Friday, October 22, 2010
College Bound Reading List--From Arrowhead Library System
There are certain books that those educated in English are expected to read. You may ask how many have I read?
I would answer, "Uhhh. not enough. I've got some reading to do".
I bolded the ones I have read and left a few stunted comments here and there.
A Death in the Family
Story of loss and heartbreak felt when a young father dies.
A collection of short stories lays bare the life of a small town in the Midwest.
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Semi-autobiographical novel about a 14-year-old black youth's religious conversion.
Looking Backward: 2000-1887
Written in 1887 about a young man who travels in time to a utopian year 2000, where economic security and a healthy moral environment have reduced crime.
Seize the Day
A son grapples with his love and hate for an unworthy father.
Reading is a crime and firemen burn books in this futuristic society. Disturbing, couldn't finish.
Immigrant pioneers strive to adapt to the Nebraska prairies.
The story of a New Orleans woman who abandons her husband and children to search for love and self-understanding. Controversial Ending.
Clark, Walter Van Tilburg
The Ox-Bow Incident
When a group of citizens discovers one of their members has been murdered by cattle rustlers, they form an illegal posse, pursue the murderers, and lynch them.
The Chocolate War
Jerry Renault challenges the power structure of his school when he refuses to sell chocolates for the annual fundraiser.
The Red Badge of Courage
During the Civil War, Henry Fleming joins the army full of romantic visions of battle which are shattered by combat.
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Three generations of Native American women recount their searches for identity and love.
A black man's search for himself as an individual and as a member of his race and his society.
As I Lay Dying
The Bundren family takes the ripening corpse of Addie, wife and mother, on a gruesomely comic journey.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
A young man corrupts himself and the American Dream to regain a lost love. Prose to die for.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
In her 100 years, Miss Jane Pittman experiences it all, from slavery to the civil rights movement.
The Scarlet Letter
An adulterous Puritan woman keeps secret the identity of the father of her illegitimate child. Hawthorne may become one of my favorite writers.
A broad comedy about a WWII bombardier based in Italy and his efforts to avoid bombing missions.
A Farewell to Arms
During World War I, an American lieutenant runs away with the woman who nurses him back to health.
Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Janie repudiates many roles in her quest for self-fulfillment. Unforgettable.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A novel about a power struggle between the head nurse and one of the male patients in a mental institution.
To Kill a Mockingbird
At great peril to himself and his children, lawyer Atticus Finch defends an African-American man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town.
A young doctor's wife tries to change the ugliness, dullness and ignorance which prevail in Gopher Prairie, Minn.
Call of the Wild
Buck is a loyal pet dog until cruel men make him a pawn in their search for Klondike gold.
The Member of the Wedding
A young southern girl is determined to be the third party on a honeymoon, despite all the advice against it from friends and family.
A complex novel about a mad sea captain's pursuit of the White Whale. I need to read this one again.
The lifelong friendship of two women becomes strained when one causes the other's husband to abandon her. A favorite.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
Social awareness, the grotesque, and the need for faith characterize these stories of the contemporary South.
The Learning Tree
A fictional study of a black family in a small Kansas town in the 1920s.
The Bell Jar
The heartbreaking story of a talented young woman's descent into madness. Depressing.
Poe, Edgar Allan
Great Tales and Poems
Poe is considered the father of detective stories and a master of supernatural tales. Creepy and disturbing, also one of my favorite writers.
Friendship between two Jewish boys, one Hasidic and the other Orthodox, begins at a baseball game and flourishes despite their different backgrounds and beliefs.
The Catcher in the Rye
A prep school dropout rejects the "phoniness" he sees all about him.
The deplorable conditions of the Chicago stockyards are exposed in this turn-of-the-century novel. Novel available in graphic form.
The Grapes of Wrath
The desperate flight of tenant farmers from Oklahoma during the Depression.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The classic tale that awakened a nation about the slave system.
The Joy Luck Club
After her mother's death, a young Chinese-American woman learns of her mother's tragic early life in China. Heartwarming.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, travel down the Mississippi in search of freedom.
Billy Pilgrim, an optometrist from Ilium, New York, shuttles between World War II Dresden and a luxurious zoo on the planet Tralfamadore.
The Color Purple
A young woman sees herself as property until another woman teaches her to value herself. Favorite.
A collection of short stories about people and life in the deep South.
Look Homeward, Angel
A novel depicting the coming of age of Eugene Gant and his passion to experience life.
Bigger Thomas, a young man from the Chicago slums, lashes out against a hostile society by committing two murders.