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Best of the Best American Literature Book Covers

Listed below are the top 100 titles for the American literature classroom, ranked in order of popularity, chosen by American literature teachers from across the country.

1. The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
51. The Color of Water:
A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

James McBride
52. Maggie
Stephen Crane
53. Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
54. The Turn of the Screw
and Other Short Novels

Henry James
55. Alas, Babylon
Pat Frank
56. Annie John
Jamaica Kincaid
57. The Call of the Wild
Jack London
58. Cold Mountain
Charles Frazier
59. Fallen Angels
Walter Dean Myers
60. For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
61. The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand
62. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer
63. The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
64. A Prayer for Owen Meany
John Irving
65. Pudd’nhead Wilson
Mark Twain
66. The Road
Cormac McCarthy
67. Sula
Toni Morrison
68. When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir
Esmeralda Santiago
69. The Namesake: A Novel
Jhumpa Lahiri
70. The Absolutely True Diary
of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie
71. All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy
72. Ceremony
Leslie Marmon Silko
73. The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom
74. The Freedom Writers Diary
Erin Gruwell
75. Johnny Got His Gun
Dalton Trumbo
76. The Light in the Forest
Conrad Richter
77. O Pioneers!
Willa Cather
78. Out of the Dust
Karen Hesse
79. McTeague
Frank Norris
80. The Lone Ranger and Tonto
Fistfight In Heaven

Sherman Alexie
81. Dreaming in Cuban
Cristina Garcia
82. Before We Were Free
Julia Alvarez
83. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X with Alex Haley
84. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Ernest J. Gaines
85. Caramelo
Sandra Cisneros
86. The Dollmaker
Harriette Anrow
87. Ellen Foster
Kaye Gibbons
88. Fences
August Wilson
89. A Gathering of Old Men
Ernest J. Gaines
90. The Glass Castle
Jeanette Walls
91. Going After Cacciato
Tim O’Brien
92. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Julia Alvarez
93. Kindred
Octavia E. Butler
94. Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
95. A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
96. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Michael Dorris
97. Our Town
Thornton Wilder
98. Go Tell It on the Mountain
James Baldwin
99. Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life
Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston
100. If Beale Street Could Talk
James Baldwin
2. The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne
3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
4. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
6. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger
7. The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
8. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
9. The Crucible
Arthur Miller
10. The Things They Carried
Tim O’Brien
11. The Awakening
Kate Chopin
12. Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton
13. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
14. A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry
15. The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane
16. The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros
17. The Jungle
Upton Sinclair
18. A Separate Peace
John Knowles
19. The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
20. Anthem
Ayn Rand
21. The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
22. As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner
23. The Color Purple
Alice Walker
24. A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
25. The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
26. Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
27. Native Son (abridged)
Richard Wright
28. My Antonia
Willa Cather
29. Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass,
an American Slave

Frederick Douglass
30. Beloved
Toni Morrison
31. Hiroshima
John Hersey
32. Moby Dick
Herman Melville
33. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Kesey
34. Black Boy
Richard Wright
35. Bless Me, Ultima
Rudolfo Anaya
36. Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller
37. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a
Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

Truman Capote
38. A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest J. Gaines
39. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
40. The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
41. The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison
42. The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner
43. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
44. Catch-22
Joseph Heller
45. The Chosen
Chaim Potok
46. East of Eden
John Steinbeck
47. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
48. Walden and Other Writings
Henry David Thoreau
49. The Bean Trees
Barbara Kingsolver
50. Billy Budd
Herman Melville