Future Classics, 2010-19

    Our critics claim we live in the past. But besides the bedrock belief that life is too short to read anything but the best, the staff at Top Ten Books knows that the timeless literature has much to say about own life and times. Still, the classics have to start somewhere and with that spirit in mind we are happy to share a list from our friends at the Literary Hub of the best books of the last decade 2010-19. We are thrilled to see that two Top Ten contributors – Jennifer Egan and David Mitchell – made the cut and we plan to contact some of the others for their lists of the greatest books.

    ·         A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan  (2010)

    ·         The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (2011)

    ·         Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (2011)

    ·         The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (2011)

    ·         The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (2011)

    ·         Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (2012)

    ·         The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (2013)

    ·         All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (2014)

    ·         Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (2014)

    ·         The Sellout by Paul Beatty (2015)

    ·         The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2015)

    ·         A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)

    ·         The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (2015)

    ·         Outline by Rachel Cusk (2015)

    ·         The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)

    ·         Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (2016)

    ·         The Overstory by Richard Powers (2018)

    ·         In the Distance by Hernan Díaz (2018)

    ·         Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (2019)

    ·         Milkman by Anna Burns (2019)

    New List

    Pearl Cleage

    1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).
    2. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947).
    3. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937).
    4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960).
    5. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959).
    6. Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara (1972)..
    7. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934).
    8. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen (1890).
    9. China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston (1980).
    10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939).


    Classic List

    Edwidge Danticat

    1. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937).
    2. The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942).
    3. Germinal by Émile Zola (1884).
    4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952).
    5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).
    6. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987).
    7. Night by Elie Wiesel (1958).
    8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982).
    9. The Trial by Franz Kafka (1925).
    10. Masters of the Dew by Jacques Roumain (1947).


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