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    The NYPL was founded 125 years ago. Here are their 125 favorite books published since then.

    Emily Temple

    February 14, 2020, 9:59am

    The New York Public Library is marking its 125th birthday this year—in part with this list of their favorite books written for adults from the past 125 years, which they hope will “inspire a lifelong love of reading.” The list is full of classics, of course, but it’s also got a few refreshing surprises in there. You can see (and borrow!) the full list here, but in the meantime:

    George Orwell, 1984
    Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
    W. H. Auden, The Age of Anxiety
    Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton
    Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
    James Patterson, Along Came a Spider
    Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
    Neil Gaiman, American Gods
    Mary Oliver, American Primitive
    Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None
    Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
    Sylvia Plath, Ariel
    Ian McEwan, Atonement
    Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red
    Toni Morrison, Beloved
    Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
    Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities
    Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
    Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22
    J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
    Claudia Rankine, Citizen
    Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra
    David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
    Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic
    Alice Walker, The Color Purple
    Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress
    Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City
    Frank Herbert, Dune
    Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
    Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
    J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
    N. K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season
    Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
    George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
    James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
    Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
    Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find
    Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace, Gotham
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
    J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
    Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
    V. S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas
    Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
    Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
    Allen Ginsberg, Howl
    Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
    Beverly Jenkins, Indigo
    Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
    Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air
    Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
    Gore Vidal, Julian
    Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
    Mary Karr, The Liars’ Club
    Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
    Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars
    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
    Art Spiegelman, Maus
    David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
    John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
    Martin Amis: Money
    Michael Lewis: Moneyball
    Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn
    Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
    Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend
    J. D. Robb, Naked in Death
    Richard Wright, Native Son
    Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road
    Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
    Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son
    Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses
    Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower
    Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
    Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint
    Graham Greene, The Quiet American
    Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
    Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
    Louise Erdrich, The Round House
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility
    Alice Munro, Runaway
    John Ashbery, Self-Portrarit in a Convex Mirror
    Stephen King, The Shining
    Annie Proulx, The Shipping News
    Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
    Nalini Singh, Slave to Sensation
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
    Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
    John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever
    Albert Camus, The Stranger
    Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
    Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley
    George Saunders, Tenth of December
    Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
    Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
    Denis Johnson, Train Dreams
    Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
    Joseph Mitchell, Up in the Old Hotel
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
    Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns
    Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen
    Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
    Don DeLillo, White Noise
    Zadie Smith, White Teeth
    Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
    Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
    Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

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