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Mr. asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 10 months ago

What is the best book to start reading American literature?

I am thinking about some classic book, but if someone knows about a new one which is good, I am here to listen.

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  • Spike
    Lv 7
    10 months ago
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    Here are some books to look into for your reading list.

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

    Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

    The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

    The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder

    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

    Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

    Underwater: A Novel by Marisa Reichardt

    Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

    Not as Crazy as I Seem by George Harrar

    Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

    Fail Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler

    The Quiet American by Graham Greene

    The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

    On the Beach by Nevil Shute

    The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

    The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

    The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

  • olivia
    Lv 5
    10 months ago

    The Great Gatsby by F. ...

    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. ...

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. ...

    The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. ...

    Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    The short stories of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, O. Henry, Jack London, Dorothy Parker, Edgar Allan Poe, J.D. Salinger and Kurt Vonnegut.

    Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans"

    Charles Bukowski's "Ham on Rye"

    Don DeLillo's "Underworld"

    Philip K. Dick's "VALIS"

    All of Raymond Chandler's stuff

    Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

    John Fante's "Ask the Dust"

    Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea"

    S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders"

    Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    Jonathan Lethem's "Motherless Brooklyn"

    Jack London's "Martin Eden"

    Bernard Malamud's "The Assistant"

    Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"

    Herman Melville's "Moby Dick"

    Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer"

    Hubert Selby Jr.'s "Last Exit to Brooklyn"

    Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle"

    Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath"

    William T. Vollmann's "The Ice Shirt"

    John Updike's "Rabbit, Run"

    Leon Uris' "Battle Cry"

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  • 10 months ago

    Catcher in the rye? To Kill a mockingbird?

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  • 10 months ago

    Ask a librarian.

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    The best recent and classic American literature for starters might include Tom Wolfe's "The Bonfire of the Vanities," Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" and also his "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Willa Cather's "My Antonia," and Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five."

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  • 10 months ago

    Catch - 22.

    Depends who you are, how old, male or female and so on. For women anywhere from 20 upwards I would always recommend Anne Tyler.

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  • Mark
    Lv 5
    10 months ago

    Classics you can easily look up - Best of type lists - but for my money, lesser known authors are just as good at hitting the zeitgest of a Mark Twain. For instance, Tobias Wolff.

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  • 10 months ago

    Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Life On The Mississippi By Mark Twain

    Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck

    Catcher in the Rye By JD Salinger

    The World According to Garp John Irving

    In order of time

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