The Greatest "Contemporary, Wisconsin" Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 315 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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Contemporary

Contemporary books are a genre that focuses on stories set in the present day, often exploring current social, cultural, and political issues. These books are typically written in a modern style and often feature relatable characters dealing with real-life situations. Contemporary books can cover a wide range of topics, from romance and family drama to coming-of-age stories and thrillers. The genre is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world we live in, making it a popular choice for readers who want to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and issues.

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  1. 1. Like Life by Lorrie Moore

    "Like Life" is a collection of short stories that explore the nuances of everyday life, delving into the complexities of relationships, love, and loss. The narratives are filled with characters grappling with their past, struggling with their present, and uncertain about their future. The author uses humor and poignant observation to highlight the beauty, pain, and absurdity of human existence, painting a vivid picture of life's many contradictions and ironies.

    The 2823rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

    Set in the Midwest shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the book follows a young woman named Tassie Keltjin as she navigates her way through college life and a new job as a nanny for a sophisticated and mysterious couple who have adopted a mixed-race child. The story delves into themes of love, loss, and the complexities of racial identity, as Tassie becomes more entangled in the family's life and secrets, ultimately experiencing a tragic loss that changes her perspective on life.

    The 4777th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Who Will Run The Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore

    The novel explores the complexities of female friendship and the nostalgia for adolescence through the eyes of its protagonist, Berie Carr, who reminisces about her teenage years while on a trip to Paris with her husband. The story delves into Berie's memories of her intense friendship with Sils, her best friend during her formative years in upstate New York. Amidst the backdrop of a 1970s summer job at an amusement park, the narrative captures the poignant and often painful transition from the innocence of childhood to the disillusionment of adulthood, highlighting the formative experiences that shape us and the enduring impact of our earliest bonds.

    The 6613th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

    "Homeland Elegies" is a novel by Ayad Akhtar that blurs the lines between fiction and memoir. The book follows the story of a Pakistani-American playwright named Ayad Akhtar who is struggling to reconcile his identity as a Muslim-American in a post-9/11 world. Through a series of interconnected stories, Akhtar explores themes of family, politics, and identity, while also examining the American Dream and the challenges faced by immigrants in the United States. The novel is a powerful and poignant exploration of what it means to be an American today.

    The 9078th Greatest Book of All Time

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