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The Jungle

by Sinclair, Upton

Back cover: Upton Sinclair's unflinching chronicle of crushing poverty and oppression set in Chicago in the early 1900s.

The Joy Luck Club

by Tan, Amy

In 1949 four Chinese women, drawn together by the shadow of their past, begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and tell stories.

The Iliad

by Lang, Andrew and Homer and Leaf, Walter and Myers, Ernest

Homer's great epic poem.

The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan #3)

by Clancy, Tom

The officers aboard a new Soviet ballistic-missile submarine are attempting to defect. If the U.S. fleet can locate the sub and get her safely to port, it will be the intelligence coup of all time.

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

by Mccullers, Carson

With the publication of her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation.

The Great Gatsby

by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S.

The Good Earth

by Buck, Pearl S.

Story by the Nobel Prize winning author about an honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan in pre-revolutionary China.

The Fountainhead

by Rand, Ayn

When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim.

The Elements of Style (3rd edition)

by White, E. B. and Strunk Jr., William

An American classic on pithy writing and perfect grammar.

The Deerslayer

by Cooper, James Fenimore

See long synopsis.

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Dumas, Alexandre

From the back cover: Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life tale of wrongful imprisonment was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

The Comedy of Errors

by Shakespeare, William

Book Description The shortest and probably earliest of Shakespeare's comedies, The Comedy of Errors is the story of identical twin brothers who are raised apart-and then mistaken for each other.

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

by Mcbride, James

"A uniquely American coming of age. Ruth McBride Jordan's anecdotes are richly detailed, her voice clear and engaging. And she has a story worth telling." - The Miami Herald

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

The Pulitzer Prize winning book by Alice Walker that was made into a movie.

The Catcher in the Rye

by Salinger, J. D.

Holden Caulfield, a native New Yorker, is expelled from his Pennsylvania prep school. He travels back to his family's New York apartment, but spends time underground in the city before returning there. This is a classic coming of age story of an angst-ridden youngster, misunderstood by the adults around him.

The Call of the Wild

by London, Jack

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

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Wilder, Thornton

The breaking of a bridge causes the death of five people. Brother Juniper investigates their past lives to shed light on the reasons of their deaths.

The Bell Jar

by Plath, Sylvia

Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanityEsther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under--maybe for the last time.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Twain, Mark

Mark Twain's sequel to Adventures of Tom Sawyer. A modern masterpiece of American fiction.


by Kipling, Rudyard

It is the tale of an orphaned sahib and the burdensome fate that awaits him when he is unwittingly dragged into the Great Game of Imperialism.

Julius Caesar

by Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of conspiracy and betrayal tells the story of the murder of Julius Caesar and the gruesome aftermath as Rome descends into a violent mob.

Jude the Obscure

by Hardy, Thomas

Book Description Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Verne, Jules

A team of explorers makes an expedition into a crater in Iceland that leads to the center of the earth and to incredible and horrifying discoveries.

Johnny Tremain

by Forbes, Esther

This historical novel relates the experiences of Johnny Tremain, a young teenager living in Boston between 1773 and 1776, and his involvement in the historic events taking place at that time.

Jane Eyre

by Brontë, Charlotte

"Come to me-come to me entirely now," said he. "Make my happiness--I will make yours." Born into a poor family and raised by an oppressive aunt, young Jane Eyre becomes the governess at Thornfield Manor to escape the confines of her life.

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