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Top American authors
Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster"
The list author says: "These are my favorite Ameican authors and their respective works that I loved the most (which may or may not be about America.).
Perhaps you'll find something here to your own liking."
Appointment in Samarra AND Butterfield AND Hope of Heaven
"Begin O'Hara with this fantastic trio -- you'll be hooked for the rest. O'Hara is by far my favorite American author."
Mr. Moto's Three Aces
"Marquand wrote many superb novels but his Mr. Moto series is just a joy to read."
Main Street (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (B&N Classics)
"A young woman marries a physician and moves with him to the boondocks. She seems happy at first, but..."
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics)
"Great war atmospheric work, set in Spain. Not quite as in-your-face as the typical Hemingway novel."
"A masterwork about a young Black Man who goes from the Old South to the big city and is used as a pawn throughout his unpleasant journey."
Valley of the Dolls
"The *dolls* are pills... dope!"
Ship of Fools
"Anti-semitism on an ocean voyage. Very fluid reading."
"There's a schemer around every corner in this shrewdy-written yarn."
The Great Gatsby
"Perhaps the premier American novel of all time. Lots of symbolism. Set in the ostentatious flapper period of the 1920s."
Tortilla Flat (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
"I'm not a huge Steinbeck fan but this one is a genuine hoot."
Taps for Private Tussie
"We don't hear much about Jesse Stuart but I assure you that this tale of Appalachia is well-worth reading. A masterpiece."
The Catcher in the Rye
"A tale of a troubled youth who wrestles endlessly with ethical problems."
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
"The lunatics of the Beat Generation travel (and wreak havoc) across the United States and Mexico."
Gone with the Wind
"Tale of the United States Civil War, somewhat conveyed via a love story."
The Frontiersmen (Narratives of America series, Book 1)
"A compelling account of Pioneering Americans versus the Native American Indians (primarily the Shawnee) in the Ohio Valley."
The Jungle : The Uncensored Original Edition
"If you read this book you'll probably never eat sausage ever again. Abuse of immigrant workers in the Chicago slaughterhouses."
A Single Pebble
"Hersey spent many years in China -- a tale of people encountered along a great river."
"Satire about the military. Most people pick up on the humor but there are tragic moments as well. Anyone can read this and enjoy it."
Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal
"Lloyd C. Douglas wrote so many fine books that it's difficult to choose just one. Read this one in conjunction with *Magnificent Obsession*, in any order."
The Light in the Forest
"A fast read -- a tale of pioneering adventure in the American wilderness."
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"The best book ever written by an American Author."
Snopes: A Trilogy (Modern Library)
"A series of three books about rural life in early Mississippi. Infinitely readable."
Deadeye Dick: A Novel
"Everyone has their favorite Vonnegut novel (all of them are screwy) and this one is mine. A naive young man accidentally shoots the mayor's wife. Hilarious!"
Follow the River
"A fairly contemporary work about a pioneer-era woman who is captured by Indians."
Winesburg, Ohio (Signet Classics)
"Anderson's Magnum opus about the daily happenings in a small northern Ohio town."
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
"Carson McCullers is the country's best-kept literary secret. This is an off-beat tale about misfits and scoundrels in the American South. I love this book."
The Yellow Room
"Rinehart was the American Agatha Christie. This is a very atmopspheric mystery, arguably the very best whodunit of all time."
Siamese Twin Mystery
"The was no such person as Ellery Queen. It was actually a couple of guys who successfully wrote tons of tough-school detective mysteries. This is an early entry which is my big favorite of them all."
The Lady in the Lake
"Probably the best-known American author of detective fiction. *The Big Sleep* is equally good."
Moby Dick (Oxford World's Classics)
"A sea captain's obsession with a rogue whale. Classic literature."
Walden: Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben (Concord Library)
"Perhaps the genesis of America's enviornmental movement. (Even though it's now rumored that Thoreau once caused a great wildfire in the woods!)"
The Last of the Mohicans (Signet Classics)
"Tales of Natty Bumppo in the American wilderness."
The Scarlet Letter
"I'm not wild about this renowned work but that's hardly the last word on it -- others rave about it and there's no denying that it is a well-known classic. All about a scandal."
Peyton Place (Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England)
"The scandalous novel that likely did more for the the women's liberation movement than any other. Every young gal in America had a copy hidden under her bed when it was first published."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Maestro Reprints)
"One of the scariest stories I've ever read."
Uncle Tom's Cabin
"A classic work that is still hot even today."
To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
"The interest in this well-known tale of civil rights has seen a great resurgence of late."
The Turn of the Screw
"An extraordinary ghost story."
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
"I read this fascinating tale of generations of abused slave families in the Old South when it was first published. A masterpiece."
The Gift of the Magi
"From the renowned author of endless irony."
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