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Paste Magazine's the 20 Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009)

The 2000s were a tumultuous time for words printed on old-fashioned paper. Memoirs went gangbusters. A boy wizard induced literary pandemonium. The notion of reading on screens (computer screens, Kindles, iPods and so forth) exploded in popularity, causing a certain amount of hand-wringing about the fate of the book. And the very definition of truth got a rigorous debate thanks to a fellow named Frey.
Amidst that turbulent environment, a slew of memorable texts emerged: some fiction, some non-fiction, all worth reading and cherishing. Today we present our 20 favorite books across all literary genres, with reviews by Paste staff and luminaries like Rosanne Cash, Arthur Phillips and David Langness.
Books listed from 1 to 20 in descending order.
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
2
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
4
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
5
Middlesex
Middlesex
6
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
7
Blankets
Blankets
8
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
9
Everything Is Illuminated
Everything Is Illuminated
10
Consider the Lobster
Consider the Lobster
11
Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
12
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans From Th
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans From Th
13
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
14
Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter Series
15
Fast Food Nation
Fast Food Nation
16
Netherland (Joseph O'Neill)
Netherland (Joseph O'Neill)
17
Let'S Talk About Love (A Journey to the End of Taste)
Let'S Talk About Love (A Journey to the End of Taste)
18
Blue Like Jazz
Blue Like Jazz
19
The Tipping Point (Malcom Gladwell)
The Tipping Point (Malcom Gladwell)
20
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
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