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“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
It is set in Alabama in the 1930s and is told from a child's viewpoint. The story deals with race, outcasts and growing up. It is a quick, well-written book that is easy to enjoy.
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
It is a sensual novel about an African-American woman in rural Florida that was first published in 1937. While it is an important telling of the black experience, it is also a story of love and strength with a voice that will draw you in and hook you.
“1984” by George Orwell
It is a gripping, terrifying and suspenseful novel that is as relevant today as when it was first written. This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read.
“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
It is funny, clever and will help you better understand a lot of cultural references.
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
It is a short book about the American dream with great characters and descriptions of life (for the wealthy) in the 1920s.
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
Read the book that has inspired countless other books, movies and TV shows. Dracula is written through letters and diary entries, and will make you feel like an intimate pla
“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo
It is a great book. This is a must read story of love, redemption and revolution.
“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck
It is the story of a family during the Great Depression, but the descriptions and symbolic imagery tell a much bigger tale. This is definitely a classic in American literature.
“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian
It is a collection of short stories that creates a bigger story. O'Brien writes about the Vietnam War and how it affected a group of soldiers. The writing is excellent, and the book is powerful.
“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving
This is a great works of contemporary literature. You will not be sorry if you add it to your reading list.