Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far)This modern classics book list is sponsored by The War of the Roses , the modern classic synonymous with love gone wrong. Jonathan and Barbara Rose are, at first glance, the perfect couple. Their extravagant home holds the rich antique collection that originally brought them together, as well as the loving bond they share with their children Evie and Josh. But when Jonathan finds himself suddenly gripped by what is presumably a heart attack and Barbara confronts the loveless spell between them, things turn sour fast. Their mutual hatred becomes ammunition in a domestic warfare that escalates in wild and twisted ways until life as they know it is shattered forever.
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A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon
A few months back, one of our customers sent us a special request for a list of 10 books we felt everyone absolutely must read in his or her lifetime. The question intrigued us and we immediately launched into a heated debate. Should the Bible be on the list? No text has influenced Western culture more, but might it be equally important to read the Koran or the Torah for a more enlightened worldview? How could we whittle down our list to just 10 books? As it turns out, we couldn't. We posed the question to our fellow book-savvy colleagues and, after receiving some 1, nominations!
Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results.
Jhumpa Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize—winning short story collection will make you feel it all.
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There are certain books that feel almost inherently "classic. Catcher in the Rye. Moby freaking Dick. But do you ever wonder what the world thought when these books first hit shelves? Who was the initial voice that pointed to their covers and said, "You - you're special"? We regard " classics books " with a level of veneration that is not afforded to so many other works.