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Top 10 Generation X Books

oscar-waoDetails magazine has the top Generation X books but oddly doesn’t include Douglas Coupland’s Generation X itself or even Girlfriend in a Coma, which is better than Generation X. I agree with American Psycho but not Oscar Wao. What about Middlesex? Where the bleedin’ heck is Fever Pitch or even High Fidelity? The idea of a Motley Crue book defining a generation is the dumbest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

1. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
2. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus by Rick Perlstein.
3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
4. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
ghost-world5. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
6. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss
7. Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
8. The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam by Tom Bissell
9. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
10. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

See the full list of 25 books.

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Richard Davies

2 Responses to “Top 10 Generation X Books”

  1. Beth Carswell

    I agree with some of those, but others strike me as pretty ridiculous (Motley Crue?! As you said – dumb). I’m surprised at the omission of Chuck Klosterman, and yes, of Douglas Coupland. Shampoo Planet, or Girlfriend in a Coma, agreed – would certainly be on my list.

    I see they hat-tipped to the McSweeney’s crowd with both Dave Eggers and Zadie Smith, but I was surprised to not see Miranda July make the cut. Pleased, though – I like Miranda July but thought her book (No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories) was pretty disappointing and overrated.

    Pleased and surprised to see the Philip Gourevitch book on there – that book gutted me and more people should read it. As for the omission of Middlesex, I think it’s because Eugenides’ book The Virgin Suicides made the list instead – but I’d have gone with Middlesex as well.

    I’m not sure I should even get a vote; I think I might technically count as “Generation Y” or some such.

  2. Yeah, where’s “Fight Club”? That is Sooooo Gen X