Mrs. HASH                         AVID*American Literature*English Language Arts 












This page will house a list of books we will be using in the class, as well as recommended reading.  

This is a list of books recommended for American Literature

American Literature Recommended Reading


Agee, James

A Death in the Family

Story of loss and heartbreak felt when a young father dies.  


Baldwin, James

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Semi-autobiographical novel about a 14-year-old black youth's religious conversion.


Bellamy, Edward

Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Written in 1887 about a young man who travels in time to a utopian year 2000, where economic security and a healthy moral environment have reduced crime.


Bellow, Saul

Seize the Day

A son grapples with his love and hate for an unworthy father.


Bradbury, Ray

Fahrenheit 451

Reading is a crime and firemen burn books in this futuristic society.


Cather, Willa

My Antonia

Immigrant pioneers strive to adapt to the Nebraska prairies.


Chopin, Kate

The Awakening

The story of a New Orleans woman who abandons her husband and children to search for love and self-understanding.


Clark, Walter Van Tilburg

The Ox-Bow Incident

When a group of citizens discovers one of their members has been murdered by cattle rustlers, they form an illegal posse, pursue the murderers, and lynch them.


Cormier, Robert

The Chocolate War

Jerry Renault challenges the power structure of his school when he refuses to sell chocolates for the annual fundraiser.


Crane, Stephen

The Red Badge of Courage

During the Civil War, Henry Fleming joins the army full of romantic visions of battle which are shattered by combat.

Dorris, Michael

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Three generations of Native American women recount their searches for identity and love.


Ellison, Ralph

Invisible Man

A black man's search for himself as an individual and as a member of his race and his society.


Faulkner, William

As I Lay Dying

The Bundren family takes the ripening corpse of Addie, wife and mother, on a gruesomely comic journey.


Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby

A young man corrupts himself and the American Dream to regain a lost love.


Gaines, Ernest

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

In her 100 years, Miss Jane Pittman experiences it all, from slavery to the civil rights movement.


Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter

An adulterous Puritan woman keeps secret the identity of the father of her illegitimate child.


Heller, Joseph


A broad comedy about a WWII bombardier based in Italy and his efforts to avoid bombing missions.


Hemingway, Ernest

A Farewell to Arms

During World War I, an American lieutenant runs away with the woman who nurses him back to health.


Hurston, Zora Neale

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie repudiates many roles in her quest for self-fulfillment.


Kesey, Ken

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A novel about a power struggle between the head nurse and one of the male patients in a mental institution.


Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

At great peril to himself and his children, lawyer Atticus Finch defends an African-American man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town.


Lewis, Sinclair

Main Street

A young doctor's wife tries to change the ugliness, dullness and ignorance which prevail in Gopher Prairie, Minn.


London, Jack

Call of the Wild

Buck is a loyal pet dog until cruel men make him a pawn in their search for Klondike gold.


McCullers, Carson

The Member of the Wedding

A young southern girl is determined to be the third party on a honeymoon, despite all the advice against it from friends and family.


Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

A complex novel about a mad sea captain's pursuit of the White Whale.


Morrison, Toni


The lifelong friendship of two women becomes strained when one causes the other's husband to abandon her.


O'Connor, Flannery

A Good Man is Hard to Find

Social awareness, the grotesque, and the need for faith characterize these stories of the contemporary South.


Parks, Gordon

The Learning Tree

A fictional study of a black family in a small Kansas town in the 1920s.


Plath, Sylvia

The Bell Jar

The heartbreaking story of a talented young woman's descent into madness.


Potok, Chaim

The Chosen

Friendship between two Jewish boys, one Hasidic and the other Orthodox, begins at a baseball game and flourishes despite their different backgrounds and beliefs.


Salinger, J.D.

The Catcher in the Rye

A prep school dropout rejects the "phoniness" he sees all about him.


Sinclair, Upton

The Jungle

The deplorable conditions of the Chicago stockyards are exposed in this turn-of-the-century novel.


Steinbeck, John

The Grapes of Wrath

The desperate flight of tenant farmers from Oklahoma during the Depression.


Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The classic tale that awakened a nation about the slave system.


Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, travel down the Mississippi in search of freedom.


Vonnegut, Kurt


Billy Pilgrim, an optometrist from Ilium, New York, shuttles between World War II Dresden and a luxurious zoo on the planet Tralfamadore.


