A friend writes, “I am looking for some good books to read—have any suggestions?” Below were a couple of suggestions I made off the top of my head. What books would you recommend?

If you’re looking for some (serious) French fiction, here’s a good book that I recommend:
Michel Houellebecq: The Elementary Particles

For something light and British, try:
Anything by Nick Hornby (About A Boy or High Fidelity esp.)

Something edgier and American:
You might try Chuck Palahniuk: Lullaby

Looking for hip, young writers? Try:
Zadie Smith: White Teeth
Dave Eggers: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (nonfiction)
Po Bronson: What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question (nonfiction)

Socially responsible choices (nonfiction):
Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less
Barbara Ehrenreich: Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America

A few books on my list to read include (nonfiction):
James Frey: A Million Little Pieces
Dan Gillmor: We The Media
Tom Wolfe: Hooking Up