The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Before Leonardo DiCaprio popularizes F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel The Great Gatsby in this December's sure-to-be-huge film adaptation, do yourselves a big-time favor and revisit (or, heaven forbid, finally read for the first time) the iconic Jazz Age author's original text. As it follows the endlessly compelling lothario Jay Gatsby, the novel is both an intricate character examination and a celebration of the lively, elegant, and rip-roaring 1920s.
Fun Fact: In the years since The Great Gatsby's release, six authors have either written quasi-spinoff novels showing characters in their later years or remixed Fitzgerald's story into a different time and setting. For example, Ernesto QuiĂ±onez's Bodega Dreams moved the drama to Spanish Harlem.