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Flavorwire's 51 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

The choices here are influenced by the following: the stipulation that any specific author should not be chosen for more than one year, a general focus on fiction over other genres, and the tastes/whims/glaring prejudices of Flavorwire's literary editor. Feel free to argue in the comments, but keep it nice. Unless you're Martin Amis.
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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Herzog
Herzog
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
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Against Interpretation
Against Interpretation
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The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
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9
The Complete Stories (Flanner O'Connor)
The Complete Stories (Flanner O'Connor)
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Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino)
Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino)
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Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
12
The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed
13
The Great Railway Bazaar
The Great Railway Bazaar
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Speedboat
Speedboat
15
The Shining (Stephen King)
The Shining (Stephen King)
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The Sea, the Sea
The Sea, the Sea
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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Angela Carter)
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Angela Carter)
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Ender's Game
Ender's Game
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Outside Over There (Maurice Sendak)
Outside Over There (Maurice Sendak)
20
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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21
Cathedral
Cathedral
22
Money
Money
23
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
24
Maus: The Complete Maus
Maus: The Complete Maus
25
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
26
Bad Behavior
Bad Behavior
27
Geek Love Katherine Dunn
Geek Love Katherine Dunn
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The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
29
Possession (Byatt)
Possession (Byatt)
30
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
31
Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News
Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News
32
The Ice Storm
The Ice Storm
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33
Sabbath's Theater (Philip Roth)
Sabbath's Theater (Philip Roth)
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Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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Underworld (Don Delillo)
Underworld (Don Delillo)
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Birds of America (Lorrie Moore)
Birds of America (Lorrie Moore)
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Disgrace
Disgrace
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Pastoralia
Pastoralia
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Austerlitz
Austerlitz
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Middlesex
Middlesex
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