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					                                               The Book List
This book list is provided to aid you in the selection of a reading book. Your selection must be at the adult reading level (S.E.
Hinton books are a thing of the past!). This assignment is intended to challenge you. The books on this list are the only ones I
have approved to earn credit for book reports. This is quite an extensive list and if you take the time to look through it, I am
confident that you will find something you will be interested in. Because of the mature themes in many of these books, you must
discuss your book choice with your parents and be sure that they approve of your selection. Sorry, but books on this list that are
or have been required reading in other English classes will also not receive credit. You may read additional works by any author
listed here, even if the title does not appear here.


Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio (small-town life in the U.S. at the dawn of the 20th century)

Austen: Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility

Bronte Sisters: Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre

Camus: The Stranger, The Plague

Cather: My Antonia

Chaucer: Canterbury Tales

Chopin: The Awakening

Conrad: Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness

Crane: The Red Badge of Courage (young soldier in the Civil War; you might like it if you enjoyed All Quiet…)

Dickens: Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Pickwick Papers

Dostoyevsky: Crime & Punishment (intense psychological study of a violent criminal), The Brothers Karamzov

Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Dumas: Count of Monte Cristo, Three Musketeers

Eliot: The Mill on The Floss, Middlemarch, Silas Marner

Faulkner: As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

Flaubert: Madam Bovary

Hardy: Return of the Native, Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Old Man & the Sea, The Sun Also Rises

Hugo: Les Miserables
Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Huxley: Brave New World

James: The Portrait of a Lady, Daisy Miller, The Europeans

Joyce: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses (a real challenge!)

Kafka: Metamorphosis, The Penal Colony, A Hunger Artist

Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

London: Call of the Wild

Melville: Billy Budd

Miller: Crucible, Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, Incident at Vichy

Malory: Le Mort D’Arthur (authoritative Arthurian legend)

Orwell: Animal Farm, 1984

Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago

Paton: Cry the Beloved Country

Poe: Short Stories

Salinger: Catcher in the Rye

Shelly: Frankenstein

Scott: Ivanhoe

Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath, Travels with Charley , Tortilla Flats

Thoreau: Walden

Tolstoy: Anna Karenina

Twain: Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer

Wells: War of the Worlds, The Time Machine

Wilder: Our Town

Williams: Streetcar Named Desire, Glass Menagerie

                                             MODERN CLASSICS

Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale (explores the connections between politics, reproduction, and gender in the future)
Burgess: A Clockwork Orange

Capote: In Cold Blood

Greene: The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The End of the Affair

Heller: Catch 22 (if you like M.A.S.H. you might like this one)

Kantor: Andersonville (notorious Civil War prison)

Kerouac: On the Road, The Dharma Bums

Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion

Knowles: A Separate Peace

Mitchell: Gone with the Wind

Pynchon: The Crying of Lot 49 (satire about worldwide conspiracy)

Read: Alive (survival of soccer team that crashed in Andes)

Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Trumbo: Johnny Got his Gun

Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle

Wouk: The Caine Mutiny

                               BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Anderson: Jack and Jackie (current bio of the Kennedys)

Camus: The First Man (early days in Algeria and Paris)

David & Davis: Hammer of the Gods (Led Zeppelin Biography)

Feynman: You Must be Joking, Mr. Feynman

Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (new edition, added material)

Franklin: Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Graham: Dove (teenager sails around the world)

Gunther: Death be Not Proud (story of his teenage son’s illness)

Hays: My Old Man and the Sea (dad & son sail around world)

Herriott: All Creatures Great and Small Series (rural veterinarian)
Hopkins/Singerman:No One Gets Out of Here Alive (Biography of The Doors)

Kaysen: Girl Interrupted (teenager who describes her year in an institution)

King: On Writing (Stephen King’s memoirs after a near-death car accident)

Kirkland: Dancing on My Grave (ballerina)

Lawrence: Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Lunda: Eric (a young man’s illness)

McCourt: Angela's Ashes (English teacher's memoir of growing up in Ireland), ‘Tis (the sequel)

