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Contemporary Books: Still Reading After 20 Years

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Hannah Coulter
by Wendell Barry

The Book of Illusions
by Paul Auster

Presumed Innocent
by Scott Turow

The Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick

The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

Sag Harbor
by Colson Whitehead

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth  Strout

The Girls From Ames
by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Nine Tailors
by Dorothy L. Sayers

Little Bee
by Chris Cleave


The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides

No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
by Katherine Boo

Defending Jacob
by William Landy

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

by Richard Ford

Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret
by Steve Luxenberg

by Neil Gaiman

The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh



City of Thieves
by David Benioff

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

The Leisure Seeker
by Michael Zadoorian

The Lincoln Lawyer
by Michael Connelly

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracy Chevalier

by Emma Donoghue

True Grit
by Charles Portis

Arc of Justice: a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age
by Kevin Boyle

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

The Round House
by Louise Erdrich

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter

Before You Know Kindness
by Chris Bohjalian

Dear Life
by Alice Munro

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

Unbroken: A World War II Story of
Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

by Lauren Hillenbrand

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion



by Geraldine Brooks

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
by Helen Simonson

by Karen Russell

Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card

The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain

The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett

In The Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larson

Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger

by Graham Swift

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Blizzard
by Garrison Keillor



The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova

A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki

by Phil Klay

The Inner Circle
by Brad Meltzer

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

The Girls of Atomic City: the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
by Denise Kiernan

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yoko Ogawa



All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald

The Turner House
by Angela Flournoy

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore

The Husband's Secret
by Liane Moriarty

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance
by Jonathan Evison