The American Story
5 81. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington, Irving
ca. 1790-New York, East Coast.
25 72. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Penguin Classi... - Mark Twain
1840's-St. Petersburg, Missouri, South.
6 83. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
1850-Boston, East Coast.
3 84. Uncle Tom's Cabin (Oxford World's Classics) - Harriet Beecher Stowe
3 75. The Red Badge of Courage (Bantam Classics) - Stephen Crane_II
2 06. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
1860's, Atlanta, Georgia, South.
7 7.37. Little Women (Oxford World's Classics) - Louisa May Alcott
1868-Concord, MA, East Coast.
5 7.88. Dances with Wolves - Michael Blake
1863-The Plains, West.
2 99. Centennial - James Michener
Various times, ending around 1860's-Colorado, West.
2 010. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
1 911. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
5 6.312. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversar... - L. Frank Baum
The classic hero's journey story, American style.
1 1013. My Antonia (Signet Classics) - Willa Cather
181 8.214. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
22 7.815. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
778 816. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
1 417. Farewell to Manzanar - James A. Houston,Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston,James D. Houston
American internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.
785 7.818. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
2 1019. Mash: A Novel About Three Army Doctors - Richard Hooker
This doesn't take place in the US, but so many Americans were affected by this event that I wanted to acknowledge it.
1 620. Black Like ME - John Howard Griffin
1959-New Orleans, Louisiana-South.
A white man risks his life to try and experiment that allows him to live life as a black man in the South in the 1950's. A true and very eye-opening account.
7 8.821. Roots (Dell Book) - Alex Haley
1760's-1970's, Africa, American South-South.
Accuracy aside, this is the definitive story about slavery in America. While this one happens to be Alex Haley's story, it could be anybody's story, and unfortunately, it was so many people's story.
6 7.722. A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
1959-Chicago, Il, West.
4 023. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Dealing with mental health care patients, an underrepresented segment of our society.
3 824. The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley,Malcolm X
6 7.325. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary
Why did I include a children's book in this list? Because I think childhood is an extremely important piece of our American culture. I think the Ramona series has stood the test of time, has been loved by several generations over the years, and truly embodies childhood in America.
83 7.126. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
1980's-China/San Francisco, CA, West.
Multi-generational family story, dealing with immigration issues.
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