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BuzzFeed's 65 Books You Need to Read in Your 20s

The books that will move you, inspire you, make you cry, make you think, make you laugh. Even if you read them in high school or college, you'll have a different perspective on them now that you're Out In The World. (Trust me.)
Doree Shafrir
BuzzFeed Executive Editor, Culture
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The Emperor's Children - Claire Messud
The Emperor's Children - Claire Messud
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What She Saw... - Lucinda Rosenfeld
What She Saw... - Lucinda Rosenfeld
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The Deptford Trilogy
The Deptford Trilogy
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The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
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5
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
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A Visit From the Goon Squad
A Visit From the Goon Squad
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Lucy
Lucy
9
The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
10
White Teeth
White Teeth
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
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Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
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13
Bright Lights, Big City
Bright Lights, Big City
14
The Namesake
The Namesake
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Call Me by Your Name
Call Me by Your Name
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The Rachel Papers
The Rachel Papers
17
Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
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The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
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Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
20
A Home at the End of the World
A Home at the End of the World
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21
The Sandman Series
The Sandman Series
22
The Group (Mary McCarthy)
The Group (Mary McCarthy)
23
Quicksand and Passing - Nella Larsen
Quicksand and Passing - Nella Larsen
24
Pastoralia
Pastoralia
25
Ready Player One
Ready Player One
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
27
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
28
Main Street
Main Street
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29
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
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Generation X (Douglas Coupland)
Generation X (Douglas Coupland)
31
The Fortress of Solitude
The Fortress of Solitude
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Housekeeping
Housekeeping
33
I Love Dick - Chris Kraus
I Love Dick - Chris Kraus
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On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
35
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
37
Bossypants (Tina Fey)
Bossypants (Tina Fey)
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Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
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The Dirt (Motley Crue)
The Dirt (Motley Crue)
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