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Go Book Yourself: Dan’s All-Time Top 5 Books

To celebrate hitting 100,000 followers on Tumblr, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Dan’s picks:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the oft-imitated, never bettered story of a teenager fighting against the hypocrisy of adulthood.

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for a deeply affecting, interweaving collection of stories that show how time catches us all.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt for the tragicomic tale of hitmen on the trail of a bounty. Cormac McCarthy meets the Coen Brothers. 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson for one of the great voices of 20th century literature in his prime.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill for a profound, hilarious, and heartbreaking series of dispatches from the front line of a marriage.

Dan is the Editor of Go Book Yourself. He writes fiction, and is a Staff Writer at BuzzFeed. You can find him on Twitter here.

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Remainder by Tom McCarthy

For more sanity-dissolving books about mental unraveling, try these next…

The Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei for insight into the psychological devastations wrought by creative ad agencies

Here Lies Gerald by Robert Travieso for a delusional subway ride into mental collapse

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville for a book that’s less about finding a white whale and more about a monomaniac losing his mind 

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger to remind yourself that your childhood hero was suffering from a nervous breakdown

This post was guest edited by Benjamin Samuel, Co-Editor of Electric Literature and Recommended Reading. You can find him on Twitter.

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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton 

For more tough teens and tearaways, stay gold with these…

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for mob rule and secret societies at a boys Catholic school

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick for gangs and unlikely partnerships

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the original outsider

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson for a troubled teen sent to live in isolation on an Alaskan island

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The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger (Jan 1, 1919 - Jan 27, 2010)

Happy birthday, Mr. Salinger! For more unique teen characters fighting the phoniness of the adult world, try these…

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer for a real-life Holden who went in search of adventure and a meaningful life, and the decisions that led to his death

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis for a teen struggling not to lose himself in the nihilism, excess, and emptiness of 1980s Los Angeles

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes for two witty female characters at odds with vapid ‘90s culture, who drift apart as they transition into adulthood

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre for a hapless teen swept up in a Texas school massacre - a satirical, blackly comic critique of modern America 

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