He named his ten favorite books for Business Insider. One title on the list:
True Grit by Charles PortisRead about the other books on Bourdain's list.
"The greatest female protagonist I've ever read. Portis is one of the most underrated under appreciated authors of the 20th century. Forget the film versions. Read the book. His book, 'Dog Of The South,' is also brilliant," Bourdain said.
This classic American novel follows a teenage girl as she tries to avenge the murder of her father in the wild west.
True Grit also appears on Andy Borowitz's list of five top comic novels, Tad Friend's five best list of novels on success, Willy Vlautin's list of five great books set in the West, and Jonathan Lethem's list of five terrific novels overshadowed by their film versions.
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