Cassie
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Cassie asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

which of these books are good?

James Agee- A Death in the Family

Sherman Alexie – Flight, Indian Killer

James Baldwin-Go Tell it on the Mountain; Another Country, Giovanni’s Room

John Barth- The Floating Opera, End of the Road,

Giles Goat Boy, Sabbatical

Saul Bellow- The Dangling, Humbolt’s Gift, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Herzog

Octavia Butler – Kindred, Fledgling

Willa Cather- O Pioneers!, Death Comes for the Archbishop, My Antonia

Kate Chopin- At Fault, The Awakening

John Cheever- The Wapshot Chronicle, The Wapshot Scandal

Sandra Cisneros – Caramelo

Stephen Crane- The Red Badge of Courage

Don Delillo – Underworld, White Noise

Ralph Ellison- Invisible Man

Dave Eggers- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Louise Erdrich – The Painted Drum, Love Medicine, The Beet Queen

William Faulkner- The Unvanquished, Intruder in the Dust, Light in August, As I Lay Dying

F. Scott Fitzgerald- Tender is the Night, The Last Tycoon, This Side of Paradise

John Gardner- Grendel, October Light

Nathaniel Hawthorne- Blithedale Romance, Marble Faun, House of Seven Gables

Joseph Heller- Catch-22, Closing Time

Hemingway- A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom The Bell Tolls, To Have and Have Not

William Dean Howells- The Rise of Silas Lapham, A Hazard of New Fortunes

Zora Neale Hurston- Their Eyes Were Watching God

John Irving- The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Omen Meany

Henry James- Portrait of a Lady, The Americans, The Bostonians

Ken Kesey- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Sue Monk Kidd- The Secret Life of Bees

Barbara Kingsolver- The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer

Jerzy Kosinski- The Painted Bird, Being There, Cockpit

Nella Larsen – Passing, Quicksand

Sinclair Lewis- Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Main Street

London- Martin Eden, The Call of the Wild, The Iron Heel

Norman Mailer- The Naked and the Dead, The Deer Park, Harlot’s Ghost

Bernard Malamud- The Assistant, The Natural, The Fixer

Cormac McCarthy – The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men

Carson McCullers- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Ballad of The Sad Café

Herman Melville- Moby Dick

Margaret Mitchell- Gone with the Wind

M. Scott Momaday- House Made of Dawn, The Way to Rainy Mountain

Toni Morrison- Song of Solomon, Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula

Vladimir Nabokov- Pale Fire

Gloria Naylor- The Women of Brewster Place

Frank Norris- McTeague, The Octopus

Flannery O’Connor – The Violent Bear It Away, Wise Blood

Carolyn Parkhurst- The Dogs of Babel

Robert Pirsig- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Lila

Sylvia Plath- The Bell Jar

Katharine Anne Porter- Ship of Fools

Thomas Pynchon – V., Gravity’s Rainbow

Ayn Rand- Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living

Frederick Reiken- The Odd Sea, The Lost Legends of New Jersey

Marilynne Robinson - Housekeeping

Philip Roth- The Plot Against America, Exit Ghost, American Pastoral

J. D. Salinger- Franny and Zooey, Raise High the Roof Beams, The Catcher in the Rye

Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

Upton Sinclair- The Jungle

Jane Smiley- A Thousand Acres, Moo

John Steinbeck- East of Eden, Winter of Our Discontent, The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row

Amy Tan- The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Mark Twain- Innocents Abroad, Mysterious Stranger, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

John Updike- Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, Rabbit at Rest, The Centaur, The Coup

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night

Alice Walker- The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy

Robert Penn Warren- All the Kings Men, A Place to Come to

Dorothy West – The Living is Easy

Nathaniel West- Miss Lonely Hearts, Day of the Locusts

Edith Wharton- Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, Custom of the Country

Thomas Wolfe- Look Homeward, Angel, You Can’t Go Home Again

Richard Wright- Native Son, Black Boy

I need to choose one to read for american lit. let me know if you've read any that were good

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Ones from the list I have read and enjoyed:

