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Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. 1958.

Okonkwo, a proud village leader is driven to murder by European changes to his traditional Ibo society.

* + Adams, Richard. Watership Down. 1972.

A heroic fantasy about a group of rabbits.

Agee, James. A Death in the Family. 1957.
The enchanted childhood summer of 1915 suddenly becomes a baffling experience for Rufus Follet when his young father dies.

Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of Butterflies. 1994.
Dede, the only survivor of the four Mirabel sisters, code named Mariposas or butterflies, reveals their role in the liberation of the Dominican Republic from the dictator Trujillo.

Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless Me, Ultima. 1972.
Ultima, a wise old mystic, helps a young Hispanic boy resolve personal dilemmas caused by the differing backgrounds and aspirations of his parents and society.

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. 1986.
In Gilead, a Christian fundamentalist dystopia, fertile lower-class women serve as birth-mothers for the upper class.

* + Austin, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. 1813.

Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters try to find husbands and love in their formal and proper English society.

Other titles by this author – Emma; * Persuasion; Sense and Sensibility; + Mansfield Park

+ Baldwin, James. Go Tell It On The Mountain. 1953.

Semi-autobiographical novel about a 14-year-old black youth's religious conversion.

Other titles by this author – Notes to a Native Son; + If Beale Street Could Talk

Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward: 2000-1887. 1887

A young man travels in time to a utopian year 2000, where economic security and a healthy moral environment have reduced crime.

Bellow, Saul. Seize the Day. 1956

A son grapples with his love and hate for an unworthy father.

Other titles by this author – The Adventures of Augie March

* + Burns, Olive Ann. Cold Sassy Tree. 1984.

In the fictional town of Cold Sassy, we follow the life of Will Tweedy.

Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Sower. 1993.
Lauren Olamina, who suffers from a hereditary trait called "hyperempathy" that causes her to feel others' pain physically, journeys north along the dangerous highways of twentieth-first century California.

Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451. 1953.

Reading is a crime and firemen burn books in this futuristic society.

+ Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. 1847.

An intelligent and passionate governess falls in love with a strange, moody man tormented by dark secrets.

* + Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. 1847.

The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.

+ Camus, Albert. The Stranger. 1942.

A man who is virtually unknown to both himself and others commits a pointless murder for which he has no explanation.

* Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game. 1985.
In a world decimated by alien attacks, the government trains young geniuses like Ender Wiggin in military strategy with increasingly complex computer games.

* + Cather, Willa. My Antonia. 1918

Immigrant pioneers strive to adapt to the Nebraska prairies.

Other titles by this author – + Death Comes for the Archbishop; + Neighbor Rosicky;

+ Sapphira

+ de Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote. 1605

An eccentric old gentleman sets out as a knight “tilting at windmills” to right the wrongs of the world.

+ Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. 1899.
Edna Pontellier, an unhappy wife and mother, discovers new qualities in herself when she visits Grand Isle, a resort for the Creole elite of New Orleans.

Cisneros, Sandra. The House On Mango Street. 1991.
In short, poetic stories, Esperanza describes life in a low-income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago.

+ Clark, Walter Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. 1940.

When a group of citizens discovers one of their members has been murdered by cattle rustlers, they form an illegal posse, pursue the murderers, and lynch them.

* + Clemens, Samuel (AKA Twain, Mark). The Price and the Pauper. 1881.

Tells of two boys who accidentally meet and are surprised that they are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper, and Prince Edward, son of Henry VIII of England.

Other titles by this author - + A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

* Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. 1902.

The novel’s narrator journeys into the Congo where he discovers the extent to which greed can corrupt a good man.

Other titles by this author – * The Sharer; + Lord Jim; * The Outcast of the Island; + Youth

* + Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans. 1826.

Tells of the adventures of Hawkeye and Uncas (the last surviving member of the Mohican tribe) during the French and Indian War.

Other titles by this author - * + The Pioneers; * The Deerslayer; + Afloat & Ashore; + Horn & the Forest; + The Spy; +The Prairie; + The Pilot; +The Pathfinder; + Leathershockings

* + Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. 1719.

The adventures of a man who spends 24 years on an isolated island.

Other titles by this author - * Roxana; + Molly Flanders

* + Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. 1860-1861.

The moving story of the rise, fall, and rise again of a humbly-born young orphan.

Other titles by this author – + David Copperfield; + Hard Times; +Barnaby Rudge; +Bleak House; +Dombey & Son; +Little Dorrit; +Martin Chuzzlewit; +Nicholas Nickleby; + The Old Curiosity Shop; + Oliver Twist; + Our Mutual Friend

+ Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. 1866.
A sensitive intellectual is driven by poverty to believe himself exempt from moral law.

