Room, Emma Donoghue
This novel is scary and delightful and you should read it now.
Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin
It would have been awesome to read this in its original, serial form in the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1970s, when its references to the counterculture and gay lifestyles were provocative. But it’s still a solid comedy of manners and a marvel of tight pacing.
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
If a real journalist had written this unbelievable true story, it might have been a classic; instead Dave Eggers does an okay job.