Nisenson: Ascension (biog. of John Coltrane)

Norman: Shout! A History of the Beatles

Piccolo: A Short Season (movie was "Brian’s Song")

Plath: The Bell Jar (story of a young girl who wins a wiritng contest and gets to move to New York City)

Roberts: The Man Who Listened to Horses

TenBoom: The Hiding Place (Dutch woman who hid Jews during W.W.II)

Terkel: Working (people talking about their jobs)

Valens: Other Side of the Mountain (female skier)

White: Catch the Fire (bio of Bob Marley)

Winchester: The Professor and the Madman (the making of the Oxford English Dictionary)

                                        HISTORICAL/ POLITICAL

Alperovitz: Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

Ambrose: Citizen Soldiers (invasion of Normandy etc.), D-Day (same topic)

Bishop: The Day Lincoln was Shot

Bugliosi: Outrage (reflections on OJ trial)

Burdick & Lederer: The Ugly American (Satirical critique of U.S. policy in South-East Asia during the ‘60s.)

Cable: The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad

Caputo: Rumor of War (Vietnam War novel)

Fallaci: Interviews with History (feisty female journalist interviews famous leaders)
Fuller: The Day we Bombed Utah (radiation accident)

Harr: A Civil Action (a town sues an industrial polluter)

Herr: Dispatches (Vietnam)

Kovic: Born on the Fourth of July (U.S.Vietnam War vet’s memoir)

Lifton & Mitchell: Hiroshima in America

McCullough: Truman (new biog.)

Moorehead: Lost and Found (archeology- discovery of Troy)

O'Brien: Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried (both Vietnam stories)

Pipher: Reviving Ophelia (psychology, being young & female in the 90s and dealing with expectations of perfection)

Scheer: Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death (essays by L.A. Times journalist)

Shaara: Killer Angels (about the Civil War)

Shilts: And the Band Played On (history of AIDS in America)

Shirer: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Shute: On the Beach (aftermath of nuclear war)

Takaki: Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Bomb

Tolstikov: Gold of Troy (archeology- discovery of Troy)

Woodward & Bernstein: All the Presidents' Men (the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal)

                                                     Humor/ Light

Abbey: The Monkey Wrench Gang

Adams: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Allen: Side Effects

Toole: Confederacy of Dunces

Wibberly: The Mouse that Roared

                           MYSTERIES & HORROR/ WESTERNS

Bierce: Ghost & Horror Stories
Christie: Ten Little Indians/ And Then There Were None (same book), Murder on the Orient Express

Clancy: Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, Patriots Game, Raise the Titanic

Clark: A Cry in the Night, While My Pretty One Sleeps

Cook: Shock, Year of the Intern, Sphinx

Follet: The Hammer of Eden, Eye of the Needle, Night Over Water, Pillars of Earth

Forsyth: The Odessa File (spys, intrigue, etc.)

Hillerman: anything (Native American detective in southwest)

King: It, Pet Cemetery, The Tommyknockers, Carrie, Cujo, Christine, Misery

Koontz: Twilight Eyes, Watchers, False Memory, Seize the Night (Koontz resides in OC; you may recognize the setting)

L'Amour: Sackett series, Beyond the Great Snow Mountains

Ludlum: Hades Factor, Bourne Identity, Matarese Countdown, Scorpio Illusion

McCarthy: The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain

McMurtry: Lonesome Dove

Stoker: Dracula

                                   SCIENCE FICTION/ FANTASY

Abbot: Flatland

Anthony: A Spell for Chameleon

Asimov: Foundation books

Barker: Weave World

Benford: (UCI professor) Timescape, Art of the Comet

Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451, Martian Chronicles

Card: Enders Game, Xenocide, Treasure Box

Clark: Songs from Distant Earth, 2001, 2010, 2063

Cook: Conia

Crichton: Andromeda Strain, Congo

Frank: Alas Babylon
Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land

Herbert: The Dune series

Kidder: Soul of a New Machine

LeGuin: Lathe of Heaven

Robinson: The Wild Shore, Blue Mars

Stewart: Earth Abides (supposed to be VERY good...)

