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Topics: American novelists, American short story writers, J. D. Salinger Pages: 2 (494 words) Published: October 2, 2014
List of American Novels for Research Project English 11H

Historical/War
Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
My Brother Sam is Dead, JL Collier

African-American
Beloved, Toni Morrison (mature themes)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,
Maya Angelou
Native Son, James Baldwin
The Color Purple, Alice Walker (mature themes)
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Malcom X (autobiography- lengthy)
A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest Gaines
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
Black Boy, Richard Wright (memoir)

Dystopian/Futuristic/Science Fiction
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury

Realism/Naturalism/Regionalism
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
White Fang, Jack London
O’Pioneers, Willa Cather
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Maggie, Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Miscellaneous Modern/Contemporary novels
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
The Natural, Bernard Malamud (baseball; Jewish myth)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey (set in a mental asylum) House on Mango Street, Sandy Cisneros
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (Chinese-American culture)
The Help, Kathryn Stockett (set in 1960s; about African-American maids in the South) Shoeless Joe, WP Kinsella (baseball)
Franny and Zooey, by JD Salinger (from 1950’s; If you have an interest in world philosophy or eastern religion, you’d probably like this.) The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (mature themes)

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