One book on the list:
Revolutionary RoadRead about another novel on the list.
by Richard Yates
About the bleakest book you'll ever read, yet its bleakness is vivid and hypnotic. Wasps playacting and posing in the mirror to see how they stack up against their own dreams (not well). The first great novel about misery in the suburbs, and a template for the TV show "Mad Men."
Revolutionary Road also appears on Laura Dave's list of books that improve on re-reading.