Tolkien: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

White: The Once and Future King, The Book of Merlin (Arthurian Legend with a side of anti-fascism)

                           SCIENCE, MATH, & ENVIRONMENTAL

Aczel: Fermat's Last Theorem (amazing story of a math problem)

Eisely: Immense Journey, Darwin’s Century

Hawking: A Brief History of Time

Masson: When Elephants Weep (emotional lives of animals)

Mowat: A Whale for the Killing, Never Cry Wolf

Schacter: Searching for Memory (about human brain & memory)

Thomas: Lives of a Cell, Late Night Thoughts While Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony

                                            SPORTS/ OUTDOORS

Aaron/ Wheeler: If I Were a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story

Bissinger: Friday Night Lights (football)

Boswell: How Life Imitates the World Series

Boukreev: The Climb

Bouton: Ball Four (baseball)

Hemingway: Death in the Afternoon (bullfighting)

Jabbar: Giant Steps (Kareem’s autobiography)

Junger: The Perfect Storm (fishing boat tragedy in Atlantic Ocean)
Kahn: Boys of Summer (baseball)

Kinsella: Shoeless Joe

Krakauer: Into Thin Air (recent fatal Everest expedition), Into the Wild (young man's tragic wilderness experience)

Malamud: The Natural (baseball), A New Life

Moceanu: Dominique Moceanu, An American Champion (gymnast)

Plimpton: Open Net (hockey), Paper Lion (football), Homerun

Salassi: On the Ropes (wrestling)

Sayre: I Am Third (pro football, "Brian’s Song" based on this story)

Voight: The Runner (track)


Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Heart of a Woman

Baldwin: Go Tell it on the Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, Another Country

Childress: A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich, Rainbow Jordon

Griffin: Black Like Me

Haley: Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots

Morrison: Song of Solomon, Beloved, Paradise, Tar Baby, The Bluest Eye, Sula

Reed: Mumbo Jumbo ("satirical, racy, and uproarious commentary on our society")

Walker: The Color Purple, Meridian

Wright: Native Son, Black Boy


Allende: House of the Spirits (Chilean)

Alvarez: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, In the Time of the Butterflies

Cisneros: Woman Hollering Creek, House on Mango Street

Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate
Fuentes: The Old Gringo

Garcia: Dreaming in Cuban, The Aguero Sisters

Marquez: 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth

Rodriquez: Hunger of Memory (Chicano male deals with two cultures)

Saramago: Blindness (Nobel Prize-winning author)

Thornton: Imagining Argentina


Butler: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (short stories about Vietnamese characters)

Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha

Guterson: Snow Falling on Cedars (deals partially with Japanese internment)

Hayslip: Heaven and Earth (a Vietnamese woman’s story)

Hwang, Sun-won: The Book of Masks (South Korean explores the theme of artificial division)

Jen: Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land

Kang: Home Was the Land of the Morning Calm

Karlin: The Other Side of Heaven (postwar fiction about Vietnam)

Kingston: The Woman Warrior (Chinese generational story)

Lee: China Boy (story of growing up in 1950s San Francisco)

Levine: In Search of Sugihara (the Japanese "Schindler" who saved Jews)

Liu: The Accidental Asia, Notes of a Native Speaker

Mah: The Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter (rumor has it that this author now lives in H.B.)

