This is an eclectic list, to say the least.  Did Peyton Place really change the world?  I think we missed it in UK. One similar tome which affected me was Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.  Lady Chatterley's Lover certainly changed the bookseller's world.   Thank you for the list, I have not read Giovanni's Room.
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  From: Kate Troy 
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  Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 5:45 AM
  Subject: Re: 12 books

  In no particular order of importance:

  On the Road (Apres moi . . .)
  Giovanni's Room
  The Time Machine
  Peyton Place
  The Plague
  The Declaration of Independence
  A Tale of Two Cities
  In Cold Blood
  The Diary of Anne Frank
  The Kinsey Report
  The Warren Report
  Lady Chatterly's Lover