AbeBooks' Reading Copy

AbeBooks book blog

Advanced Search Browse Books Rare Books Textbooks
Advanced Search

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.

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook Email
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