American Fictions Everyone Should Read

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  10. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  11. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  12. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  13. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  14. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  15. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  16. Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
  17. Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels by John Updike
  18. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  19. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  20. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
  21. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  22. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  23. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  24. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  25. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  26. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  27. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  28. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  29. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  30. Underworld by Don DeLillo
  31. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  32. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  33. Independence Day by Richard Ford
  34. The Known World by Edward P Jones
  35. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  36. Rabbit Angstrom by John Updike
  37. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  38. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  39. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  40. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  41. Dune by Frank Herbert
  42. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  43. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
  44. Fear Of Flying by Erica Jong
  45. Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
  46. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  47. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  48. Ironweed by William Kennedy
  49. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  50. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
  51. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  52. Maggie: A Girl on the Streets by Stephen Crane
  53. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  54. Native Son by Richard Wright
  55. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  56. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  57. Ragtime by E L Doctorow
  58. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  59. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  60. Song Of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  61. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  62. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  63. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  64. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  65. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  66. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  67. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  68. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  69. The Human Stain by Philip Roth
  70. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  71. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  72. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  73. The Naked and Dead by Norman Mailer
  74. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
  75. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
  76. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  77. The Reivers by William Faulkner
  78. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  79. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  80. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  81. The Shining by Stephen King
  82. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  83. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  84. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  85. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Categories: Literature & Fiction

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