Mori: Shizuko’s Daughter

See: On Gold Mountain (bi-racial Chinese/Caucasian family history)

Tan, Amy: The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife

Thu Hng Dng: Novel Without a Name (North Vietnamese army officer’s story)

Waston: Farewell to Mazanar (Japanese internment camps)

Yoshimoto: Kitchen
Swain: River of Time (Journalist working in Vietnam and Cambodia)

Uchida: Picture Bride

Vietnam: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (anthology of Vietnamese writers)


Appleman-Jurman: Alicia: My Story (Polish female survivor of WWII; spoke at FVHS)

Fast: The Immigrants

Fink: A Scrap of Time (short stories of pre-Holocaust Poland)

Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (new edition)

Kaplan: Scroll of Agony (about the Warsaw ghetto)

Keneally: Schindler’s List

Linenthal: Preserving Memory (problems trying to create the Holocaust Museum)

Potok: The Chosen (set in 1940s Brooklyn, the story of two Jewish friends from diverse backgrounds) The Promise

Singer: The Family of Moskat, The Magician of Lubin…

Uris: Mila 18 (deals with the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto)

Wiesel: Night

Native American

Alexie: Lone Ranger & Tanto Fistfight in Heaven (life on a Spokane area reservation), Reservation Blues

Berger: Little Big Man

Craven: I Heard the Owl Call My Name (young English missionary to Kwakiutl people in Canada)

DeLoria: Custer Died for Your Sins (contemporary Native American discusses U.S. Culture)

Erdich: Love Medicine, The Best Queen (contemporary female author)

Momaday: House Made of Dawn, Way to Rainy Mountain

Niehardt: Black Elk Speaks

Steiner: The New Indian


Mukherjee: Jasmine, The Middleman and Other Stories
Roy: The God of Small Things


Filipovic: Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo

Gruwell: The Freedom Writers Diary (students from Wilson H.S. use writing to break through cultural barriers.)

                                         CONTEMPORARY BOOKS

Anonymous: Go Ask Alice, Primary Colors

Albom: Tuesdays with Morrie

Andrews: Flowers in the Attic, Melody

Auel: Clan of the Cave Bear series

Bauby: The Diving Bell & the Butterfly (written by a stroke victim)

Beagle: The Last Unicorn

Berendt: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Binchy: Tara Road, Circle of Friends

Chevalier: Girl with a Pearl Earring

Clavell: Shogun

Cormier: The Chocolate War (a high school student battles with the ruling powers of his school)

Coupland: Generation X (the book that named Gen X), Shampoo Planet, Polaroids from the Dead (memoirs)

Cunningham: The Hours

Didion: The White Album

Ellis: Less than Zero

Fitch: White Oleander

Fowles: The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Frazier: Cold Mountain (Civil War Novel)

Fulghum: Uh-Oh, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Gaarder: Sophie’s World (Alice in Wonderland meets The History of Philosophy)

Gaines: A Lesson Before Dying
Grisham: Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Partner, Runaway Jury

Guest: Ordinary People (deals with teen suicide and family relationships)

Hornbacher: Wasted (story by an anorexic girl)

Irving: The World According to Garp, Watermethod Man, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules

Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven

Lamb: She’s Come Undone

Letts: Where the Heart Is, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon

Lindsey: Falcon and the Snowman

McInerney: Bright Lights, Big City

McLean: A River Runs Through It, Young Men & Fire

Michener: Space, The World Is My Home

Nun: Tapping the Source (set in H.B.), Pomona Queen

Ondaatje: The English Patient

Parker: Laguan Heat, Little Saigon

Pelzer: A Child Called "It" series (deals with severe child abuse)

Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Raucher: Summer of ‘42

Rice: Merrick, Vampite Lestat series, Servant of the Bones

Skoyles: Generous Strangers, The Smoky Mountain Cage Bird Society (2 titles, same book of short stories by a Ms. W relative!)

Sparks: The Notebook, Message in a Bottle

Spiegelman: Maus 1, Maus 2 (Pulitzer Prize-winning story Holocaust done in cartoons)

Steele: Family Album, The Ring, Changes, Star

Tartt: The Secret Diaries

Turow: Personal Injuries, One L: The Turbulent Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School

Updike: Gertrude & Claudius (Hamlet prequel), The Witches of Eastwick

Wambaugh: The Onion Field, The Choirboys, The New Centurions (ex-LAPD novelist)
Waller: Bridges of Madison County

Wells: Little Altars Everywhere, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Wolfe: The Right Stuff, Bonfire of the Vanities

Special thanks to Ms. Winkle.

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