65 Books You Need to Read In Your 20s

Novels:

  • The Emperor’s Children – Claire Messud
  • What She Saw… – Lucinda Rosenfeld
  • The Deptford Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
  • Lucy – Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Moviegoer – Walker Percy
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
  • The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Call Me by Your Name – Andre Aciman
  • The Rachel Papers – Martin Amis
  • Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
  • The Sandman Series – Neil Gaiman
  • The Group – Mary McCarthy
  • Quicksand and Passing – Nella Larsen
  • Pastoralia – George Saunders
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  • His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
  • Generation X – Douglas Coupland
  • The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem
  • Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
  • I Love Dick – Chris Kraus
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues – Tom Robbins
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami

Memoirs

  • Bossypants – Tina Fey
  • Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – Toby Young
  • The Dirt – Motley Crue and Neil Strauss
  • Lunar Park – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Just Kids – Patti Smith
  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City – Nick Flynn
  • Oh the Glory of it All – Sean Wilsey
  • I Don’t Care About Your Band – Julie Klausner
  • Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  • Lit – Mary Karr
  • I’m With the Band – Pamela Des Barres
  • Dear Diary – Lesley Arfin

Poetry:

  • The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton – Anne Sexton
  • Actual Air – David Berman
  • The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch – Kenneth Koch
  • Alien vs. Predator – Michael Robbins
  • The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde

Essays:

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  • How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  • My Misspent Youth – Meghan Daum
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Joan Didion
  • Up in the Old Hotel – Joseph Mitchell

Life How-To’s:

  • How to Cook Everything – Mark Bittman
  • How’s Your Drink – Eric Felton
  • The Elements of Style – Strunk & White
  • Letters to a Young Contrarian – Christopher Hitchens
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Betty Edwards
  • He’s Just Not That Into You – Greg Behrendt
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