Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Pre-order now Shop Women's Shop Men's

Twenty-Five Great American Novels

Jana L. Perskie "ceruleana"
 
Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Popular Classics)
Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Popular Classics)
"Mellville's literary masterpiece - a sea saga of vengeance and obsession & a contender for the best work of fiction by an American author."
My Antonia (Virago Modern Classics)
My Antonia (Virago Modern Classics)
"A rich, soulful book, set in Nebraska in the late 1900s. It tells the story of Antonia, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Bohemian family planning to farm on untamed land."
The House of Mirth (Wordsworth Classics)
The House of Mirth (Wordsworth Classics)
"My favorite Edith Wharton novel, featuring an extraordinary heroine, Lily Bart. If you haven't read this - you should. You won't be sorry!"
Washington Square
Washington Square
"One of Henry James' most accessable novels - the story of a young spinster dominated by her father, and her quest for love and independence - set in New York City's Washington Square. Shattering!"
Sister Carrie (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
Sister Carrie (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
"Dreiser's novel, published in 1900, was revolutionary for the time. An 18-year old girl moves from country to city and becomes a "kept woman." The author's nonmoralizing account remains valid today."
Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics)
Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics)
"This is really twenty-one connected stories, not a traditional novel. However Sherwood Anderson's portrait of smalltown life in rural Middle America deserves mention here for its greatness alone."
For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom The Bell Tolls
"Hemmingway at his best on the Spanish Civil War; a love story - and much more, with beautifully portrayed characters."
The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
""Gatsby" epitomizes The Great American Novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald on the 1920s Jazz Age, a memorable storyline, and a masterful and captivating use of the English language."
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
"A major American novel of tenant farmers, migrant workers and broken dreams from the Dust Bowl to California."
Native Son (Vintage Classics)
Native Son (Vintage Classics)
"A stark, beautifully written novel of the African American plight in 1940s America."
From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
"The best WWII novel, from an American point of view. (In my opinion)."
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library)
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library)
"A master craftsman writes a powerful novel about friendship and love - compelling!"
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
"The autobiographical novel that is the soul of the Beat Generation - a cross-country bohemian odyessy."
Revolutionary Road (Modern American Fiction)
Revolutionary Road (Modern American Fiction)
"It is the world's loss that author Yates' died before his time. It is a loss, almost as great, that many of his books are still out of print. His characters, dialogue and prose will blow you away!"
Catch-22 (Vintage Classics)
Catch-22 (Vintage Classics)
"A brilliant satire of war in our time,"
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
"Harper Lee's only novel is an American classic about racism & law in a small Alabama town. One of my very favorite books."
The Keepers of the House (Voices of the South)
The Keepers of the House (Voices of the South)
"Shirley Ann Grau won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for this magnificent novel of the South, and the color-line. Wonderful characters. If you love "To Kill A Mocking Bird," you will love this too!"
Moviegoer
Moviegoer
"Binx Bolling, inveterate cinemaphile, contemplative rake and peripheral man, tries hedonism, then attempts doing the right thing, and ultimately finds redemption by taking a leap of faith. Brilliant!"
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"Holden Caulfield's memorable coming of age story is an absolute classic that will break your heart and make you laugh."
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
"Mc Murtry's saga of the men and women in the Old West, is chock-full of adventure, excitement, and love! A wonderful, unputdownable read!"
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
"Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time! Vonnegut's absurdest classic focuses on Pilgrim's experiences as a man kidnapped by aliens, & as a US POW who  witnesses the firebombing of Dresden."
Deliverance (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
Deliverance (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
"A group of men, on a weekend adventure, are faced with unexpected violence. Chilling"
A Winter's Tale
A Winter's Tale
"Helprin's prose is exquisite in this story of New York during the Belle Epoque, and the multiple lives of protagonist Peter Lake."
The Right Stuff (Picador Books)
The Right Stuff (Picador Books)
"Wolfe brought a wonderful new style of writing to the American scene with his journalistic fiction. This saga of America's first astronauts is his best."
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
"Some may think it is blasphemous to list GWTW along with "The Great Gatsby."  Although Mitchell's writing style may not have influenced many writers, her novel certainly has an impact  on readers!!"