Neil Low: Pick a Book

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pick a Book

Here is the book list for my 9th grader's literature class. She must read at least one book from this list. Help her choose. Comment with your favorite(s) and why she should read it.

I know--so many books, so little time.


The * indicates books that are considered more easily accessible

*Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Age of Innocence
Alias Grace
All the Pretty Horses
The American
Angel of Repose
Anna Karenina
As I Lay Dying
As You Like It
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
*The Awakening
Bleak House
Billy Budd
*Bless Me, Ultima
The Blind Assassin
*The Bluest Eye (note—adult themes)
The Bonesetter’s Daughter
The Cat’s Eye
*The Color Purple
Crime and Punishment
*The Crucible
*Cry, the Beloved Country
David Copperfield
*Death of a Salesman
*Dr. Zhivago
*East of Eden
*An Enemy of the People
*Ethan Frome
*A Farewell to Arms
Fifth Business
The Fixer
For Whom the Bell Tolls
A Gathering of Old Men
A Gesture Life
The Glass Menagerie
Go Tell It On the Mountain
The God of Small Things
*The Grapes of Wrath
*Great Expectations
The House of Mirth
Invisible Man
*Jane Eyre
Jude the Obscure
King Lear
*A Lesson Before Dying
Little Foxes
Long Day’s Journey into Night
Lord Jim
Madame Bovary
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Merchant of Venice
*The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
The Moor’s Last Sigh
Mrs. Dalloway
Murder in the Cathedral
My Antonia
*The Namesake
Native Son
Native Speaker
No Country for Old Men
*One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch
Out of Africa
A Passage to India
The Piano Lesson
The Plague
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The Portrait of a Lady
*A Prayer for Owen Meany
Reservation Blues
*The Road (very dark and without hope)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
The Scarlet Letter
Set This House on Fire
Sister Carrie
Sister of My Heart
*Snow Falling on Cedars
*The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
*The Stranger
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Sun Also Rises
A Tale of Two Cities
The Tempest
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Their Eyes Were Watching God
*A Thousand Acres
*A Thousand Splendid Suns
*To Kill a Mockingbird
The Trial
Typical American
Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?
Wide Sargasso Sea
Wise Blood
The Women of Brewster Place
Wuthering Heights


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