Gen X Bookshelf: 18 Books for 40-Somethings

If you’ve got a cluster of patrons who are incensed that Bob, Luis, and Gordon are leaving Sesame Street and are simultaneously delighted that they’ll be able to watch Beavis and Butthead and Daria on the new MTV Classic channel, you’re serving Generation X-ers. Feed their nostalgia with these books that were almost certainly stacked in milk crates near their beds.

American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis

American PsychoAnd the Band Played On, by Randy Shilts

The Beach, by Alex Garland

Fargo Rock City, by Chuck Klosterman

Generation X, by Douglas Coupland

Ghost World, by Daniel Clowes

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave EggersHigh Fidelity

High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby

Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

Journals, by Kurt Cobain

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, by Sherman Alexie

Pretty in Plaid, by Jen Lancaster

The Satanic Verses, by Salman RushdieHeartbreaking Work

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

Sex and the City, by Candace Bushell

The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Waiting to Exhale, by Terry McMillan



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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