• The Good Earth

    The Good Earth

    Buck, Pearl S.

    In the first of a trilogy, a peasant agrarian Chinese family struggles amidst natural disasters and socio-political strife.

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  • Kindred

    Kindred

    Butler, Octavia E.

    Dana, a Black woman, finds herself constantly shot back and forth between her modern time of 1976 in LA and pre-civil war times in Maryland, eventually meeting an ancestor.

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  • The House on Mango Street

    The House on Mango Street

    Cisneros, Sandra

    Young Latina Esperanza Cordero describes her neighborhood, family, and life growing up in Chicago.

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  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    Ellis, Bret Easton

    High powered, Manhattan-based investment broker Patrick Bateman is a sociopath and a psychopath, as he's as dangerous as he is unreliable.

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  • A Lesson Before Dying

    A Lesson Before Dying

    Gaines, Ernest J.

    Set in Bayonne, LA (a fictional community Gaines has used previously) in the late 1940s, main character Grant Wiggins visits Jefferson, who is on death row for a crime he was unwittingly involved in.

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  • Jonah's Gourd Vine

    Jonah's Gourd Vine

    Hurston, Zora Neale

    John Buddy Pearson, a popular pastor at Zion Hope on the weekends, loves women more than what's good for him during the week.

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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Hurston, Zora Neale

    Janie Crawford, a sassy and self-confident African- American woman of the 1930s, lives life on her own terms and goes through three marriages, one murder trial and more joy and pain than many who judge her.

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  • The Autobiography of An Ex-colored Man

    The Autobiography of An Ex-colored Man

    Johnson, James Weldon

    The first fictional memoir written by a Black man is told through the eyes of Johnson, a biracial man, who is being forced to choose between honoring his Black heritage or passing as a white man in the post-Reconstruction era of the U.S.

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Kesey, Ken

    McMurphy, a newcomer to the psychiatric hospital, leads his fellow patients on to a series of major socio-psychological victories against the head of the nursing staff- aptly called Big Nurse.

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  • The Namesake

    The Namesake

    Lahiri, Jhumpa

    An immigrant experience story following the Ganguli family from Calcutta to Boston, and their journey becoming Americans.

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