The hero narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days The boy
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960 It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an
The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world Drifters in search of work, George and his simple minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream a dream that one day they will have some land of their own Eventually they
This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses specifically referred to in the citation accompanying the author s Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.
Guy Montag is a fireman In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden Montag never questions
A nineteenth century boy from a Mississippi River town recounts his adventures as he travels down the river with a runaway slave, encountering a family involved in a feud, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and Tom Sawyer s aunt who mistakes him for Tom.
When Jack Kerouac s On the Road first appeared in 1957, readers instantly felt the beat of a new literary rhythm A fictionalised account of his own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac s beatnik odyssey captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American
The Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized and sometimes outraged millions of readers First published in 1939, Steinbeck s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma
Sylvia Plath s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under maybe for the last time In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step Twenty two year old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger Skeeter would normally find
A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy s masterpiece A father and his son walk alone through burned America Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray The sky is dark Their
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse Five, an American classic, is one of the world s great antiwar books Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives
Marriage can be a real killer On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne s fifth wedding anniversary Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.
An adventure story for children, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a fun filled book that shows life along the Mississippi River in the 1840s Written by Mark Twain, the book shows masterfully done satire, racism, childhood, and the importance of loyalty and courage no matter the cost.