10 best books like Glamorama (Bret Easton Ellis): Chariots of Fire, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Islands, Schooling, Adjunct: An Undigest, For Whom the Bell Tolls (Sparknotes Literature Guides), The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady - Volume 1, Blind Man with a Pistol, Main Street / Babbitt

AuthorWilliam J. Weatherby
The story of two men—Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell—who run not to run but to prove something to the world. They will sacrifice anything to achieve their goals, except their honor.

Two men, Abrahams and Liddell, one a Jew who runs to triumph over bigotry, the other a Scots missionary who...
AuthorDavid Peace
The bodies, the corpses, the alleys and the wasteland, the dirty men, the broken women.
Wow, this is stunning. Literally. It's like being bludgeoned over the head by a cascade of bloody and relentless grimness. BUT all this violence, this brutality, this hate and corruption, betrayal and greed...
AuthorDan Sleigh
This novel of epic proportions from South Africa, set between 1650 and 1710, covers the first fifty years of the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope. Beautifully rendered, this is a world and a time never before dealt with in fiction-a period when powerful colonizers took over the lands of Hottentot...
AuthorHeather McGowan
So Heather McGowan was my grad student professor at Brown in a creative writing class that I adored. I think she had a short story of the same character published in an anthology prior to the release of this novel.
Prepare yourself. She is a tough writer, and this was a crazy read. The narrator is this...
AuthorPeter Manson
While some may love this type of poetry. I could not stand any of it. It is bits and pieces of verbiage thrown together to make an unintelligible, nonsequential babbling of thought. If you are concrete-sequential like me, skip it. While the author is taking segments of conversations and news around him...
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There will be sixteen pages devoted to writing a literary essay including: Glossary of literary terms, Step by...
AuthorDaniel Defoe
Defoe was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. We set out on the 5th of February from Ireland, and had a very fair gale of wind for some days....
AuthorSamuel Richardson
2133 pages, consisting of 536 letters (plus conclusion and author's postscript) all cross-referenced - the author must have been a madman. A madman with an impressive filing system.

This is the kind of book that draws you in slowly but completely, with not much happening most of the time. So...
AuthorChester Himes
At once grotesquely comic and unflinchingly violent, Blind Man With a Pistol is the final entry in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series.
New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones,...
AuthorSinclair Lewis
In Main Street and Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis drew on his boyhood memories of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, to reveal as no writer had done before the complacency and conformity of middle-class life in America. The remarkable novels presented here in this Library of America volume combine brilliant satire...
AuthorJay McInerney
From the writer whose first novel, Bright Lights, Big City, defined a generation and whose seventh and most recent, The Good Life, was an acclaimed national best seller, a collection of stories new and old that trace the arc of his career over nearly three decades. In fact, the short story, as A. O. Scott...
AuthorA.L. Kennedy
From the prodigiously talented A. L. Kennedy comes a flamboyantly stylish and fiercely emotional novel about fathers and daughters, creation and self-destruction, and love’s paradoxical power to heal its most devastated victims. One such victim is Nathan Staples, a writer whose hilarious contempt...
AuthorDon DeLillo
Avoiding Cosmic Fake News

Every community of human beings has its own way of thinking about things, its rules for connecting words and experiences. These rules constitute the community’s epistemology. Epistemology determines who to believe, what is valid and true, and ‘what counts’...
Blind Man's Alley
AuthorJustin Peacock
From the author of the Edgar Award–nominated legal thriller A Cure for Night, an ambitious and compulsively readable novel set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate.

A concrete floor three hundred feet up in the Aurora Tower condo development in SoHo has collapsed, hurling three...
AuthorRita Lakin
Gladdy Gold may have gone from dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker to South Florida retiree, but she’s loving every minute of it. Between poolside gossip, a hot-to-trot boyfriend, and a booming detective business, life couldn’t be sunnier—until a trip back north with her sister Evvie leads to murder...
AuthorRussell Andrews
Police Chief Justin Westwood is content to escape his big-city past in sleepy East End Harbor, but the brutal murder of a Wall Street shark is about to change all that--not least because Westwood was in bed with the victim's wife at the time.

National bestselling author Russell Andrews returns...
AuthorRobert Coover
I cannot remember the last piece of fiction I’ve read that had required reading as a prerequisite. Yes, it is possible to read this work of Coover without first having read A Death in Venice and Collodi’s Pinocchio, but the reader would unfortunately miss out on entirely too many jokes and plot points...
AuthorJoyce Carol Oates
John Reddy Heart came to Willowsville, New York, driving a salmon-colored Cadillac Bel Air and sitting on three Las Vegas phone books; he was eleven years old. From that day on, as John, his seductive mother, addled grandfather, and younger siblings settled into one of the town's most beautiful homes,...
AuthorDennis Cooper
The stunning conclusion to Dennis Cooper's five-book cycle, Period earned its author the accolade "a disquieting genius" by Vanity Fair and praise for his "elegant prose and literary lawlessness" by The New York Times. The culmination of Cooper's explorations into sex and death, youth culture,...
AuthorS.J. Rozan
The secrets of a group of childhood friends unravel in this haunting thriller by Edgar Award winner S. J. Rozan. Set in New York in the unforgettable aftermath of September 11, Absent Friends brilliantly captures a time and place unlike any other, as it winds through the wounded streets of New York and...
Raising Jake
AuthorCharlie Carillo
On a Friday afternoon, Sammy and his son Jake both experience life-changing events within an hour of each other. They spend the rest of the day and the weekend regrouping. They promise each other to answer questions they’ve avoided answering before – and even to answer questions they had avoided...
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