10 Essential Books from the Last 25 Years

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996)

As is always the case, the book is better. But in Fight Club‘s case, you can at least still discuss the IKEA nesting instinct and soap derived from liposuction dregs with anyone who just rented the DVD. Chuck Palahniuk’s book about manhood in career-obsessed America has become part of our national vocabulary. It’s a cataclysmic romp through consumer culture, a big middle finger to the powers that be, and a bittersweet story about disillusioned men. Just remember, the first rule of Fight Club is…