One book on the list:
THE ROAD BY CORMAC MCCARTHYRead about another literary tear jerker on the list.
Yes, this is bleak, as you'd expect from a novel about the end of the world. But after all the horror and cannibalism and sudden death, there's just enough hope to prevent this being entirely depressing. It is, it must also be said, beautifully written and very possibly a future classic.
The Road also appears on Liz Jensen's top 10 list of environmental disaster stories.
Other fans of The Road include Paulette Jiles, Joshua Clark, David Dobbs, Andrew Pyper, Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer, Michael J. Fox, Mark McGurl, and this guy.