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.
- SpikeLv 710 months agoFavorite Answer
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
- oliviaLv 510 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.
- Anonymous10 months ago
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
- AndrewLv 710 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"
- How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
- 10 months ago
Catcher in the rye? To Kill a mockingbird?
- 10 months ago
Ask a librarian.
- j153eLv 710 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."
- bluebellbkkLv 710 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.
- MarkLv 510 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.
- 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