Other titles by this author – The Brothers Karamazov; +The Adolescent; + The Idiot

+ Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy. 1925.

The story of Clyde Griffiths, whose troubles with women and law take him from his religious upbringing in Kansas to New York.

+ Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers. 1844.

Recounts the adventures of d’Artagnan after he leaves home to become a musketeer.

Other titles by this author - + The Man in the Iron Mask; + 20 Years Later

* + Eliot, George. The Mill on the Floss. 1860.

Maggie is miserable because her brother disapproves of her choices of romances.

Other titles by this author – Middlemarch; + Silus Marner

+ Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. 1952.
A young African American seeking identity during his high school and college days, and later in New York's Harlem, relates his terrifying experiences.

Emecheta, Buchi. Bride Price. 1976.
Aku-nna, a very young Ibo girl, and Chike, her teacher, fall in love despite tribal custom forbidding their romance.

Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury. 1929.

Different points of view from different times tell the story of the Compson family as it falls into ruin.

Other titles by this author – As I Lay Dying; The Bear; + Light in August; Absalom, Absalom;

+ Unvanquished; + Intruder in the Dust

+ Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones. 1749.

Tom is a foundling discovered on the property of Squire Allworthy. As he grows, his uncertain birth causes problems.

Other titles by this author – + Joseph Andrews

* + Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925.

A young man corrupts himself and the American Dream to regain a lost love.

Other titles by this author - +Tender is the Night; + This Side of Paradise

+ Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. 1856.

In her extramarital affairs, a bored young wife seeks unsuccessfully to find the emotional experiences she craves.

Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier. 1915.

Set just before World War I, this chronicles the tragedies of the lives of two seemingly perfect couples.

+ Forester, E.M. A Passage to India. 1924.

A young English woman in British-ruled India accuses an Indian doctor of sexual assault.

Other titles by this author – A Room with a View; Howard’s End

+ Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain. 1997.
Inman, a wounded Civil War soldier, endures the elements, The Guard, and his own weakness and infirmity to return to his sweetheart, Ada, who is fighting her own battle to survive while farming the mountainous North Carolina terrain.

Gaines, Ernest. A Lesson Before Dying. 1993.
When Jefferson's attorney states, "I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this," disillusioned teacher Grant Wiggins is sent into the penitentiary to help this slow learner gain a sense of dignity and self-esteem before his execution.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

Faust makes a pact with the Devil in exchange for knowledge.

Gardner, John. Grendel. 1971.
In a unique interpretation of the Beowulf legend, the monster Grendel relates his struggle to understand the ugliness in himself and mankind in the brutal world of fourteenth-century Denmark.

Gibbons, Kaye. Ellen Foster. 1987.
Casting an unflinching yet humorous eye on her situation, eleven-year-old Ellen survives her mother's death, an abusive father, and uncaring relatives to find for herself a loving home and a new mama.

+ Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the d’Urbervilles. 1891.

The happiness of Tess and her husband is destroyed when she confesses a secret.

Other titles by this author – * + The Return of the Native; * + The Mayor of Casterbridge; + Far From the Maddening Crowd

* Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. 1850.

Tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery, refuses to name the father, and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

Other titles by this author - +Marble Faun

Heller, Joseph. Catch-22. 1961.
A broad comey about a WWII bombardier based in Italy and his efforts to avoid bombing missions.

* Hemingway, Ernest. Farewell to Arms. 1929.
World War I is the setting for this love story of an English nurse and a wounded American ambulance officer.

Other titles by this author – * + The Sun Also Rises; + To Have and Have Not; + Green Hills of Africa; + From Whom the Bells Toll

Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha. 1951.
Emerging from a kaleidoscope of experiences and tasted pleasures, Siddhartha transcends to a state of peace and mystic holiness in this strangely simple story.

* + Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 1831.

Tells the story of a poor Gypsy (Esmeralda) and a misshapen bell-ringer (Quasimodo).

Other titles by this author - * + Les Miserables

James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady. 1881.

It is the story of a spirited young American woman, Isabel Archer, who "affronts her destiny" and finds it overwhelming. She inherits a large amount of money and subsequently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates.

Other titles by this author – + The Turn of the Screw

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 1916.

A novel about a young man growing up in Ireland and rebelling against family, country, and religion.

Other titles by this author – Ulysses; The Dubliners

+ Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. 1915.

The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a "monstrous vermin"

Other titles by this author – The Trial

Keneally, Thomas. Schindler's List. 1982.
Oskar Schindler, a rich factory owner, risks his life and spends his personal fortune to save Jews listed as his workers during World War II.

* Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 1962.

A novel about a power struggle between the head nurse and one of the male patients in a mental institution.

+ King, Laurie R. The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or, on the Segregation of the Queen. 1994.
Retired Sherlock Holmes meets his intellectual match in 15-year-old Mary Russell, who challenges him to investigate yet another case.

* + Kipling, Rudyard. Kim. 1901.

Kim is the orphaned son of an Irish solder who earns his living by begging and running errands. He befriends a Tibetan Lama and joins him on his quest to free himself from the Wheel of Things.

Other titles by this author - *+ Captain Courageous

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior. 1975.

Five interconnected stories go through a Chinese woman’s life and the events that shape it.

* Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. 1959.

Through a flashback, this coming of age novel goes back to when Gene and Phineas become friends at their private school and their experiences.

Other titles by this author – + The Paragon; + Peace Breaks Out

Kosinski, Jerzy. Painted Bird. 1965.
An abandoned dark-haired child wanders alone through isolated villages of Eastern Europe in World War II.

* Lawrence, D.H. Sons and Lovers. 1913.

Tells the story of Paul Morel, a young man and a budding artist, as he lives through the agonies of striving to win free from his old life.

Other titles by this author – Women in Love; Lady Chatterley’s Lover

+ Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. 1922.

Babbitt lives a professionally successful life, but is nevertheless unhappy. Will he realize happiness?

Other titles by this author – + Main Street; + Arrowsmith; + Elmer Gentry

+ London, Jack. The Call of the Wild. 1903.

Buck is a loyal pet dog until cruel men make him a pawn in their search for Klondike gold.

Other titles by this author - + Sea Wolf; + Iron Heel; + Martin Eden

Malamud, Bernard. The Fixer. 1966.
Victim of a vicious anti-Semitic conspiracy, Yakov Bok is in a Russian prison with only his indomitable will to sustain him.

Other titles by this author – The Assistant

* Maloy, Sir Thomas. Le Morte D’Arthur. 1485.

A compilation of some French and English Arthurian romances.

Mann, Thomas. Death in Venice. 1912.

In this novella, an author becomes aware of a darker side of himself when he visits Venice.

Other titles by this author – + The Magic Mountain

Markandaya, Kamala. Nectar In A Sieve. 1954.
Natural disasters, an arranged marriage, and industrialization of her village are the challenges Rukmani must face as the bride of a peasant farmer in southern India.

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1967.

This novel chronicles a family’s struggle and the history of their fictional town, Macondo, for one hundred years.

Mason, Bobbi Ann. In Country. 1985.
After her father is killed in the Vietnam War, Sam Hughes lives with an uncle whom she suspects suffers from the effects of Agent Orange, and struggles to come to terms with the war's impact on her family.

McCullers, Carson. The Member of the Wedding. 1946.
A young Southern girl is determined to be the third party on a honeymoon, despite all advice.

McKinley, Robin. Beauty. 1978.
Love is the only key to unlocking a curse and transforming the Beast into a man.

Other titles by this author - + The Blue Sword

+ Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. 1851.

A complex novel about a mad sea captain’s pursuit of the White Whale.

Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko's Daughter. 1993.
In the years following her mother's suicide, Yuki develops the inner strength to cope with her distant father, her resentful stepmother, and her haunting, painful memories.

+ Morrison, Toni. Beloved. 1987.
Preferring death over slavery for her children, Sethe murders her infant daughter who later mysteriously returns and almost destroys the lives of her mother and sister.

Other titles by this author – Sula; * Song of Solomon; +Bluest Eyes; + Jazz

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction. 1990.
These stories follow Tim O'Brien's platoon of American soldiers through a variety of personal and military encounters during the Vietnam War.

O'Connor, Flannery. Everything That Rises Must Converge. 1965.
Stories about misfits in small Southern towns force the reader to confront hypocrisy and complacency.

Other titles by this author – A Good Man is Hard to Find

* + Orwell, George. 1984. 1949.

In this futuristic authoritarian regime in 1984, Winston Smith is working for the Ministry of Truth when problems arise.

+ Pasternak, Boris. Doctor Zhivago. 1957.

An epic novel of Russia before and after the Bolshevik revolution.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. 1963.

The heartbreaking story of a talented young woman’s descent into madness.

Potok, Chaim. The Chosen. 1967.
A baseball injury brings together two Jewish boys, one Hasidic, the other Orthodox, first in hostility but finally in friendship.

