Special Collections

Big Read

Description: Spark conversation and provoke thought with this diverse list of acclaimed fiction and non-fiction. The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts aimed at bringing reading back to the heart of American culture.


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The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

At the heart of the story are three people whose entangled lives are deeply affected by the tyrannical and rigid requirements of high society. Newland Archer, a restrained young attorney, is engaged to the lovely May Welland but falls in love with May's beautiful and unconventional cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska. Despite his fear of a dull marriage to May, Archer goes through with the ceremony -- persuaded by his own sense of honor, family, and societal pressures.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


My Antonia

by Willa Cather

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's classic story of a young boy's life in a small town on the Mississippi River.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Washington Square

by Henry James

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Gilead

by Marilynne Robinson

Date Added: 06/12/2017


Housekeeping

by Marilynne Robinson

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

London's classic tale about a dog's adventures in the North.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

Well introduced collection.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


This Boy's Life

by Tobias Wolff

Autobiography of Wolff as a boy, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling. His experiences are poignant and comical, frustrating and joyful, through his adolescence.

Date Added: 06/12/2017


The Shawl

by Cynthia Ozick

Two stories: In "The Shawl," a woman watches a concentration camp guard murder her daughter. In "Rosa", that same woman appears thirty years later, "a madwoman and a scavenger" in a Miami hotel.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Thief and the Dogs

by Naguib Mahfouz

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge for the treachery of his beloved wife, his trusted henchman, and his mentor.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories

by Jorge F. Hernández

An anthology of short stories by writers such as Paz, Fuentes, Rulfo, Castellanos, Reyes, Arreola, Pacheco, Elizondo, Revueltas, Garro and more. Published expressly for The Big Read.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Into the Beautiful North

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town.

Date Added: 06/12/2017


To Live

by Yu Hua

An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade’s ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of

Date Added: 06/12/2017


In the Time of the Butterflies

by Julia Alvarez

Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republica in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story of the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Selected Poems

by Robinson Jeffers

The poems in this volume have been selected from Robinson Jeffers' major works, among them Be Angry at the Sun, Hungerfield, The Double Axe, The Beginning and the End, and Roan Stallion, and Tamar and Other Poems.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


When the Emperor Was Divine

by Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen.

Date Added: 06/12/2017


Brother, I'm Dying

by Edwidge Danticat

From the best-selling author of "The Dew Breaker," a major work of nonfiction: a powerfully moving family story that centers around the men closest to her heart--her father, Mira, and his older brother, Joseph.

Date Added: 06/12/2017


A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson is an unwitting party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed. The only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Old School

by Tobias Wolff

The author of the genre-defining memoir" This Boy's Life, the PEN/Faulkner Award'winning novella "The Barracks Thief, and short stories acclaimed as modern classics, Tobias Wolff now gives us his first novel.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Zeitoun

by Dave Eggers

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

Date Added: 05/25/2017



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