The 20 Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009) by Paste Magazine™

List of the 20 Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009) by Paste Magazine™

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Title: Fast Food Nation

Explores the homogenization of American culture and the impact of the fast food industry on modern-day health, economy, politics, popular culture, entertainment, and food production.
Author(s): Eric Schlosser
ISBN 13: 9780547750330
Pages: 362
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Title: Netherland

Abandoned amid the offbeat inhabitants of the Chelsea Hotel when his English wife and son return to London following September 11th, Hans, a banker originally from the Netherlands, struggles to find himself in his adopted country, until he ...
Author(s): Joseph ONeill
ISBN 13: 9780307388773
Pages: 256
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Title: The Tipping Point

Author(s): Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN 13: 9781417665792
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Title: Lets talk about love

This book is a riveting investigation of what it means to love music and what it means to hate music, both of good taste and bad taste.
Author(s): Carl Wilson
ISBN 13: 9780826427885
Pages: 164
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Title: Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.

Author(s): Chuck Klosterman
ISBN 13: 9780743264464
Pages: 272
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Title: Blue Like Jazz

A minister who has been a frequent radio, TV and college guest speaker recounts his zealous early life pursuit of the Christian life and his experiences of emptiness and spiritual detachment, tracing his quest to connect with a God he ...
Author(s): Donald Miller
ISBN 13: 9780785263708
Pages: 243
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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

In his fifth year at Hogwart's, Harry faces challenges at every turn, from the dark threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and the unreliability of the government of the magical world to the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Along the way he learns about the strength of his friends, the fierceness of his enemies, and the meaning of sacrifice.
Author(s): J. K. Rowling
ISBN 13: 9780439358071
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Title: Atonement

In 1935 England, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which leads her on a lifelong search for truth and ...
Author(s): Ian McEwan
ISBN 13: 9780385721790
Pages: 351
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Title: Slavery by Another Name

Bringing to light a shameful chapter in American history, a shocking study reveals how, from the late 1870s through the mid-twentieth century, thousands of African-American men were arrested and forced to work off the outrageous fines by ...
Author(s): Douglas A. Blackmon
ISBN 13: 9780385722704
Pages: 468
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Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French.
Author(s): David Sedaris
ISBN 13: 9780316776967
Pages: 288
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Title: Consider the Lobster

A collection of essays by the award-winning author of Infinite Jest shares whimsical and biting observations about such topics as the Bush-Kerry presidential race, the pain experienced by lobsters while they are being prepared for the feast ...
Author(s): David Foster Wallace
ISBN 13: 9780316013321
Pages: 342
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Title: Everything Is Illuminated tie-in

By turns comic and tragic, but always passionate, wildly inventive, and touched with an indelible humanity, this debut novel is a powerful, deeply felt story of searching: for the past, family, and truth.
Author(s): Jonathan Safran Foer
ISBN 13: 9780060792176
Pages: 288
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Title: The Year of Magical Thinking

An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief.
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN 13: 9781400078431
Pages: 227
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Title: The Book Thief

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors ...
Author(s): Markus Zusak
ISBN 13: 9780375842207
Pages: 567
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Title: Blankets

Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson's poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence. Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It's a universal story, and Thompson's vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again.
Author(s): Craig Thompson
ISBN 13: 9783551749079
Pages: 592
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Title: Gilead

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable secrets about the ...
Author(s): Marilynne Robinson
ISBN 13: 9780312424404
Pages: 247
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Title: Middlesex

Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.
Author(s): Jeffrey Eugenides
ISBN 13: 9780374199692
Pages: 529
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Title: The Road

In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN 13: 9780307387899
Pages: 287
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Title: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

The author chronicles his life after the deaths of his parents, when he was responsible for the care and upbringing of his eight-year-old brother, and offers a new appendix clarifying, amending, and expanding the original work.
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN 13: 9780375725784
Pages: 485
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Title: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitler's Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams.
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN 13: 9780679450047
Pages: 639
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