Ove Knausgård
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014) by Elizabeth Kolbert
I Love Dick (1997) by Chris Kraus
The Flamethrowers (2013) by Rachel Kushner
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays {original} (2013) by Kiese Laymon
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx (2003) by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
The Boat (2008) by Nam Le
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines (2006) by Janna Levin
Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems (2015) by Robin Coste Lewis
Stranger Things Happen: Stories (2001) by Kelly Link
Preparation for the Next Life (2014) by Atticus Lish
Lovely Green Eyes (2000) by Arnošt Lustig
Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays (2013) by Norman Mailer
Wolf Hall (2009) by Hilary Mantel
Our Word is Our Weapon (2001) by Subcomandante Marcos
Matterhorn (2010) by Karl Marlantes
The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy
Remainder (2005) by Tom McCarthy
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010) by Bill McKibben
The Moon Before Morning (2014) by W. S. Merwin
How the Dead Dream (2007) by Lydia Millet
We Others: New and Selected Stories (2011) by Steven Millhauser
A Fine Balance (1995) by Rohinton Mistry
Cloud Atlas (2004) by David Mitchell
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010) by David Mitchell
Birds of America: Stories (1998) by Lorrie Moore
The Collected Stories (2008) by Lorrie Moore
Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future (2010) by Ian Morris
Paradise (1997) by Toni Morrison
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories (1986) by Alice Munro
Selected Stories (1985) by Alice Munro
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995) by Haruki Murakami
Inferno: A Poet's Novel (2007) by Eileen Myles
I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems (2015) by Eileen Myles
Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull ShortLit) (2005) by Maggie Nelson
Stag's Leap: Poems (2012) by Sharon Olds
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq (2005) by George Packer
Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk
Global Crisis : War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (2013) by Geoffrey Parker
Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013) by Thomas Piketty
Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era (2008) by Paul B. Preciado
Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) by Claudia Rankine
Gilead (2004) by Marilynne Robinson
The Givenness of Things: Essays (2015) by Marilynne Robinson
The Human Stain (2000) by Philip Roth
The God of Small Things (1997) by Arundhati Roy
Power Politics (2001) by Arundhati Roy
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (2000) by Marjane Satrapi
Pastoralia (2000) by George Saunders
Tenth of December: Stories (2013) by George Saunders
The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (2003) by Jonathan Schell
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (2013) by Eric Schlosser
The Rings of Saturn (1995) by W. G. Sebald
The Conference of the Birds (2011) by Peter Sís
NW (2012) by Zadie Smith
Solitude of Self (1979) by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last (2012) by Edward St. Aubyn
Native Guard: Poems (2006) by Natasha Trethewey
Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace
Building Stories (2012) by Chris Ware
The Intuitionist (1999) by Colson Whitehead
Against Identity (1996) by Leon Wieseltier
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (2010) by Isabel Wilkerson
One Big Self (2007) by C. D. Wright
Steal Away: Selected and New Poems (2002) by C. D. Wright
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2006) by Lawrence Wright
A Little Life (2015) by Hanya Yanagihara


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