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2001: A Space Odyssey

By: Arthur C. Clarke



By: John Updike

Across Five Aprils

By: Irene Hunt


By: Aeschylus

Alas, Babylon

By: Pat Frank

The Alchemist

By: Paulo Coelho

All But My Life

By: Gerda Weissmann Klein

All the King's Men

By: Robert Penn Warren

All the Light We Cannot See

By: Anthony Doerr

All the Pretty Horses

By: Cormac McCarthy


By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

American Dream

By: Edward Albee

Angels in America

By: Tony Kushner

Anna Karenina

By: Leo Tolstoy

Anne of Green Gables

By: L. M. Montgomery

Annie John

By: Jamaica Kincaid


By: Ayn Rand


By: Jean Anouilh


By: Tom Stoppard

Arms and the Man

By: George Bernard Shaw


By: Sinclair Lewis

The Assistant

By: Bernard Malamud

Atlas Shrugged

By: Ayn Rand

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By: Malcolm X & Alex Haley


The Caine Mutiny

By: Herman Wouk

The Canterbury Tales

By: Geoffrey Chaucer


By: Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye

By: J. D. Salinger


By: Raymond Carver

Cat's Cradle

By: Kurt Vonnegut


By: Leslie Marmon Silko

The Chairs

By: Eugène Ionesco

Changes: A Love Story

By: Ama Ata Aidoo

Chekhov Stories

By: Anton Chekhov

The Cherry Orchard

By: Anton Chekhov

Childhood's End

By: Arthur C. Clarke

Child of the Dark

By: Carolina Maria de Jesus

The Chocolate War

By: Robert Cormier

The Chosen

By: Chaim Potok


By: Samuel Richardson

A Clash of Kings

By: George R. R. Martin

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

By: Ernest Hemingway

Cloud 9

By: Caryl Churchill

Cold Mountain

By: Charles Frazier

Cold Sassy Tree

By: Olive Anne Burns

The Color of Water

By: James McBride

Common Sense

By: Thomas Paine

The Contender

By: Robert Lipsyte

Continuity of Parks

By: Julio Cortázar

The Count of Monte Cristo

By: Alexandre Dumas

Crime and Punishment

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Crying of Lot 49

By: Thomas Pynchon

Cyrano de Bergerac

By: Edmond Rostand


Dangerous Liaisons

By: Pierre Ambroise Laclos

The Da Vinci Code

By: Dan Brown

A Day No Pigs Would Die

By: Robert Newton Peck

The Day of the Locust

By: Nathanael West

Dead Man Walking

By: Sister Helen Prejean

Death Be Not Proud

By: John Gunther

A Death in the Family

By: James Agee

A Death in the Woods

By: Sherwood Anderson

Death in Venice

By: Thomas Mann

The Death of Ivan Ilych

By: Leo Tolstoy

Diary of a Young Girl

By: Anne Frank

Dicey's Song

By: Cynthia Voigt

Distant View of a Minaret

By: Alifa Rifaat


By: Veronica Roth

Doctor Faustus

By: Christopher Marlowe


By: Bram Stoker

Dr. Zhivago

By: Boris Pasternak

The Dumb Waiter

By: Harold Pinter


By: Frank Herbert


Fallen Angels

By: Walter Dean Myers

A Farewell to Arms

By: Ernest Hemingway

Farewell to Manzanar

By: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

The Fellowship of the Ring

By: J. R. R. Tolkien


By: August Wilson

The Flies

By: Jean-Paul Sartre

Fool For Love

By: Sam Shepard

For Whom the Bell Tolls

By: Ernest Hemingway

The Fountainhead

By: Ayn Rand

Franny and Zooey

By: J. D. Salinger


A Game of Thrones

By: George R. R. Martin

Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings

By: George R. R. Martin

Game of Thrones: A Storm of Swords

By: George R. R. Martin

A Gathering of Old Men

By: Ernest J. Gaines

A Gesture Life

By: Chang-rae Lee

Giants in the Earth

By: O. E. Rölvaag


By: Anonymous


By: Jamaica Kincaid

Girl, Interrupted

By: Susanna Kaysen

The Giver

By: Lois Lowry

The Glass Castle

By: Jeannette Walls

Glengarry Glen Ross

By: David Mamet

Go Ask Alice

By: Anonymous

Gone with the Wind

By: Margaret Mitchell

The Good Earth

By: Pearl S. Buck

A Good Man Is Hard to Find

By: Flannery O’Connor

The Good Soldier

By: Ford Madox Ford

Go Tell it on the Mountain

By: James Baldwin

The Great Gatsby

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald


Harrison Bergeron

By: Kurt Vonnegut


By: Gary Paulsen

The Hate U Give

By: Angie Thomas

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

By: Carson McCullers


By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman


By: Saul Bellow

Hills Like White Elephants

By: Ernest Hemingway


By: John Hersey

His Dark Materials

By: Philip Pullman

The Hobbit

By: J. R. R. Tolkien


By: Cynthia Voigt

The Hours

By: Michael Cunningham

