Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Entertainment Weekly: The New Classics, Books

In honor of its 1,000th issue, this past week Entertainment Weekly printed The New Classics: The 1,000 Best Movies, TV Shows, Albums, Books and More of the Past 25 Years. I thought the issue was great, especially since, as a 27-year-old, these are just the things I consider "classic" in my lifetime. Check out the list online for your favorites of the other genres, but here I list the editors' picks for books. I've highlighted the ones I've read, commented on a few and linked to the ones I've reviewed.

What do you think? Something missing? Any you disagree with?

1. The Road
, Cormac McCarthy (2006) [I haven't read this, but the hubby has. He really enjoyed it. It's not happy-go-lucky, though.]
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars' Club
, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral
, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River
, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus
, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991) [Loved these graphic novels. So touching and a very interesting way to tell a holocaust story.]
8. Selected Stories
, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain
, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
, Haruki Murakami (1997)

11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
16. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)

21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000) [If you have any desire to be a writer, this is an absolute must read. I mean it.]
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984) [Gives me flashbacks to a weird Pop Culture media class I took in college.]
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004) [When I read this book, it was only because I picked it up at the bargain table at B&N. I thought it was really, really strange and had a hard time finishing it. A classic? Who knew? Not me.]

31. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)

41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
47. World's Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)

51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001) [A very interesting, true account of (the struggle of) living on minimum wage. Makes me mad when our state doesn't pass a law to raise it.]

61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)

71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997) [I wrote four posts about this intriguing story. You'll find them in my January and February 2008 archives.]
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003) [Great story.]
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006) [Check this out Jonniker!]
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)

81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991) [I've read bits and pieces of this in women's studies classes and enjoyed each bit.]
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006) [Again, another the hubby read and I didn't. He said it was probably too scary for my taste. But as someone who likes to read horror stuff, he liked it a lot. So did Stephen King.]
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)

91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001) [Another one the hubby read and enjoyed.]
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators' Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

2 comments:

jonniker said...

I'm not sure what's worse. EPL or THE DAVINCI CODE. COME ON.

4you said...

I read this entire issue thinking about you. Josh did a rundown of all the TV and Flicks he saw. I tried to read the Margaret Atwood but couldn't get through it. One of only a few books I started and never finished.