American Book Lists

John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
Best American History Books
984 books — 1,358 voters
The Color Purple by Alice WalkerTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonThe Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XBeloved by Toni MorrisonInvisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Best African American Books
472 books — 570 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Best Southern Books
432 books — 566 voters
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great American Novel
358 books — 560 voters

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieThe Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman AlexieLove Medicine by Louise ErdrichBeyond the World of Man by Sheryl SealReservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Native American Fiction
458 books — 418 voters
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe New Jim Crow by Michelle AlexanderThe Bluest Eye by Toni MorrisonThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Books White People Need To Read
339 books — 371 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
100 Best American Authors
520 books — 367 voters
Devil in Winter by Lisa KleypasNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLeanRomancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia QuinnThe Bride by Julie GarwoodThe Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
Best Humorous Historical Romances
396 books — 339 voters

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee WilliamsThe Crucible by Arthur MillerDeath of a Salesman by Arthur MillerThe Glass Menagerie by Tennessee WilliamsWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Best American Plays
181 books — 241 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerIn Cold Blood by Truman CapoteWise Blood by Flannery O'ConnorAs I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Best Southern Gothic Literature
87 books — 158 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Princess Bride by William GoldmanCharlotte's Web by E.B. WhiteDifferent Seasons by Stephen KingThe Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
American Literature at the Movies
284 books — 140 voters

Diplomacy by Henry KissingerGhost Wars by Steve CollThe Cold War by John Lewis GaddisThe Looming Tower by Lawrence WrightBlowback by Chalmers Johnson
American Foreign Policy
246 books — 126 voters
The Help by Kathryn StockettThe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe11/22/63 by Stephen KingThe Manson File by Nikolas SchreckGo Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
Best Novels about the 1960s
97 books — 95 voters

Forever by Pete HamillTable 21 by T. Rafael CiminoPresence by Perie WolfordThe Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom WolfeThe Alienist by Caleb Carr
Best New York Novels
48 books — 69 voters

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard BailynAnti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard HofstadterThe Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. WoodThe Closing of the American Mind by Allan BloomThe Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand
US Intellectual History
115 books — 37 voters
The Sutler of Petersburg by Joy Ross DavisSpirit of the Rebellion by Debbie  PetersonIn the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead by James Lee BurkeRebel Spirits by Lois RubyPicture the Dead by Adele Griffin
Civil War Ghosts
71 books — 14 voters

Tasting Home by Judith NewtonDiary of a Freedom Writer by Darrius GarrettI Love Yous Are for White People by Lac SuFarewell to Manzanar by Jeanne HoustonFinding My Invincible Summer by Muriel Vasconcellos
California memoirs
20 books — 13 voters
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George SpeareThe Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine HoweWitch Child by Celia ReesLois the Witch by Elizabeth GaskellI, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé
Witch Hunts in Historical Fiction
79 books — 9 voters

Lost by Jacqueline DaviesThreads and Flames by Esther M. FriesnerUprising by Margaret Peterson HaddixTouched by Fire by Irene N. WattsDreamland by Kevin Baker
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
51 books — 1 voter
The Convalescent by Jessica AnthonyEclipse by Andrea Cheng
Hungarian Americans in fiction
2 books — 1 voter

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