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The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver

Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head...

The Ambassadors – Henry James

In this complex tale of self-discovery, Henry James traces the path of an old idealist, Lambert Strether, who arrives in Paris intending to persuade his young charge to abandon an obsession with a French woman and return home. ...


The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

In all her intercourse with society, however, there was nothing that made her feel as if she belonged to it... She stood apart from mortal interests, yet close beside them, like a ghost that revisits the familiar fireside, and ...

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

A classic of American literature on the basis of two factors: One, it is structurally brilliant, with scarcely a line that is unnecessary; and, two, it unfolds before the reader a very moving and human message: The wonder (and ...


Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man is not merely a work about an alienated African American in post war society, it is also the story of American history, and the racism that has been ever present on the surface and veiled beneath the harmless guis...

Libra – Don DeLillo

Libra (1988) is a novel written by Don DeLillo. It focuses on the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and offers a speculative account of the events that shaped the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane. Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle.

Naked Lunch – William S.Burroughs

The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the US to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone.


The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family.

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Set in the 24th century, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of the protagonist, Guy Montag. At first, Montag takes pleasure in his profession as a fireman, burning illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. However, Monta...