To Kill a Mockingbird

12 December 2019 | By Harper Lee | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

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 Ac

The Catcher in the Rye

03 June 2018 | By J.D. Salinger | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

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 h

Of Mice and Men

25 August 2018 | By John Steinbeck | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world n nDrifters 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

The Old Man and the Sea

06 July 2019 | By Ernest Hemingway | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found here n nThis 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 Pr

Fahrenheit 451

19 January 2019 | By Ray Bradbury | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

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 n nMontag never questions t

The Grapes of Wrath

11 August 2017 | By John Steinbeck | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

The Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized and sometimes outraged millions of readers n nFirst 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 fa

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

13 November 2019 | By Mark Twain | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

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.

On the Road

15 September 2018 | By Jack Kerouac | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

A quintessential novel of America the Beat Generation On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac s years traveling the N American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, a sideburned hero of the snowy West As Sal Paradise Dean Moriarty, the two roam the country in a quest for self knowledge e

The Help

22 August 2019 | By Kathryn Stockett | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found here n nThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step n nTwenty 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

The Bell Jar

24 February 2018 | By Sylvia Plath | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

De glazen stolp is het pijnlijke verslag van een ambitieuze jonge vrouw die niet serieus genomen wordt door de maatschappij nSylvia Plath trekt de lezer meesterlijk mee in de toenemende waanzin van Esther Greenwood, in de jaren vijftig van de vorige eeuw Na een stage wordt Esther afgewezen voor haa

Slaughterhouse-Five

10 June 2019 | By Kurt Vonnegut Jr. | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

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

Gone Girl

13 February 2019 | By Gillian Flynn | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

Marriage can be a real killer n nOn 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

The Road

08 June 2018 | By Cormac McCarthy | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy s masterpiece n nA 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 d

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

15 March 2018 | By Mark Twain | Filed in: the-united-states-of-america.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer revolves around the youthful adventures of the novel s schoolboy protagonist, Thomas Sawyer, whose reputation precedes him for causing mischief and strife Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, half brother Sid, and cousin Mary in the quaint town of St Petersburg, just off the