To Kill a Mockingbird

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

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

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 Grapes of Wrath

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 Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne s THE SCARLET LETTER reaches to our nation s historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community the defiant Hester Prynn

The Old Man and the Sea

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

Little Women

Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women Here are talented tomboy and author to be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devot

East of Eden

In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden the first book, and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth Set in the rich farmland of California s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families the

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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.

Fahrenheit 451

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

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield the weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto the profound s

On the Road

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 Sun Also Rises

The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway s masterpieces, and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway s m