14 Smart, Sweeping, and Sometimes Snarky Stories for fans of The Nix

Nix SmallNathan Hill’s epic debut, The Nix, is one of this fall’s most talked-about novels. It follows Professor Samuel Anderson as he learns that his estranged mother has just been arrested for literally throwing stones at an ultra-conservative presidential candidate. Trying to discern his mother’s motivations leads Anderson to the latter half of the last century’s highest and lowest points, punctuated perfectly with and incident at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Recommend these other tales of family drama and contemporary cultural history when readers reluctantly come to the end.

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao & Sons, by David Gilbert

Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,
by Juno Diaz

City on Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg

Crossing California, by Adam Langer

Goldfinch Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem

 Let the Great World Spin, by Column McCann

 The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

 Purity, by Jonathan Franzen

Wonder Boys Straight Man, by Richard Russo

 The Time of Our Singing, by Richard Powers

White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon

 The World According to Garp, by John Irving



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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