You climbed out of your Y2K bunker and got hooked up with a broadband connection for the first time. You were typing ‘TTYL’ into Instant Messenger and building up your mp3 collection with Napster. But guess what? It was a pretty good year for books.
Just check out these 10 books.
1. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The arrival of an amazing talent who is a great storyteller.
2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Another amazing young talent who turned memoir upside down, while on his way to creating an indie press empire.
This was the book that showed Chabon was a serious writer, with the ability to take historical fiction to the heights of pop culture.
4. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Now considered a masterpiece of the graphic novel form, it’s basically required reading for every high school student.
5. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Yes, it’s one of my favorite books, but it also signaled a massive shift in postmodern literature and seemed to capture our collective anxiety about the constant recording of reality. And hypertext/Internet, you know all that.
6. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Along with AHWOSG, memoir is gaining momentum. It seems like there is always a 100 copies of this book at every Barnes and Noble location.
7. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
I don’t really read books like this, but this was a huge…uh, “tipping point” for modern pop biz and guru books. The concepts in here seem so obvious now because every journo/analyst/prof has applied it to some industry somewhere.
9. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
I stay as far away from YA as a I possibly can and I’ve even heard of this. It’s become a generational touchstone.
10. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Just a solid release in a loaded year that has become recognized as one of her best.
What other books published in 2000 are important?