Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut amazingly contemporary, given that it was written 40 years ago. the depiction of nyc is dated, and i think we are little less inclined to let chemical dumping go unchecked, but the rest of the description of american places and attitudes is perfectly now. Favorite passage:

"Americans are always afraid of coming home," said Karabekian, "with good reason, may I say."
"They used to have good reason," said Beatrice, "but not anymore. The past has been rendered harmless. I would tell any wandering American now, 'Of course you can go home again, and as often as you please. It's just a motel.'"