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50 Books From the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Give yourself an education in contemporary literature (or the last 50 years of it, at least) with this handy list of great books published since 1967. Source: Southern Living.
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A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
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A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
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A Spool of Blue Thread (Anne Tyler)
A Spool of Blue Thread (Anne Tyler)
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A Thousand Acres
A Thousand Acres
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A Visit From the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
A Visit From the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
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All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
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American Pastoral
American Pastoral
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Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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Amsterdam
Amsterdam
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Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
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13
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Birds of America
Birds of America
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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
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Dear Life
Dear Life
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Exit West (Mohsin Hamed)
Exit West (Mohsin Hamed)
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Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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21
Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann)
Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann)
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Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
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March (Geraldine Brooks)
March (Geraldine Brooks)
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Middlesex
Middlesex
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Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
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My Struggle: Book 1 (Karl Ove Knausgaard)
My Struggle: Book 1 (Karl Ove Knausgaard)
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Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
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Shadow Country
Shadow Country
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Tenth of December
Tenth of December
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
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The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird
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The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
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The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
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The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club
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The Luminaries
The Luminaries
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The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
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