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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury My Ántonia by Willa Cather Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat The Poetry of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Sun, Stone, and Shadows by Jorge F. Hernández Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Washington Square by Henry James
The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers by Robinson Jeffers The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The Call of the Wild by Jack London The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Thief and the Dogs by Naguib Mahfouz
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu The Things They Carried  by Tim O'Brien When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe True Grit by Charles Portis
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town by Thornton Wilder Old School by Tobias Wolff

IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES

By Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez's popular novel is a fictional account influenced by the real lives of the Mirabal sisters, who grew up in the Dominican Republic and were involved in the rebellion against dictator Rafael Trujillo in the 1930s. Read more

BLESS ME, ULTIMA

By Rudolfo Anaya

One of the most respected works of Chicano literature, Rudolfo Anaya tells the story of Antonio Juan Márez y Luna, a young boy who grapples with faith, identity, and death as he comes of age in New Mexico. Read more

FAHRENHEIT 451

By Ray Bradbury

In one of literature's most haunting denunciations of censorship, Ray Bradbury uses the materials of science fiction to tell the story of Guy Montag, a fireman forced to burn books. Read more

MY √ĀNTONIA

By Willa Cather

The spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family plans to farm the untamed Nebraska land. Willa Cather's tale comes to us through the eyes of Ántonia's childhood friend, Jim Burden. Read more

BROTHER, I'M DYING

By Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat was raised by her uncle in Haiti then moved to the United States with parents and siblings she hardly knew. This memoir explores the contrasting lives of her uncle in Haiti and her father in America, delving deep into themes of family, home and tradition. Read more

THE POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON

By Emily Dickinson

Although virtually unknown during her life, this visionary New England poet is now praised as one of America’s most original writers. Read more

LOVE MEDICINE

By Louise Erdrich

An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota. Read more

THE GREAT GATSBY

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Told through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald's lyrical masterpiece recounts Jay Gatsby's desperate quest to win back his first love as he struggles to recapture the past. Read more

A LESSON BEFORE DYING

By Ernest J. Gaines

A frustrated schoolteacher in 1940s Louisiana tries to give a condemned man back his dignity before he dies. Vivid and compassionate, this novel asks: Knowing we're going to die, how should we live? Read more

THE MALTESE FALCON

By Dashiell Hammett

Detective Sam Spade becomes embroiled with a mysterious client, avenges the death of his partner, and chases a priceless treasure in this classic American private-eye novel. Read more

A FAREWELL TO ARMS

By Ernest Hemingway

A story of love and pain, loyalty and desertion, Ernest Hemingway's World War I novel features the tragedy of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful nurse. Read more

SUN, STONE, AND SHADOWS

By Jorge F. Hernández

This anthology presents a superb selection of the finest Mexican short stories ever written, and offers a glimpse into a diverse and fascinating culture. Authors include Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz, Rosario Castellanos, and Carlos Fuentes. Read more

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

By Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston's vibrant novel presents Janie Mae Crawford's growth from a voiceless teenage girl into a woman who takes charge of her own destiny. Read more

WASHINGTON SQUARE

By Henry James

The timeless story of a young girl's desire to please both her disapproving father and the man she loves, this novel follows Catherine Sloper's remarkable transformation from a meek wallflower to a steadfast woman true to her convictions. Read more

THE POETRY OF ROBINSON JEFFERS

By Robinson Jeffers

A great poet of the Western landscape, Jeffers celebrated the heartbreaking beauty of existence and reminded humanity of its responsibility to the natural world. Read more

THE NAMESAKE

By Jhumpa Lahiri

With penetrating insight, Jhumpa Lahiri follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. Read more

A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA

By Ursula K. Le Guin

In the first book of Ursula K. Le Guin's widely admired fantasy series, only the power of language can restore balance to a dangerous world. Read more

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

By Harper Lee

As Harper Lee's narrator, Scout Finch, tries to draw out a reclusive neighbor, she bears witness to a racially charged trial that shapes the character of her Alabama community. Read more