Walker, Alice

The Color Purple

A young woman sees herself as property until another woman teaches her to value herself.


Wells, H.G.

The Time Machine

A scientist invents a machine that transports him into the future.


Wolfe, Thomas

Look Homeward, Angel

A novel depicting the coming of age of Eugene Gant and his passion to experience life.


Wright, Richard

Native Son

Bigger Thomas, a young man from the Chicago slums, lashes out against a hostile society by committing two murders.


Further Reading

Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Morrison, Bluest Eye

Griffin, Black Like Me

Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

                     The Sun Also Rises

                     For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ellison, Invisible Man

Kerouac, On The Road

London, Sea Wolf

Knowles, A Separate Peace

Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat

                  East of Eden

                  Cannery Row

                  Of Mice and Men

Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Junger, The Perfect Storm

Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Smith, Betty, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Anzaldua, Gloria, Borderland (La Frontera)

Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

                  Cat’s Cradle

Silko, Ceremony

Hagedorn, Jessica, Dogeaters

Wilson, August, Fences

Monroe, Mary, God Don’t Like Ugly

Mitchell, Margaret, Gone with the Wind

Alvarez, Julia, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent

Larson, Nella, Passing

Zinn, Howard, A People’s History of the United States

Franklin, Benjamin, Poor Richard’s Almanac

Doctorow, E.L., Ragtime

Lamb, Wally, She’s Come Undone

Schlosser, Eric, Fast Food Nation



More Great Books!!!!!



Ain’t I a Woman?

Sojourner Truth

Killers of the Dream

Lillian Smith

Strange Fruit

Lillian Smith

The Bean Trees

Barbara Kingsolver

The Lovely Bones

Alice Seabold

The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

A Lesson Before Dying

Ernest Gaines

How to Read a Book

Charles Van Doren

And Still We Rise:  The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City High School /Students

Miles Corwin

A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

The Last Angry Man

Gerald Green

The Blackboard Jungle

Evan Hunter

The Jungle

Upton Sinclair

The Chosen

Chaim Potok

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

Burry My Heart At Wounded Knee

Dee Brown

Into Thin Air

John Krakauer

Into the Wild

John Krakauer

Nine Stories

J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey

J.D. Salinger

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

The Gangster We Are All Looking For

Le Thi Diem Thuy

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Julia Alvarez

The Salt Eaters

Toni Cade Bambara

Catch 22

Joseph Heller

Song of Myself (Complete)

Walt Whitman

A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson

In Cuba I was a German Shepherd

Ana Menendez

Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

Gorillas in the Mist

Dian Fossey


E. L. Doctorow

She’s Come Undone


Ashes of Roses

Mary Jane Auch

An American Tragedy

Theodore Dreiser

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Holler if You Hear Me:  Search for Tupac Shakur

Michael Eric Dyson

The Perfect Storm

Sebastian Junger

Profiles in Courage

John F. Kennedy

Stoner & Spaz

Ron Koertge

Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

God Don’t Like Ugly

Mary Monroe

Bad Boy

Walter Dean Myers

Cuba 15

Violet Paz

Nothing is Impossible:  Reflection on a New Life

Christopher Reeve

Almost a Woman

Esmeralda Santiago


Alice Sebold

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith

Johnny Got His Gun

Dalton Trumbo

Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk

Cannery Row

John Steinbeck

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

The Waste Land

T. S. Eliot


Henry David Thoreau

Nature (selections)

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

 Moby Dick; Billy Budd

Herman Melville

Poor Richard’s Almanack

Benjamin Franklin

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

On the Road

Jack Keroac

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, Written by Himself 

Frederick Douglas

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X


Sandra Cisneros

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Mark Haddon

Novio Boy:  A Play

Gary Soto

A Place to Stand

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Last Days of Summer

Steve Kugler

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut


August Wilson

Selected Poetry

Nikki Giovanni

How to be a Chicana Role Model

Michele Serros


Danzy Senna

Monkey King

Patricia Chao  (Dark side of society

When I Was Puerto Rican

Esmeralda Santiago

The Woman Warrior

Maxine Hong Kingston


Ha Jin

In My Father’s House

Ernest Gaines

The Scarlett Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Rule of the Bone

Russell Banks

My Antonia

Willa Cather