House Made of Dawn

By: N. Scott Momaday

The House of the Spirits

By: Isabel Allende

Howards End

By: E. M. Forster

A Hunger Artist

By: Franz Kafka


I Am the Cheese

By: Robert Cormier

The Iceman Cometh

By: Eugene O'Neill

The Idiot

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky


By: Dante Alighieri

Inherit the Wind

By: Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee

Interpreter of Maladies

By: Jhumpa Lahiri

In Our Time

By: Ernest Hemingway

An Inspector Calls

By: J. B. Priestley

Into the Wild

By: Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air

By: Jon Krakauer

Iola Leroy

By: Frances Harper

I, Rigoberta Menchu

By: Rigoberta Menchu

I Stand Here Ironing

By: Tillie Olsen


By: Sir Walter Scott


Jane Eyre

By: Charlotte Brontë

The Jew of Malta

By: Christopher Marlowe

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

By: Katherine Ann Porter

Johnny Got His Gun

By: Dalton Trumbo

Johnny Tremain

By: Esther Forbes

Journey into the Whirlwind

By: Eugenia Ginzburg

The Joys of Motherhood

By: Buchi Emecheta

The Jungle

By: Upton Sinclair

Jurassic Park

By: Michael Crichton


Madame Bovary

By: Gustave Flaubert

The Maids

By: Jean Genet

Main Street

By: Sinclair Lewis

Major Barbara

By: George Bernard Shaw

A Man for All Seasons

By: Robert Bolt

The Man Who Was Almost a Man

By: Richard Wright

A Medieval Life

By: Judith Bennett

The Member of the Wedding

By: Carson McCullers

The Metamorphosis

By: Franz Kafka

Midnight's Children

By: Salman Rushdie


By: Jon Krakauer

A Midwife’s Tale

By: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A Million Little Pieces

By: James Frey

The Misanthrope

By: Molière

Miss Julie

By: August Strindberg

Miss Lonelyhearts

By: Nathanael West

Moll Flanders

By: Daniel Defoe

The Monkey’s Paw

By: W. W. Jacobs

The Moonstone

By: Wilkie Collins

The Most Dangerous Game

By: Richard Connell

Mother Courage

By: Bertolt Brecht

Mourning Becomes Electra

By: Eugene O'Neill

My Ántonia

By: Willa Cather

My Brother Sam is Dead

By: Christopher Collier & James Lincoln Collier

My Name is Asher Lev

By: Chaim Potok

My Sister’s Keeper

By: Jodi Picoult


By: Edith Hamilton


The Namesake

By: Jhumpa Lahiri

Native Son

By: Richard Wright

The Natural

By: Bernard Malamud


By: Jean-Paul Sartre

The Necklace

By: Guy de Maupassant

Nectar in a Sieve

By: Kamala Markandaya

Nervous Conditions

By: Tsitsi Dangarembga

Never Let Me Go

By: Kazuo Ishiguro

No Exit

By: Jean-Paul Sartre

Notes from Underground

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Number the Stars

By: Lois Lowry


The Quiet American

By: Graham Greene


The Screwtape Letters

By: C. S. Lewis

The Seagull

By: Anton Chekhov

The Second Sex

By: Simone de Beauvoir

The Secret Garden

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Life of Bees

By: Sue Monk Kidd

Seize the Day

By: Saul Bellow

Sentimental Education

By: Gustave Flaubert

A Separate Peace

By: John Knowles


By: Suzanne Fisher Staples


By: Jack Schaefer


By: Bobbie Ann Mason

The Shipping News

By: E. Annie Proulx

Sister Carrie

By: Theodore Dreiser


By: Kurt Vonnegut

A Small Place

By: Jamaica Kincaid

Snow Falling on Cedars

By: David Guterson

Song of Roland

By: Anonymous

Sonny’s Blues

By: James Baldwin

Sons and Lovers

By: D.H. Lawrence

Sophie's World

By: Jostein Gaarder


By: William Armstrong

Spanish Tragedy

By: Thomas Kyd

A Storm of Swords

By: George R. R. Martin

The Stranger

By: Albert Camus

Stranger in a Strange Land

By: Robert A. Heinlein

The Sun Also Rises

By: Ernest Hemingway

Super-Frog Saves Tokyo

By: Haruki Murakami

Swann's Way

By: Marcel Proust

The Swimmer

By: John Cheever


Walden Two

By: B. F. Skinner

Walk Two Moons

By: Sharon Creech

War and Peace

By: Leo Tolstoy

Warriors Don’t Cry

By: Melba Patillo Beals

Watership Down

By: Richard Adams

When the Legends Die

By: Hal Borland

Where the Red Fern Grows

By: Wilson Rawls

White Noise

By: Don DeLillo

Why I Live at the P.O.

By: Eudora Welty

Wide Sargasso Sea

By: Jean Rhys

Winesburg, Ohio

By: Sherwood Anderson

Winter Dreams

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Woman at Point Zero

By: Nawal El Saadawi

The Woman Warrior

By: Maxine Hong Kingston

The Women of Brewster Place

By: Gloria Naylor

A Wrinkle in Time

By: Madeleine L'Engle

Wuthering Heights

By: Emily Brontë