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31 Books You Need To Read If You Want To Understand The American South

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver | 31 Books You Need To Read If You Want To Understand The American South

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century—a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious and deeply humane, it confirms that Jonathan Franzen is one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and American soul. #booksthatdefinedgeneration

Loved this book; the author describes American countryside in such a descriptive manner-couldn't put it down.

The Joy Luck Club, presents the stories of four Chinese-immigrant women and their American-born daughters. Each of the four Chinese women has her own view of the world based on her experiences in China and wants to share that vision with her daughter. The daughters try to understand and appreciate their mothers' pasts, adapt to the American way of life, and win their mothers' acceptance.

Fall Books Guide: The Best Books of the Season

Stacy Schiff's "The Witches: Salem, 1692" brings a fresh eye to the worst misogynist atrocity in American history

The remarkable Anne Tyler inspects the ordinary American family with grace in A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

It's so engaging, so gripping, so epic, that I wanted absolutely everybody to share the joy of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle... I think that this is right up there with the greatest American novels ever written. Up there with Steinbeck and even Harper Lee. - Oprah. Featured in Oprah's Book Club 2008