True Grit, by Charles PortisRead about another entry on the list.
Mattie Ross may only be a 14-year-old girl in the rough world of the American west, but she is downright unstoppable. A coward thief named Tom Chaney shot her father dead, and she will not rest until she avenges her blood. This is one of those rare cases where the film adaptation is as great as the book, so get ‘em both!
True Grit also appears on Anthony Bourdain's list of ten favorite books, Andy Borowitz's list of five top comic novels, Tad Friend's five best list of novels on success, Willy Vlautin's list of five great books set in the West, and Jonathan Lethem's list of five terrific novels overshadowed by their film versions.