Other titles by this author - + My Name is Asher Lev

Power, Susan. The Grass Dancer. 1994.
Ending in the 1980s with the love story of Charlene Thunder and grass dancer Harley Wind Soldier, this multigenerational tale of a Sioux family is told in the voices of the living and the dead.

* Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. 1966.

A woman possibly unearths the centuries-old conflict between to mail distribution companies, Thurn und Taxis and the Trystero.

* + Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. 1929.

A young German soldier in World War I experiences pounding shellfire, hunger, sickness, and death.

Roth, Henry. Call It Sleep. 1934.

The story of three years in the life of a sensitive Jewish slum-child.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. 1951.

A prep school dropout rejects the “phoniness” he sees all about him.

Other titles by this author - +Raise High the Roof Beam

* + Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe. 1819.

Tale of Ivanhoe, the disinherited knight, Lady Rowena, Richard the Lion-Hearted, and Robin Hood at the time of the Crusades.

Other titles by this author – + Quentin Durwoard; + Rob Roy; + The Talisman

Shaara, Michael. Killer Angels. 1974.
Officers and foot soldiers from both the Union and Confederacy steel themselves for the bloody Battle of Gettysburg.

* Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. 1831.

The title of the novel refers to a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of a man, but larger than average and more powerful.

+ Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. 1906.

The deplorable conditions of the Chicago stockyards are exposed in this turn-of-the-century novel.

* + Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. 1963

Ian Denisovich Shukhov endures one more day in a Siberian prison camp and finds joy in survival.

+ Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. 1939.
An Oklahoma farmer and his family leave the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression to go to the promised land of California.

Other titles by this author – + Of Mice and Men; * + Cannery Row; + East of Eden; + In Dubious Battle; + Short Reign of Pippen IV; + Winter of our Discontent

* + Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. 1883.

A young boy must deal with pirates and Long John Silver in a tale of adventure and treasure.

Other titles by this author - * Kidnapped; + Black Arrow

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 1852.

The classic tale that awakened a nation about the slave system.

+ Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels. 1726.

Gulliver encounters dwarfs and giants and has other strange adventures when his ship is wrecked in distant lands.

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. 1989.

After her mother’s death, a young Chinese-American woman learns of her mother’s tragic early life in China.

* + Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. 1937

Follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win his share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug.

Other titles by this author - * + The Fellowship of the Ring; + The Two Towers; + The Return of the King; + Tolkein Reader

Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. 1873-1877

Anna forsakes her husband for the dashing Count Vronsky and brief happiness.

Other titles by this author – War and Peace

Uchida, Yoshiko. Picture Bride. 1987.
Hana Omiya journeys to America in the early 1900s to marry a man she has never met.

Updike, John. Rabbit, Run. 1960.

Shows three months in the life of a 26 year old former high school basketball player and his attempts to escape the constraints of his life.

* Verne, Jules. Journey to the Center of the Earth. 1864.

A professor leads his nephew and hired guide down a volcano in Iceland to the “center of the Earth”.

Other titles by this author - * Around the World in 80 Days; * + 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; * + The Mysterious Island

* + Voltaire. Candide. 1759.

Begins with a young man, Candide, who has lived a sheltered life in a Eden-like paradise. His uptopia is destroyed and he must learn about himself and the world around him.

+ Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five. 1969.

Billy Pilgrim, an optometrist from New York shuttles between World War II Dresden and a luxurious zoo on the planet Tralfamadore.

Other titles by this author – + Cat’s Cradle; * Welcome to the Monkey House; + Breakfast of Champions; + God Bless You, Mr. Rosenwater

+ Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 1983.

A young woman sees herself as property until another woman teachers her to value herself.

Watson, Larry. Montana 1948. 1993.
The summer he is 12, David watches as his family and small town are shattered by scandal and tragedy.

+ Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. 1905.

New York socialite Lily Bart is attempting to secure a husband and a place in rich society.

Other titles by this author – The Age of Innocence; + Ethan Frome; + The Glimpses of the Moon

White, T.H. The Once and Future King. 1958.

An Arthurian fantasy novel.

+ Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. 1890.

While being painted for a portrait, Dorian realizes that beauty is what is valued most in the world and so wishes that his picture would get old and gray instead of him.

+ Wright, Richard. Native Son. 1940.
For Bigger Thomas, an African American man accused of a crime in the white man's world, there could be no extenuating circumstances, no explanations and only death.

Yolen, Jane. Briar Rose. 1992.
Disturbed by her grandmother Gemma's unique version of Sleeping Beauty, Rebecca seeks the truth behind the fairy tale.

Other titles by this author – + Girl Cage; + Children of the Wolf; + Queen’s Own Fool

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