Tuff, Paul Beatty
New York author Beatty's The Sellout might well have been the best novel of 2015; it was certainly the funniest. His caustic, original humor was certainly on display when he published Tuff in 2000. The book follows Winston "Tuffy" Foshay, a young, 300-pound drug dealer in East Harlem who decides to forsake his life of crime in favor of a run for New York city council, with the help of an African American rabbi named Spenser Throckmorton. Tuff is one of the best contemporary satires about the insanity of elections in America.