Top 10 Novels of the 70's

A Listmania! list by PuroShaggy
The list author says: "Must Read Books from the decade that brought us disco, punk, Jimmy Carter, and porn!"
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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  "An author at her best, writing about her life as an african-american women growing up in a racially charged America.  Written perfectly, insightful, moving- one of those works that helps you better see a different side of America."
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
2.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Ralph Steadman
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  "Thompson invented a new style of reporting with this hedonistic tour-de-force.  Gonzo journalism injected personality and danger into every day reporting and walked the fine but thrilling line between reporting a story and becoming the story yourself."
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Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
3.  Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Thomas Pynchon
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  "It does not matter what this book is about- Pynchon is a literary genius who does with the Engish language what Dali did with paint, what Newton did with science, what Childs did with food- he paves new paths in an exhilarating and inspiring way."
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Dispatches
4.  Dispatches by Michael Herr
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  "The title refers to a series of dispatches from the Vietnam War, and this novel takes the reader deep inside the confusing, contradictory, violent, hopeless, pointless war."
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The Name of the Rose
5.  The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
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  "A murder in a monastery provides the setting for this genre-defying mystery."
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The Public Burning (Coover, Robert)
6.  The Public Burning (Coover, Robert) by Robert Coover
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  "The Rosenberg Trial is the focus of this scathing, hilarious, insightful, and satirical take on the 50's, patriotism, the Cold War, and more- with a young Richard Nixon driving the action."
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Willard and His Bowling Trophies
7.  Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Richard Brautigan
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  "Weird has never been more enjoyable."
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Fear of Flying
8.  Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
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  "The book that gives women power- sexual, romantic, personal power.  A keystone in the feminist movement without falling victim to any of the cliches of feminism."
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition
9.  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition by Douglas Adams
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  "One of the funniest books you will ever read.  Science fiction for people who don't like science fiction (and you sci-fi fans will enjoy it too)."
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The World According to Garp (Modern Library)
10.  The World According to Garp (Modern Library) by John Irving
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  "John Irving at his sprawling storytelling best- the life of one Garp, complete with infidelities, transvestites, sex in cars, love, death, and more."
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