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The Sellout by Paul Beatty: The Sellout is brilliant. Amazing. Like demented angels wrote it.” ―Sarah Silverman

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: "Ignatius J. Reilly is Bette Midler’s favorite hero of fiction" ― Vogue Magazine 

Tenth of December by George Saunders: “George Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else, thank god—and yet still he manages to be the rightful heir to three other complete American originals—Barthelme (the lyricism, the playfulness), Vonnegut (the outrage, the wit, the scope), and Twain (the common sense, the exasperation). There is no author I recommend to people more often—for ten years I’ve urged George Saunders onto everyone and everyone. You want funny? Saunders is your man. You want emotional heft? Saunders again. You want stories that are actually about something—stories that again and again get to the meat of matters of life and death and justice and country? Saunders. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”—Dave Eggers

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard: “A wicked, beautiful man has written a wicked, beautiful book about his (kind of?) messed up life and it’s…perfect.” —Patton Oswalt

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