updated 8/22/21

Biography/Autobiography

  • The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
  • Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
  • The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
  • The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life - William Finnegan
  • The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe - David I. Kertzer
  • Margaret Fuller: A New American Life - Megan Marshall
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
  • George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis
  • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
  • American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
  • Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson
  • The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
  • de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
  • Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
  • Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • W.E.B. DuBois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis
  • Vera by Stacy Schiff
  • Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
  • Personal History by Katharine Graham
  • Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  • God: A Biography by Jack Miles
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life by Joan D. Hedrick
  • W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis
  • Truman by David McCullough

Drama

  • The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall
  • A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson
  • Fairview - Jackie Sibblies Drury
  • Cost of Living - Martyna Majok
  • Sweat - Lynn Nottage
  • Hamilton - Lin-Manuel Miranda (& the companion reader)
  • Between Riverside and Crazy - Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • The Flick - Annie Baker
  • Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
  • Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes
  • Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
  • Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
  • Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  • Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Doubt, a parable by John Patrick Shanley
  • I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
  • Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
  • Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Proof by David Auburn
  • Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies
  • Wit by Margaret Edson
  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
  • Rent by Jonathan Larson
  • The Young Man From Atlanta by Horton Foote
  • Three Tall Women by Edward Albee
  • Angels in America: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner

Fiction

  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • The Overstory - Richard Powers
  • Less - Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
  • The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
  • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
  • Independence Day by Richard Ford
  • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  • The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  • A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Rabbit At Rest by John Updike
  • The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
  • Ironweed by William Kennedy
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
  • The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
  • Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
  • Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • Collected Stories by Jean Stafford
  • House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  • The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  • Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
  • The Keepers Of The House by Shirley Ann Grau
  • The Reivers by William Faulkner
  • The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
  • The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
  • A Death In the Family by James Agee
  • Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
  • A Fable by William Faulkner
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
  • The Town by Conrad Richter
  • The Way West by A.B. Guthrie
  • Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
  • Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener

General Nonfiction

  • Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
  • The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin
  • The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer
  • Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America - Eliza Griswold
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America - James Forman Jr.
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond
  • Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS - Joby Warrick
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation - Dan Fagin
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys by Gilbert King
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
  • The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedlander
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  • Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
  • Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
  • Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum
  • "A Problem from Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
  • Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
  • Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix
  • Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower
  • Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris by Richard Kluger
  • The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg
  • The Beak Of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
  • Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America by Garry Wills
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin
  • The Ants by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson
  • And Their Children After Them by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
  • A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  • Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
  • Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas
  • Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld
  • The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two by Studs Terkel
  • The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr
  • Is There No Place On Earth For Me? by Susan Sheehan
  • The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
  • Fin-De Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture by Carl E. Schorske
  • Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson
  • The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
  • Beautiful Swimmers by William W. Warner
  • Why Survive? Being Old in America by Robert N. Butler
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dilard
  • The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
  • Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances Fitzgerald
  • Children of Crisis, Vols. II and III by Robert Coles
  • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • The Rising Sun by John Toland
  • Gandhi's Truth by Erik H. Erikson
  • The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
  • So Human An Animal by Rene Jules Dubos
  • Rousseau and Revolution, the Tenth and Concluding Volume of the Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant
  • The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture by David Brion Davis
  • Wandering Through Winter by Edwin Way Teale
  • O Strange New World by Howard Mumford Jones
  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter
  • The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White

History

  • Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain
  • Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel
  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom - David W. Blight
  • The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea - Jack E. Davis
  • Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy - Heather Ann Thompson
  • Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America - T.J. Stiles
  • Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People - Elizabeth A. Fenn
  • The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia 1772-1832 - Alan Taylor
  • Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the late Manning Marable
  • The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker
  • The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
  • Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
  • Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
  • A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
  • The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy
  • Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
  • Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson
  • Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack N. Rakove
  • William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic by Alan Taylor
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

Novel

  • His Family by Ernest Poole
  • The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
  • One of Ours by Willa Cather
  • The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
  • So Big by Edna Ferber
  • Arrowsith by Sinclair Lewis
  • Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  • Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
  • Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge
  • Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Store by T.S. Stribling
  • Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
  • Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
  • Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
  • Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
  • Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
  • A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
  • All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

Poetry

  • Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
  • The Tradition by Jericho Brown
  • Be With - Forrest Gander
  • Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 - Frank Bidart
  • Olio - Tyehimba Jess
  • Ozone Journal - Peter Balakian
  • Digest - Gregory Pardlo
  • 3 Sections - Vijay Seshadri
  • Stag's Leap - Sharon Olds
  • Life on Mars - Tracy K. Smith
  • The Best of It: New and Selected Poems - Kay Ryan
  • Versed - Rae Armantrout
  • The Shadow of Sirius - W.S. Merwin
  • Time and Materials - Robert Hass
  • Failure - Philip Schultz
  • Native Guard - Natasha Trethewey
  • Late Wife - Claudia Emerson
  • Delights & Shadows - Ted Kooser
  • Walking to Martha's Vineyard - Franz Wright
  • Moy Sand and Gravel - Paul Muldoon
  • Practical Gods - Carl Dennis
  • Different Hours - Stephen Dunn
  • Repair - C.K. Williams
  • Blizzard of One - Mark Strand
  • Black Zodiac - Charles Wright
  • Alive Together: New and Selected Poems - Lisel Mueller
  • The Dream of the Unified Field - Jorie Graham
  • The Simple Truth - Philip Levine
  • Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems - Yusef Komunyakaa
  • The Wild Iris - Louise Gluck
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