1. John Steinbeck - East of Eden
    read it 15 years ago and can still feel the chills of that ending
  2. Jacqueline Susann - The Love Machine
    Robin Stone was Don Draper before he was even a twinkle in Matt Weiner's eye
  3. Lionel Shriver - Double Fault
    life isn't fair, whether in love or in war or in tennis
  4. Adelle Waldman - The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
    future classic; Adelle is eerily attuned to the male psyche
  5. Dave Eggers - The Circle
    is both cutting satire about what basically is my life today, and probably the most accurate prophecy of our lives in the near future