Best Contemporary Literature & Fiction Books
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1. Firefly Lane: A Novel
Author: by Kristin Hannah
Published at: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (January 6, 2009)
The #1 New York Times bestsellernow a #1 Netflix series! In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend.
Tully Hart seems to have it all-beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her.
They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate.Inseparable. So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.
From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul.
2. The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel
Author: by Sister Souljah
Published at: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (September 20, 2005)
A New York Times Bestseller A USA TODAY Bestseller Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read 50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years Essence Renowned hip-hop artist, political activist, and bestselling author of Life After Death brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel.
I came busting into the world during one of New York’s worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body.
But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn’t want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top.
Featuring a Special Collector’s Edition Reader’s Guideincluding an author Q&A, detailed character analyses, and the author’s own remarks about the meaning of her story.
3. Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition
Author: by George Orwell
75th Anniversary EditionIncludes a New Introduction by Ta ObrehtGeorge Orwell’s timeless and timely allegorical novela scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism. SOON TO BE A NETFLIX FILM! All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penneda razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
4. A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story
Author: by Sister Souljah
Published at: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (February 18, 2014)
In the New York Times bestseller from the author of Life After Death, the Santiaga family saga continues, this time told by Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s fiery younger sister. Mega-bestselling author Sister Souljah returns to the Santiaga family in this frighteningly fierce, raw, and completely unpredictable coming-of-age adventure woven with emotional intensity.
A Deeper Love Inside is written in the words of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s sharp-tongued, quick-witted younger sister. Porsche worships Winter. A natural born hustler, Porsche is also cut from the same cloth as her father, the infamous Ricky Santiaga. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, Porsche refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her wealthy family is torn apart.
Porscheunique, young, and beautifulcries as much as she fights and uses whatever she has to reclaim her status. Unselfishly, she pushes to get back everything that ever belonged to her loving family. In A Deeper Love Inside, fans will encounter their favorite characters from The Coldest Winter Ever, including Winter and Midnight.
5. Brave New World
Author: by Aldous Huxley
Published at: Harper Perennial (October 18, 2006)
Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhyming text and Axel Scheffler’s brilliant, characterful illustrations come together in this perfect read aloud A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake.
The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this, so he invents …The gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose.
But Mouse has no worry to show. After all, there’s no such thing as a gruffalo….
7. Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)
Author: by E. B. White
Published at: HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2012)
Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read. This beloved book by E.B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children’s literature that is “just about perfect.” This paperback edition includes a foreword by two-time Newbery winning author Kate DiCamillo.Some Pig.Humble.Radiant.
These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.E.B.
White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White’s Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, among many other books.
Whether enjoyed in the classroom or for homeschooling or independent reading, Charlotte’s Web is a proven favorite.
8. No Longer Human
Author: by Osamu Dazai
Published at: New Directions; 8th edition (January 17, 1973)
The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings.
Oba Yozo’s attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a “clown” to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.
9. The Book Thief
Author: by Markus Zusak
Published at: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (September 11, 2007)
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. When Death has a story to tell, you listen.It is 1939.Nazi Germany.
The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resistbooks.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
The kind of book that can be life-changing. The New York Times Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. USA TodayDON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.
10. House of Leaves
Author: by Mark Z. Danielewski
Published at: Pantheon; 2nd edition (March 7, 2000)
Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command.
Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth – musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies – the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices. The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
11. Of Mice and Men
Author: by John Steinbeck
Published at: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 1993)
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.
Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp.
But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. “A thriller, a gripping tale … That you will not set down until it is finished.
Steinbeck has touched the quick.” The New York Times
12. The Things They Carried
Author: by Tim O'Brien
Published at: Mariner Books (January 1, 2009)
A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.
13. Holes (Holes Series)
Author: by Louis Sachar
Published at: Yearling (May 9, 2000)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Dig deep in this award-winning, modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner-or just under your feet! Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses.
Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?
Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishmentand redemption.”A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel.” New York Times *Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Mud.
14. Midnight: A Gangster Love Story (1) (The Midnight Series)
Author: by Sister Souljah
Published at: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (September 8, 2009)
New York Times bestselling author Life After Death, the hip-hop generation’s beloved and most compelling storyteller, delivers a powerful story about love and loyalty, strength and family. In her bestselling novel, The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah introduced the world to Midnight, a brave but humble lieutenant to a prominent underworld businessman.
Now, in a highly anticipated follow-up to her million-selling masterpiece, she brings readers into the life and dangerously close to the heart of this silent, fearless young man. Raised in a wealthy, influential, Islamic African family, Midnight enjoys a life of comfort, confidence, and protection.
Midnight’s father provides him with a veil of privilege and deep, devoted love, but he never hides the truth about the fierce challenges of the world outside of his estate. So when Midnight’s father’s empire is attacked, he sends Midnight with his mother to the United States.
In the streets of Brooklyn, a young Midnight uses his Islamic mind-set and African intelligence to protect the ones he loves, build a business, reclaim his wealth and status, and remain true to his beliefs. Midnight, a handsome and passionate young man, attracts many women.
15. Never Let Me Go
Author: by Kazuo Ishiguro
Published at: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (March 14, 2006)
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside.
It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them specialand how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.
Author: by Toni Morrison
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 8, 2004)
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free.
She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.