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Jul 29 2008

New Classics

by Heather S

Looking for a good book to read or one to dazzle a love interest?  Try one of the titles listed on Entertainment Weekly’s New Classics: Books.  EW has picked their 100 favorite books published from 1983 to today. How many have you read?  Are any of your favorites on the list?  Are there any that make you scratch your head and wonder how they made the cut?  Let us know!

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Nolan July 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

I wonder what their criteria was?! A “best read” is one thing, a “classic” is another! Do you think “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (while a fun read) will stand the test of time as a classic work of the late 20th century? :)

I wonder what books of the previous twenty-five years were considered popular fiction at the time, yet eventually came to be thought of as classics?

Will I Am July 29, 2008 at 3:27 PM

I was talking about this with a friend and I must say that I have read most of the books on this list.

What about the Devil in White City

Devil in the blue Dress

The collection of the bookdocks

or any science fictions authors

Anne Rice, Octavia Bulter? Not a single vampire, ghost nor fantasy made the list.
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)

6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)

11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)

27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)

40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)

46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)

49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)

52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)

57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)

60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)

65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)

79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)

96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)

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