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13 Novels For Guy's Guys

Guy's read fiction, you just have to get them the right stuff. Here are some ideas.

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1. The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen

I don't want to say that it's a meditation on the carnality of the 21st century man, but I just did.

I don't want to say that it's a meditation on the carnality of the 21st century man, but I just did.

2. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

This novel exemplifies how guy's view relationships... it's not flattering. It is, however, insightful and incredibly entertaining. Plus I'm pretty sure Hornby kicked off the whole list-craze. You're welcome Buzzfeed.

This novel exemplifies how guy's view relationships... it's not flattering. It is, however, insightful and incredibly entertaining. Plus I'm pretty sure Hornby kicked off the whole list-craze. You're welcome Buzzfeed.

3. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys by Chris Fuhrman

One of the greatest coming-of-age novels ever written. A little sacrilegious and all the better for it.

One of the greatest coming-of-age novels ever written. A little sacrilegious and all the better for it.

4. Exteriors and Interiors by C. McGee

There are only a handful of books that capture what it was like to be a twenty-something during the great recession. This is one of them. It also happens to be one of the best dark comedies in recent memory.

There are only a handful of books that capture what it was like to be a twenty-something during the great recession. This is one of them. It also happens to be one of the best dark comedies in recent memory.

5. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Do you remember how you felt after you saw Rudy? That's how you'll feel the whole time you're reading this book. It basically makes you want to just go out and be awesome.

Do you remember how you felt after you saw Rudy? That's how you'll feel the whole time you're reading this book. It basically makes you want to just go out and be awesome.

6. The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey

Yeah, that Jack Handey. You thought he was just good for one-liners on SNL but it turns out he had a novel in him as well. It’s not the most substantive thing you’ll ever read but you’ll laugh multiple times per page.

Yeah, that Jack Handey. You thought he was just good for one-liners on SNL but it turns out he had a novel in him as well. It’s not the most substantive thing you’ll ever read but you’ll laugh multiple times per page.

7. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The ultimate guy’s writer at his very best. Nuff said.

The ultimate guy’s writer at his very best. Nuff said.

8. The Education of a Poker Player by James McManus

Technically this book is connected stories not a novel, but close enough. McManus captures the maturation process as well as anyone. It's honest, poignant, and funny. It's even better if you were raised catholic.

Technically this book is connected stories not a novel, but close enough. McManus captures the maturation process as well as anyone. It's honest, poignant, and funny. It's even better if you were raised catholic.

9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Sure it's cliche to have this book on this list, but whatever, it's awesome. You actually read it faster as it goes along. It's as if you've taken a cornucopia of drugs.

Sure it's cliche to have this book on this list, but whatever, it's awesome. You actually read it faster as it goes along. It's as if you've taken a cornucopia of drugs.

10. Diary of An Oxygen Thief by Anonymous

One reviewer called it a "self-absorbed, masturbatory, Catcher In The Rye." As if that would discourage me from reading it.

One reviewer called it a "self-absorbed, masturbatory, Catcher In The Rye." As if that would discourage me from reading it.

11. Apathy And Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan

A book for lovers of schadenfreude. Yes that's a real word, ask Siri.

A book for lovers of schadenfreude. Yes that's a real word, ask Siri.

12. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

If you didn’t read this in eighth grade you must read it now. Plus the movie had Tom Waits and Ralph Machhio.

If you didn’t read this in eighth grade you must read it now. Plus the movie had Tom Waits and Ralph Machhio.

13. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

If you didn’t read this in fifth grade you must read it now. No you're not too old.

If you didn’t read this in fifth grade you must read it now. No you're not too old.

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