THE CALL OF THE WILD

By Jack London

Abducted from his comfortable home and sold as a sled dog, Buck battles the elements to become leader of the pack. This story of a struggle for survival is an unforgettable adventure. Read more

THE POETRY OF HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The most popular American poet of the nineteenth century, this remarkable writer helped create the songs and stories that gave a new nation its identity. Read more

THE THIEF AND THE DOGS

By Naguib Mahfouz

Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz's psychological thriller follows a thief's quest for revenge down the boulevards and back alleys of Cairo. Read more

THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER

By Carson McCullers

A teenage outcast, a drunken socialist, a black doctor, and a sad café owner confess their secrets to a deaf-mute, in Carson McCullers's dramatic story of poverty and racism in a 1930s Georgia mill town. Read more

THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS

By Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu tells the story of Sepha Stephanos, who fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a better life in America, and examines how an immigrant's expectations match up to the reality of American life. Read more

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

By Tim O'Brien

Tracing the tour of one American platoon this book is not just a tale of the Vietnam War, although it's considered one of the finest books ever about combat. This award-winning book is a brutal, sometimes funny, often profound narrative about the human heart—how it fares under pressure, and what it can endure. Read more

WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE

By Julie Otsuka

In this powerful and concise novel, Julie Otsuka describes the grim experiences of a Japanese-American family forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. Read more

THE SHAWL

By Cynthia Ozick

Rosa Lublin is a Holocaust survivor whose memories of a Nazi death camp continue to traumatize her thirty years later. Cynthia Ozick's heartbreakingly empathic novella achieves one of fiction's loftiest goals, giving readers insight into a stranger's heart. Read more

THE STORIES AND POEMS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE

By Edgar Allan Poe

Combining stylistic virtuosity with a deep understanding of the darkness of the human heart, Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems have haunted readers for more than 150 years. Read more

TRUE GRIT

By Charles Portis

A classic Western, True Grit recounts the backcountry adventure of a one-eyed marshal, "Rooster” Cogburn, and a spirited fourteen-year-old, Mattie Ross, as they seek to avenge the death of Mattie's father. Read more

HOUSEKEEPING

By Marilynne Robinson

When Ruth and her sister Lucille are abandoned in the isolated Idaho town of Fingerbone, their lives become intertwined with the legacy of loss that haunts the Foster family. Read more

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

By John Steinbeck

A Dust Bowl saga of the Joad family's rough passage to California and the rougher treatment they find there, John Steinbeck's novel is tragedy and comedy, story and allegory, editorial and epic. Read more

THE JOY LUCK CLUB

By Amy Tan

In sixteen interwoven stories, Amy Tan's characters—four Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters—struggle to connect despite the ghosts and secrets of the past. Read more

THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH

By Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy's Ivan Ilyich is a Russian judge and middle-class everyman. Struck down by disease at forty-five, Ivan discovers a horrifying truth: He has not lived a meaningful life. Read more

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

By Mark Twain

Humor, trouble, and adventure follow Tom Sawyer everywhere—from the banks of the Mississippi to the brink of death and back in Mark Twain's first full novel. Read more

INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH

By Luis Alberto Urrea

Filled with radiant depictions of the Mexican landscape and unforgettable characters, Luis Alberto Urrea's novel chronicles a young woman's quest to protect her hometown from banditos. Read more

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

By Edith Wharton

In 1870s New York, Newland Archer and his fiancée seem the perfect match. But when the alluring Countess Ellen Olenska returns home from Europe, Newland must make the most important decision of his life. Read more

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY AND OUR TOWN

By Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder is the only writer to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and drama. His novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and his play Our Town ask us to examine how we live our precarious, precious lives, whether in small-town America, eighteenth-century Peru, or anywhere else. Read more

OLD SCHOOL

By Tobias Wolff

At a New England prep school where keeping up appearances is everything, Tobias Wolff's youthful narrator learns the painful difference between truth and fiction. Read more


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