    Kate Chopin- The Awakening

    Don Delillo – White Noise

    Ralph Ellison- Invisible Man

    William Faulkner- Light in August, As I Lay Dying

    F. Scott Fitzgerald- This Side of Paradise

    Joseph Heller- Catch-22

    Hemingway- A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises

    Zora Neale Hurston- Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Ken Kesey- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Barbara Kingsolver- The Poisonwood Bible

    Cormac McCarthy – The Road

    Margaret Mitchell- Gone with the Wind

    Sylvia Plath- The Bell Jar

    Thomas Pynchon –Gravity’s Rainbow

    Ayn Rand- Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living

    J. D. Salinger- The Catcher in the Rye

    Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

    John Steinbeck- East of Eden,Cannery Row

    John Updike- Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, Rabbit at Rest

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions

    Alice Walker- The Color Purple

    Edith Wharton- The Age of Innocence

    Good luck! I hope you find something you like :)

  • 1 decade ago

    Good:

    James Agee- A Death in the Family

    William Faulkner- As I Lay Dying

    F. Scott Fitzgerald- Tender is the Night

    Joseph Heller- Catch-22 (My favorite book ever)

    Ken Kesey- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Jerzy Kosinski- Being There

    Toni Morrison- Beloved

    Sylvia Plath- The Bell Jar

    Upton Sinclair- The Jungle

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions

    Bad:

    Willa Cather- My Antonia

    Kate Chopin- The Awakening

    Hemingway- A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom The Bell Tolls

    Barbara Kingsolver- The Poisonwood Bible

    The others I haven't read.

  • 1 decade ago

    These would be my choices as I have read them all and considered them to be good books.

    Ken Kesey- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night

    Joseph Heller- Catch-22

    Mark Twain - Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

    Robert Pirsig- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    John Irving- The World According to Garp

  • 1 decade ago

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle ( easy poniente reads )

    Mark Twain- Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court ( a great fairy tale )

    Upton Sinclair- The Jungle ( this is about life before workers unions)

    J. D. Salinger- The Catcher in the Rye ( teenage angst )

    Robert Pirsig- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ( more philosophy than Lit. )

    Toni Morrison- Beloved ( a Chick book so good I too loved it)

    Hemingway- For Whom The Bell Tolls ( romance in war everyone dies)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Great list. I'm jealous.

    My current favorites from the list are:

    Dave Eggers, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Kesey, McCarthy, Melville, Nabokov, Flannery O'Connor, Pynchon, Salinger, Steinbeck, Twain, and Vonnegut.

    It depends on where you are & what mood you're in.

  • 4 years ago

    Yes I've read it many times...here's the skinny... God created an "evolutonary billions of years ongoing process" in order to come up with us crazy nutty goofy humans... And some of those humans thousands of years ago, did not know this... So they made stuff up... And eventually all the most popular stories they made up, gotten taken a little too seriously after they published those made up stories in a quite impressive collection of ancient savage literature... (And I'm even guessing on the "God created" part at the beginning of this book review...but...it IS a good collection of fine literature and poetry, so I recommend reading it at least once...but once should be enough for anybody...)

  • 1 decade ago

    It would be easier to answer this question if we knew a little about your taste. What kinds of books do you like?

    That being said, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises is one of my all-time favorites.

    But if you're looking for something more uplifting (and really, really easy) go with The Secret Life of Bees. It takes about two hours to read and it borders on the cheesy, but it's hard not to enjoy it.

  • Todd
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Lots of great choices, but I'm only going to name one, lest it get lost in a list. Probably the most fun I've ever had reading a novel:

    "The Sirens of Titan" - Vonnegut

  • 1 decade ago

    I LOVED. . .

    Grendel

    The Bluest Eye

    Secret Life of Bees

    East of Eden

    The Catcher in the Rye

    But my favorite was The Bluest Eye, its very sad, but easy to write about and full of symbolism. I felt like it made me a better person.

  • 1 decade ago

    I personally liked The Dogs of Babel or The Lovely Bones. Personally The Lovely Bones was simply easier for me to get into and understand.

    Source(s): I've read the two books
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