What Makes Sammy Run?, Budd Schulberg (1941)

How to succeed in the movie business

Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Good Sex, Dr. Ruth Westheimer (1983)

Let’s get it on

Justine, Lawrence Durrell (1957)

A love triangle and a literary quartet

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak (1963)

‘We’ll eat you up—we love you so!’

Fear of Flying, Erica Jong (1973)

Feminism goes zipless

The Power Broker, Robert Caro (1974)

The Empire State builder

The Dialectic of Sex, Shulamith Firestone (1970)

Essential reading for radical feminists

The Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer (1968)

Marching against the Vietnam War

Satan in Goray, Isaac Bashevis Singer (1955)

The first novel by the Nobel Prize-winning Yiddish author

The Savage Mind, Claude Lévi-Strauss (1962)

The way we think, and why

Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth (1969)

The bard of Newark’s take on sex, Jewish mothers, and how to prepare liver

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