America's multifarious and complex literary heritage can be as daunting and exciting to explore as the country itself. Here are just a few classics we have on our shelves to help you begin your journey.
The Black leader discusses his political philosophy and reveals details of his life, shedding light on the ideas that enabled him to gain the allegiance of a still growing percentage of the Black population.
A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.
The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice.
Dissects the character of a middle-class businessman whose search for material wealth and social status leaves him spiritually sterile and doomed to destruction in pre-Depression America. Describes the life of an aggressive, prosperous realtor, reflecting an image of middle-class America.
The itinerant sailor Ishmael begins a voyage on the whaling ship Pequod whose captain, Ahab, wishes to exact revenge upon the whale Moby-Dick, who destroyed his last ship and took his leg. As they search for the savage white whale, Ishmael questions all aspects of life.
After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel.
A feisty young boy fakes his own death to escape his abusive father and heads off down the Mississippi River with his newfound friend Jim, a runaway slave. The adventures of a mischievous young boy and his friends growing up in a Mississippi River town in the nineteenth century.
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