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A selection of classic fiction by American authors.

 

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Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale

Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale
Melville, Herman

Fanatic Captain Ahab forces the whaling vessel Pequod and its crew to join his obsessive and vengeful search for the elusive Moby Dick, a ghastly leviathan that stole his leg and haunts his dreams.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 5 copies

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House Made of Dawn

House Made of Dawn
Momaday, N. Scott

This Pulitzer Prize winner traces the plight of modern Native Americans through the story of a young soldier returning home after World War II, and his difficulty re-absorbing his cultural heritage on the reservation.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 13 copies

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No-no Boy

No-no Boy
Okada, John

Ichiro Yamada refuses to fight for America in World War II and is incarcerated both in an internment camp and in prison during the war, returning home to Seattle disgraced and confused about his loyalties.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Plath, Sylvia

This semi-autobiographical novel of famous poet Sylvia Plath follows the downward spiral of Esther Greenwood’s mental illness, her awkwardly amusing experiences working in New York, and her therapy and rehabilitation.


Format: Book
Holds: 11 on 16 copies

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My Name Is Asher Lev

My Name Is Asher Lev
Potok, Chaim

A gifted artist, even as a child, Asher lands in hot water with his Hasidic Brooklyn community when instead of focusing on his Jewish studies, he copies famous nude studies and art works reflecting Christianity.


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Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye
Salinger, J. D.

Spend a few days playing hooky in the city with Holden Caulfield, a wry and skeptical 16-year-old who can't quite get used to the crummy fact that growing up means becoming a complete and total phony.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 14 copies

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John

The Joads, Oklahoma tenant farmers whose farm has blown away, struggle westward towards the promised land of California on a road freighted with human misery and the imperishable will to survive.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance With Death

Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance With Death
Vonnegut, Kurt

While on exhibit on the planet of Tralfamadore, Billy Pilgrim, American soldier and witness to the bombing of Dresden, revisits his memories of the past and the horrors of war.


Format: Book
Holds: 6 on 24 copies

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The Optimist's Daughter

The Optimist's Daughter
Welty, Eudora

When her father dies, Laurel returns to her childhood home and begins an introspective pilgrimage to the source of her identity and grace.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 7 copies

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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence
Wharton, Edith

In this sparkling social novel set in the stiff upper crust of 19th-century New York, Newland Archer is distracted from his proper fiancée May by her mysterious and vivacious cousin, the Countess Olenska.\n


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Holds: 0 on 9 copies

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