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10 Essential Boomer Books

Have you read these influential books? In the comments below, share other books that made an impact

'The Catcher in the Rye' (1951)

By J .D. Salinger

Our adolescent angst defined. (See also: Franny and Zooey.)

Ted Morrison

'Catch-22' (1961)

By Joseph Heller

The antiwar novel to end all antiwar novels.

Ted Morrison

'The Fire Next Time' (1963)

By James Baldwin

The book that awakened New Yorker readers to the souls of black Americans.

Ted Morrison

'The Group' (1963)

By Mary McCarthy

The book that told us about our mothers' lives.

Ted Morrison

'Couples' (1968)

By John Updike

"Welcome to the post-pill paradise," as one liberated character says.

Ted Morrison

'Whole Earth Catalog' (1968)

By Stewart Brand

How to be green and save the globe.

Ted Morrison

'Portnoy's Complaint' (1969)

By Philip Roth

The penis as an instrument of men's liberation.

Ted Morrison

'Sisterhood Is Powerful' (1970)

By Robin Morgan

The book that told us how not to relive our mothers' lives.

Ted Morrison

'The Female Eunuch' (1970)

By Germaine Greer

Sexuality is power. Renouncing it only makes us powerless.

Ted Morrison

'Diet for a Small Planet' (1971)

By Frances Moore Lappé

The first book to make us aware that Earth's resources are far from infinite.

Ted Morrison

Honorable Mention: 'Fear of Flying' (1973)

By Erica Jong

Welcome to winged women. The novel just celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Ted Morrison

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